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On September 1, the chill rap single was shared via Balming Tiger’s channels, alongside an accompanying video treatment. The new visual features members of Balming Tiger receiving medical care by hooking up to a machine that induces electroshock therapy. Later, the other Balming Tiger members are spotted in an asylum and a sauna. Meanwhile, RM enters an old mechanical repair shop filled with pedestal fans owned by an elderly man.
“Maybe you wanna be fresh / Fresh like a hell of a kul, boy / Check my attitude / Know we always break the rule boy,” RM spits in his verse.
The new collaboration was first announced via BTS’ official Twitter page on August 24, along with preview of ‘Sexy Nukim”s accompanying track art – an illustration of Balming Tiger’s eight members as colourful, animated characters set against a funky, psychedelic orange-themed backdrop.
Balming Tiger are a South Korean musical collective comprising a team of directors, rappers, DJs, singer-songwriters and editors who have described themselves as a “multi-national alternative K-pop group”. They debuted in 2018 with the single ‘I’m Sick’.
‘Sexy Nukim’ marks RM’s first solo endeavour since BTS announced in June that they would be “[taking] time to explore some solo projects” instead of focusing on group activities.
In the time since, RM has been teasing plans to release solo music of his own sometime this year, sharing in April that he has been “inviting really interesting and unexpected people to my album”.
In a follow-up update shared last month, RM told fans that he was “near the end of my work on the album”. “I will probably be the next member after J-Hope to release my solo album,” he said. “Studio work is like 90 per cent done.”
In other BTS news, the seven-piece are set to hold a free live performance in Busan, South Korea in October in support of the city’s bid to host the forthcoming 2030 World Expo.