B.I MIDNIGHT BLUE MV & MIDNIGHT BLUE (LOVE STREAMING) ALBUM Review

Hello all!

It has been a while…

Hope you all are doing well and are staying safe and healthy!!!

Anyways…

This is going to be a little different from my usual “Kpop Music” reviews…because I usually review albums…

But in this case, I will be doing my first of 2021! Year of the OX! Woohoo!

And who will be the focus of my FIRST EVER KPOP MV & ALBUM REVIEW of this year 2021?…

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR 2018, KIM HANBIN AKA B.I.

ALWAYS iKON leader! 😉

Anyways…

B.I had been gone for a while, two years actually, because of his scandal that had pushed him to leave both iKON and YG Entertainment while he was under investigation, especially since the company had many issues going on at the time.

And just in case you are not updated on that he was found innocent for drug use, as in his results came back negative.

He admitted he was going through a rough patch in his early days, thought about doing it, bought it but he did not take/consume it.

Despite all that and that sad, heartbreaking time… I am so glad he is back!!!

Anyways… Peace out for the delay…I know I am really late and it is about a little more than a week since the song release…AND album release…

I had a lot on my plate…I was able to listen to the three songs for the ablum and recently got around to watching the Midnight Blue MV itself…

But it is enough time for me to gather my thoughts so I can give a honest, as much as possible, unbiased review…

Anyways…

For the love of Kim Hanbin aka B.I and iKON….

PRESENTING!!!

B.I MIDNIGHT BLUE MV & MIDNIGHT BLUE (LOVE STREAMING) ALBUM Review

Disclaimer: I do not own #BIiKON #KimHanbin #131Label (But I am a #iKONIC / #YGartists #YGstan #BINIC ) I do not own any of the pictures. I got them online from whether on YouTube, Amazon Music, or on Search engines.

First off, like all of my previous album reviews post, I want to clarify I am no musical expert. But I am a music lover who is particularly leaning or more inclined towards KPOP & other Asian music. Don’t get me wrong I am into all kinds of music like classical music, instrumental to anime theme songs and International artists as well like Linkin Park, Avril Lavigne, Jojo, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Taylor Swift, NSYNC etc etc, just to name a few. But as I mentioned before I lean a little more towards KPOP especially these past couple years.

Also, like I mentioned many times in all of my previous KPop album reviews, my interest in KPOP all started with the debut of 2NE1, BLACKPINK’s,  iKON’s, WINNER’s and Lee Hi’s older sister group from the same entertainment agency. The same group…who Park Bom, in my previous album review was also in…

2NE1 opened the doors to me to KPOP, with BIGBANG another sibling BUT elder group steeping deeply into my heart, followed by other artists including iKON, WINNER, BLACKPINK and LEE HI in their entertainment agency, YG entertainment. But more of them  on another time, including 2NE1 cause to me 2NE1 is always forever and legendary! 

But for now, the focus of my review is on Kim Hanbin aka B.I! 2018’s Songwriter of the Year! And his MIDNIGHT BLUE love streaming / donation release album and the MV of, Midnight Blue.

 Peace out btw for going off topic. 😊 Warning, I might do this every once in a while. LOL

Now … Just a little bit about Kim Hanbin aka B.I… 

Kim Hanbin, mainly known by his stage name B.I, is a South Korean rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer and former leader of the YG Entertainment boy group, iKON. He first made his public appearance is MC Mong’s promotions and MV for “Indian Boy” as well as “Horror Show” in 2009.

Not long after in 2011 he became a trainee in YG Entertainment. After two years of training he participated in a reality survival program WIN: Who Is Next as a contestant under Team B. The show resulted in Team A’s victory, thus B.O and his fellow Team B return to training. In May 2014, B.I and his fellow Team B member Bobby competed in Show Me The Money 3, where B.I released his first single that reached the top of the charts, “Be.I”. Then in 2014, Team B returned to the reality survival show scene Mix & Match, which the filming took place during B.I’s appearance in Show Me The Money, give him an experience that totally took a toll on him… Practicing and preparing for Show Me the Money , developing his solo experience while giving him a different level of responsibility and honing his leadership skills in Mix & Match! Mix & Match then resulted in the debut of Team B as iKON with an additional member…making the seven…Kim Hanbin aka B.I, Kim Jiwon aka BOBBY, Kim Jinhwan aka JAY, Song Yunhyeong aka SONG, Koo Junhoe aka JUNE, Kim Donghyuk aka DK and Jung Chanwoo aka CHAN!

