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Bangtan Boys at Seoul Plaza, Jung-gu, Seoul, in October 2013.
From left to right: V, Suga, Jin, Jung Kook, Rap Monster, Jimin, J-Hope
Producer Bang Si Hyuk held a hip-hop audition called "Hit It." The audition sought people to join a hip-hop crew that Bang Si Hyuk was planning on debuting in 2011. Due to members leaving the original group lineup, the debut was postponed. Rap Monster and Jin remain as the only members of the original group line-up who debuted in BTS.
J-Hope appeared on several music programs when he featured in 2AM member Jo Kwon's track "Animal," credited as Jung Hoseok. The rest of the members, excluding Rap Monster and Jimin, also appeared in Jo Kwon's "I'm Da One" music video. The group released two cover songs before their debut. Jin, Rap Monster and Suga produced and released a cover track of Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools (Drank)", and titled it "School of Tears." J-Hope, Jung Kook and Jimin, produced "Graduation Song", a cover track of Wiz Khalifa's "Young, Wild, & Free". Despite being part of the group since 2011, member V was kept a secret until the release of their debut teasers for "No More Dream."
Bangtan Boys released their debut single 2 Cool 4 Skool on June 12, 2013, and debuted on Mnet's music program M! Countdown a day later. Besides the title track "Dream No More, the group also promoted another track from the single, "We are Bulletproof Pt.2". On September 11, Bangtan Boys released their first mini-album, O!RUL8,2?, along with its title track "N.O.". The group also performed two other songs "Paldogangsan" and "Attack of Bangtan" on various music shows.
2014: Skool Luv Affair, Japanese activities, Dark & Wild, 1st Solo Concert
Bangtan Boys released their mini-album Skool Luv Affair on February 12, 2014. A day earlier, the group held a showcase at the Lotte Card Arts Centre in Seoul, performing various new songs "Jump", "Just One Day", and "Boy In Luv". The members directly participated in song production. Suga, Rap Monster and J-Hope played a large contribution in both the music production and lyrics. They worked alongside the producer "Hitman" Bang, as well as Pdogg, Supreme Boi, Slow Rabbit, and OWO. Suga revealed that he began producing the lyrics and melody for "Jump" and "Tomorrow" when he was still a trainee. The group released the music videos for both the title track "Boy in Luv", and another track "Just One Day", and promoted their album on various music shows.
In mid-February, it was disclosed that the band would appear in their own version of a popular Japanese simulation game known as Kstars Wonderland. They were the second artist to participate in the project; the first being fellow South Korean boy group, Infinite.
In early March, Big Hit Entertainment announced that BTS was scheduled to make their official Japanese debut. The album was officially released on June 4, with their first official single being a Japanese version of their general debut song, "No More Dream". On July 14, 2014, they held an American showcase, "BTS: Show & Prove." It was broadcast on their reality show called, BTS American Hustle Life, starting on July 24, 2014.
On July 24 Big Hit Entertainment announced via BTS Official Facebook page that BTS was to release their first album titled Dark & Wild on August 20. Their first teaser pictures were released on August 8 followed by on the 12th with their first teaser. BTS had their showcase August 19 at Blue Square Samsung Card Hall in Seoul. They first performed "Danger" on KBS'sMusic Bank. BTS also had a webtoon titled 'We On'. 'We On' is a collaboration between Jaedam Media, CJ E&M, and Big Hit Entertainment, written and drawn by Lee Soon Gi and Park Jong Sung.
On August 28, Big Hit Entertainment announced that BTS would have their first solo concert, BTS 2014 LIVE TRILOGY: EPISODE Ⅱ. THE RED BULLET at AX-Korea on October 18 and 19. Because both concerts quickly sold out, Big Hit Entertainment announced that they would hold an extra concert on October 17. They are now promoting their latest song, War of Hormone.