A day after his pre-release listening party, BTS‘s J-Hope has finally released his anticipated solo album Jack In The Box to the public! Since its release, ARMYs have been in absolute awe of his work and artistry.
Even casually listening, you can’t help but appreciate everything J-Hope has put into the album. Yet, if you go deep, you will discover more details that will make you appreciate it even more.
First of all, if you look at the cover art for Jack In The Box, you can see that it is a collaboration with American artist and designer KAWS.
This is one of J-Hope’s favorite artists. You can often see his work in members’ studios.
Yet, if you look closer, you will notice that seven hands are making up the cover. So, though it’s a solo album, BTS are represented subtly.
oomf just pointed out… that the album cover has SEVEN HANDS pic.twitter.com/yJHeTIDjfm
— sarah min🃏 (@tanseok) July 15, 2022
— isla⁷ (@sparklinsuga) July 15, 2022
it's the 7 ALWAYS. pic.twitter.com/EYZy1yK0Xl
— naz⁷ in the box 🃏 (@shy_taegi) July 15, 2022
J-Hope’s pose also bears a resemblance to Michelangelo‘s The Creation of Adam, which forms part of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling. Considering he’s an art lover, this probably was intentional.
is the jitb cover a kaws rendition of the creation of adam painting or am i just seeing my own things pic.twitter.com/t2UPmwW4LE
— macaw in the box 🃏 (@telepathyibo) July 15, 2022
Additionally, ARMYs have noticed that song credits list R.Diggs and R.Jones from the legendary hip-hop group Wu Tang Clan as co-writers, along with J-Hope and Dem Jointz!
Wait. Waaaaait. RZA ??? HOBI GOT THE LEADER OF WU TANG CLAN IN THE CREDITS ???? ARE YOU KIDDING ME ???? pic.twitter.com/HC9CdxCLvz
— 🌸TAN⁷ in the box 🌸 🃏 (@chubbymolala) July 15, 2022
J-Hope’s new song “What if…” actually sampled the song called “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” by Ol’ Dirty Bastard (stage name of the late R.Jones). The latter track was also co-written and produced by R.Diggs (also known as RZA).
J-Hope proves that he is not just a fan of Hip Hop. As a Hip Hop artist, he has truly educated himself and has mad respect for those who came before him, and he also gives credit where credit is due (not all artists do).
Also, some may say that J-Hope spoiled his solo concept back in 2013. He referenced his stage name’s origins in “Pandora’s Box.”
The first verse of Pandora's Box : “They call me hope, Do you know why I am hope? Pandora's history That's my born”
And the last thing left in the box was hope. pic.twitter.com/g8KsPN1gvz
— ⁷ (@bangtanharu) July 15, 2022
There is a lot to appreciate in this music video. For one thing, J-Hope is basically a stuntman now, as eagle-eyed ARMYs noticed that he may have literally lied down on the ground at the center of the “S” in flames.
SO IS THAT ACTUALLY HIM STANDING BETWEEN THE FIRE??? pic.twitter.com/o78l23GXYm
— ✧*ava in the box☽⁷ 🃏 (@tpwkjimin) July 15, 2022
We’ve been finding all sorts of connections to previous music, including both solo mixtape Hope World and even BTS discography.
The concept photos for “Arson” had references to HYYH (short for “Hwa Yang Yeon Hwa” or “The Most Beautiful Moment In Life”) and possibly even “Dope.”
IS THAT BEACH IN THE BEHIND????? pic.twitter.com/cUSiCTixP7
— sab⁷ #jackinthebox 🃏 (@alpacajintae) July 10, 2022
After watching the teaser for “Arson,” ARMYs wondered if it was connected to “FIRE.” A hooded figure appears in both music videos.
That guy running in hoodie looks familiar 😳 pic.twitter.com/FuAiuufres
— ◡̈ (@taebokkiii) July 13, 2022
IT'S CONNECTED???? pic.twitter.com/jfipWPiY59
— Carolyne⁷ 🃏🌱 (@mhereonlyforbts) July 13, 2022
Lyrics in “Arson” also connect to “HANGSANG,” featuring Supreme Boi from Hope World. The lyrics are slightly different but convey the same message.
THE REFERENCE TO HANGSANG IN ARSON pic.twitter.com/qOhZwo3Ci3
— lex⁷ (@prodK0YA) July 15, 2022
And, of course, “Arson” is connected to the pre-release single “MORE.”
Previously, we saw J-Hope via X-ray. Now, we see his internal organs.
first the xray, now the heart organ pic.twitter.com/YZoAInUEoF
— amberthv. (@kthseoulove) July 15, 2022
Yet, the same box in which the storyline for “MORE” took place is seen burning in “Arson.”
the box is burning 🔥 pic.twitter.com/MFWbADYX02
— bora 💜 (@modooborahae) July 13, 2022
The “MORE” MV contains tons of Easter eggs and references too.
WAIT….so what you telling me is all the rooms that are in this box, Hobi visited in the music video MEANING..HE WAS LITERALLY JACK IN DA BOXXXX pic.twitter.com/zmSoifkIf5
— Alysé⁷ in the box💘 (@vmonsparadise) July 1, 2022
ARMYs couldn’t help but notice the cinematic parallels to Hollywood films The Wolf of Wall Street and Fight Club.
– The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
– MORE (2022) pic.twitter.com/5sUgYohtOz
— ⁷ (@bangtanharu) July 1, 2022
You know the main character's name in Fight Club is Jack Moore, right? 👀 https://t.co/NIjOhFGCYP
— BTS is/in Art (@Maerlyn8_BTS7) July 1, 2022
Again, he gives a subtle shoutout to BTS.
The sunlight reflection is in bangtan's symbol 😭 pic.twitter.com/VRvSWpkHSs
— vanavee⁷ ♡'s diksha (@vanavee7) July 1, 2022
And V even made a cameo.
is that taehyung? pic.twitter.com/LGiAVURkm1
— xia (@vantends) July 1, 2022
There’s also a shoutout for his younger self!
when he raps “self learning for 11 years” looking like when he debuted… pic.twitter.com/aGVgoivI9y
— 🗡🃏 (@2jihope) July 1, 2022
'EGO' 'MORE' pic.twitter.com/exPQw4uZrE
— hope⁷ 🃏 (@winnttaebear) July 1, 2022
And, J-Hope went deep with his lyrics.
hoseok referencing Dali, a painter with a “vast number of artistic styles” that created a “dreamworld” through his art. insane pic.twitter.com/QII118jrvi
— lex⁷ (@prodK0YA) July 1, 2022
like his lyricism is crazy 😭 it’s just something small i noticed but. listening to it all together “yeah i’m thirsty i need to be surfing on the beat i’m a fish in water soak up the music” he definitely did that on purpose n it goes together so well i jus wanted to bring that up
— 🃏💜 (@bIossomkth) July 1, 2022
— 🃏💜 (@bIossomkth) July 1, 2022
Check out even more details in “MORE” below: