BTS‘s J-Hope has now become the first ever South Korean artist to headline a major U.S. music festival with his performance at Lollapalooza on July 31. As he created history on stage, he made sure to pay his respects to the artists who inspired the music he was performing.
During his set at the festival, J-Hope performed two songs that trace their origin back to some legendary black musicians. His song “What If” samples Ol’ Dirty Bastard‘s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” and the other song, “Chicken Noodle Soup,” is a remake of a song with the same name by Webstar and YoungB.
While performing both the songs, J-Hope gave a shoutout to the original creators, winning hearts of fans once again with his sincerity towards the culture that has shaped him as an aritst.
J-Hope putting Wu-Tang Clan’s Ol’ Dirty Bastard on the Lollapalooza screen, this is how u pay homage to a legend 😭 pic.twitter.com/FWUOtMsSOC
— BIitzze🃏‹‹ | ››💿 (Megan’s wife💓) (@yoongisgunner) August 1, 2022
“shout out to DJ webstar and Young B for the track” hoseok shouting out the original artists of chicken noodle soup?? LEGEND pic.twitter.com/LZKY8ewqlE
— lex⁷ (@prodK0YA) August 1, 2022
Fans, especially from the black community, were very appreciative of this gesture. In recent times, K-Pop has often faced criticism for its lack of acknowledgement of black culture(s) as a significant source of its inspiration.
But as a K-Pop group that started with a Hip-Hop base, BTS has always made honest efforts to understand and show their appreciation towards the origin of the genre. J-Hope even made sure that the original rapper got her dues and paid Young B $2.7 million when he remade her song, though it was a free release!
THATS HOW YOU REP https://t.co/wvXXmOsPlB
— Nique/Binx ⁷ (@ANNIQUEARLEAN) August 1, 2022
Trust BTS to never forget their roots!