Then, in October 2014, he featured in former labelmate Epik High’s Born Hater alongside Beenzino, Verbal Jing, WINNER’s Mino and fellow iKON BOBBY. From then 2015-2019, B.I composed and produced all of iKON’s songs and music album. He even co-wrote and/or co-produced other former labelmates songs as well…such us WINNER’s “empty”, BLACKPINK’s “Whistle”, several song’s in PSY’s 4X2=8 album, Seungri’s “Mollado”, Lee Hi’s “1,2 featuring Choi Hyunsuk of TREASURE” as well as Lee Hi’s “No One”.   B.I also produced, written and composed  four of the five tracks of iKON’s album “I Decide”.

At the time I Decide album was released in Feb 2020 and iKON was doing their promotions for it, B.I had already left the group the year before due to his scandal.  From time to time, he would release a couple demos from his SoundCloud just for the fans.  And one point during his time away the kpop scene it became public knowledge of his charity work and donations especially the charity he had been donating to for years on his birthday in October.  Also what became known was the donation of masks he gave to charity, during the Covid crisis.  Once news release of his negative results and being found innocent, B.I slowly started making his way back into the industry.  He created his first label 131 Label, making him the the youngest CEO.  Also, after some encouragement in 2021, B.I also featured in Epik High’s song “Acceptance Speech.” The same year, just a week ago, B.I released his first album Midnight Blue (Love Streaming), which is not for commercial release as it is more of a donation album where all sales for physical sales, all social media platforms like Youtube and Spotify, all profits go to WorldVision, the worldwide children’s charity organization.

Now onwards with the B.I MIDNIGHT BLUE MV & MIDNIGHT BLUE (LOVE STREAMING) ALBUM Review

Just to clarify, this REVIEW will be  divided into three parts…

This is because there is three song in B.I’s MIDNIGHT BLUE (LOVE STREAMING) ALBUM:

MIDNIGHT BLUE

REMEMBER ME

BLOSSOM

First up…MIDNIGHT BLUE!!!

I will talk about the song and lyrics…

Here it goes…

First off just to squeeze in… I listened and watched the MV first without the English captions/subtitles..

Anyways…

…The moment the song begun I could feel my emotions stirring and my eyes kind of tearing up a bit…not only because this is practically marks his return to the scene even though it is for a children’s charity he is doing this for…

Getting back to MIDNIGHT BLUE…oh my goodness…my heart! This song has all the feels!

The melody is so beautiful and B.I’s voice is so sad, mellow and somewhat emotional… But at the same time both feel so heartfelt, with hints og vulnerability, and has resignation and depth. I could feel as a sense of healing and comfort coming over me.

Now, I will talk about B.I’S Midnight Blue lyrics…this time with the English captions/subtitles…

As always…B.I is an amazing genious writer / composer / lyricist…a poet!

His lyrics are so beautiful, inspiring and relatable…

Especially with simple lines like “What am I here for?”…I felt that…

“Holding back tears at night is your life” …oh the feels…

And “Go ahead and cry”…oh my…definitely felt that!

Those lines and the lyrics, the music, his voice resonated deeply into my soul!

Moving On now with the MV of Midnight Blue…

The MV of MIDNIGHT BLUE is anime cartoon illustrated and it is totally awesome and such a beautiful MV.

The illustration video clearly shows the story and the emotions he is expressing through his lyrics.

When he is singing about growing up too fast, hearts being fragile and deadly words like sacrifice is accepted so easily…It shows his anime/cartoonish character who has a visible scar on left cheek and self-contemplating those thoughts as he looks at a scenic view of buildings just as the sun is going down.

