9 Collabs By BTS’ Suga That Are Nothing Short Of Genius
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you most likely know a thing or two about BTS’s rapper, songwriter, and rising producer Min Yoongi, who’s also known by his stage name Suga, his producer nickname Min PD, and his mixtape moniker Agust D. With over 100 songs credited to him by the Korea Music Copyright Association, of which he is a full member, Suga has undoubtedly made a name for himself in the music industry as a member of BTS, a solo rapper, and a large-scale collaborator.
Here are some of Suga’s collaborations throughout the years as a rapper, producer, or both.
1. Agust D – “So Far Away” (Feat. Suran)
We all know how hard it is to have a dream and to bring it to life. Suga brings this topic up as he addresses the frustration and confusion that stems from it, whereas Suran comforts with messages of hope, singing that there is a dream for everyone and it’s only a matter of time before it comes true. Synergic and powerful, the duet’s sounds send us on a musical journey of healing.
2. Suran – “Wine” (Prod. by Suga and Feat. Changmo)
After a high-charting collaboration, Suga and Suran join forces again. Only this time, Suga is taking part as a producer, which makes this his first time producing for an artist that’s not BTS. The track is a mix of R&B, hip hop, and electro-pop and tells the story of someone who reminisces about their ex over a glass of wine. “Wine” was a first chart-topper both for Suran since her debut and for Suga as a producer, and this feat earned the two artists the Hot Trend Award at the 2017 Melon Music Awards.
3. Lee Sora – “Song Request” (Feat. Suga)
This is another chart-topping hit for Suga as both a featuring artist and co-lyricist. Co-produced by Tablo who recommended Suga to Lee Sora for this song, “Song Request” reflects the loneliness one feels that leads them to turn on the radio and match the song playing to their current mood. The song achieved a perfect all-kill on music charts and topped iTunes charts worldwide. It also marks Suga’s first collaboration as a featuring artist.
4. Epik High – “Eternal Sunshine” (Prod. by Suga)
Suga and Tablo meet again, with the BTS rapper being in the producer’s shoes this time. This collaboration was a huge reward for both his fans and Suga himself, who’s a big fan of Epik High. This groovy, laid-back beat carries meaningful lyrics about the emotional exhaustion that builds up from the harshness of society and contains the trio’s advice to live life one step at a time.
5. Heize – “We Don’t Talk Together” (Prod. by Suga and Feat. Giriboy)
Min PD strikes again! This time, Suga lent his craft to Heize’s “We Don’t Talk Together” featuring Giriboy. This mellow tune fits perfectly with the story of two people who have grown apart because of their lack of communication. Not only did this song top major music charts, but it also won first place on a music show even though it wasn’t being promoted. Talk about talented people working together!
6. Halsey – “Suga’s Interlude”
Halsey is a good friend of BTS’s who has previously featured on one of their title tracks “Boy With Luv.” This time, Suga was offered to be part of Halsey’s latest album with an interlude bearing his name. He was asked to write his verse in Korean, and in it, he brought back one of his old lines from BTS’s “Tomorrow.”
7. IU – “eight”
This is the collaboration that we didn’t know we needed. Two lyricists with a talent for words, emotions, and mindfulness unite to bring us the masterpiece that is “eight.” Co-produced by Suga, the ballad delves into topics that haunt every person in their late twenties. Naturally, this bop swept charts both domestically and internationally.
8. Agust D – “Burn It” feat. MAX
What started as a friendly encounter turned into an amazing musical opportunity for Suga and MAX alike. Part of Agust D’s second mixtape, “Burn It” is about setting the past into flames and gathering the courage to move on. MAX’s English lyrics perfectly mirror their Korean counterpart and showed flawless harmony between the two musicians. Fans will be getting more of this duo, as Suga will be featuring in “Blueberry Eyes” on MAX’s upcoming album “Colour Vision.”
9. “Dear My Friend” feat. Kim Jong Wan of Nell
This time, Suga comes together with Kim Jong Wan for another wholesome duet. Agust D blesses us with his slow yet heart-wrenching rap about a friendship that couldn’t stand the test of time, while Kim Jong Wan sings through the chorus, reminiscing about the good old days and wondering if things would’ve been different had the two friends handled things differently back then.
Which Suga collab is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
Esmee L. is a Moroccan lively dreamer, writer, and Hallyu enthusiast.