Next when he sings what he is living for or what he is here for and “let’s be happy” has all been said… The animation shows his anime/cartoonish character sitting at the bus stop quite forlorn then as he continues to sing achingly sad but resigned…  His anime/cartoonish character heads home, washes the dishes but there is still too many and he sings about “facing the darkness is your heart,” keeping us warm with a blanket and “holding back tears at night is your life,” but there is no blanket for him with crumpled papers and paper airplanes around him… He finally takes one paper plane and throws it out his balcony…

The paper plane flies through the sky and flies far until it caught…my guess…by his mom. This is because Kim Hanbin aka B.I always talk about either his younger sister or his Mom! He once said during the Behind the Scenes’ of Epik Hater’s “Born Hater”, that he cannot hate anyone, he’d learn not to hate anyone from his mother…

Anyways the cartoonish character who represents his mother catches the paper airplane… From there B.I starts to rap in a soothing flow… In my interpretation of the lyrics… progress of the feelings while going through difficulties and dealing with insecurity that acting as though things are alright and that  being at home is comfortable but still cold, and then when everything is all over the bad memories will still be memories too….But then… as his mom’s cartoonish character reaches out to his and spends time with him and comforts him… And … his characters sleeps with a blanket and the next day the dishes are clean and he has a band-aid as the song ends with “so go ahead and cry.” Basically saying that it’s okay to not be okay and that we can cry if we are in pain. And since we had been “Holding back tears at night is your life”…instead of telling us to stay strong and we cannot handle holding back the tears anymore, we can cry.

Basically, he is tellin us it is okay to be vulnerable and express pain while at same time he is healing us by saying that things can be hard, but those things will one day become memories too that you will one day look back on and that there is always a new day! The sun always comes up!

It is a such a beautiful song that definitely fills my soul with comfort and healing!

Now…the two remaining songs…

REMEMBER and BLOSSOM…

On these two songs…PEACE OUT…it will be a much shorter review on them but I will still be honest with my thoughts…

Anyways… B.I’s MIDNIGHT BLUE (LOVE STREAMING) ALBUM…

Next up…REMEMBER ME!!!

Anyways…REMEMBER ME…was originally first heard as a short demo B.I aka KIM HANBIN released on his Soundcloud…

Now in this album, it is a much longer and now finished the product! The song is so beautiful with the expression of longing, self-comfort and hope.

The music is so simple but beautiful and either way it is expressing B.I’s nostalgia of the past as he wonders where is stands amongst those who cares for him…as well as the fear of being forgotten and his hopes that the fans…the people that he cares about and who cares for him haven’t forgotten him.  His hopes that even though he was gone for a while, there is a still a space for him… it does not have to be a big space, just a small space that we…his fans remember him.

And as a fan of his, I so do remember him and never forgotten him.

Now, last up from the MIDNIGHT BLUE(LOVE STREAMING) ALBUM…

 …BLOSSOM!

Anyways…BLOSSOM…was also originally first heard as a short demo B.I aka KIM HANBIN released on his Soundcloud…as DEMO 3.

Like REMEMBER ME… BLOSSOM is a much longer and now finished the product! The song is so beautiful with the expression of acceptance, comfort, moving on and little hints of holding on to the past.

The music is also simple but beautiful…and it touches the heart…

I loved his lyrics of “Don’t worry about me and stay beautiful as you’ve always been. When the flower withers, I’ll live with the joy of getting hit by the wind”. So sweet and poetic! The entirety is in my opinion! Also, this reminds me of his Weekly Idol guesting with Ikon, where he once said he wants to be the Wind, saying along the lines that the wind always around, coming around and passing by.

I also adored the part when he says that he was definitely loved and that he will smile when he remembers those memories.

I found it nice and interesting when he says that “All the questions and answers, worries and thoughts, your world. I’m still breathing in it, so don’t tear up.  Your smile was my reason to live. When the trace of me makes you tired, You can completely forget about me. I’ll become fragrance and linger on your nose. Then I’ll become the sunset and melt.”

It is because I feel like he is aware that his fans, his supporters worry and curious about him and is basically saying that he is okay and for us not to worry, he wants us to be happy. And if one day, we start to get tired and he slowly fades from our thoughts, it is okay if we forget about him… He accepts it if we do forget him and he will always be there. I find that sweet.

Anyways, overall, BLOSSOM is a beautiful song of acceptance, hope and compassion.

Overall, I highly recommend this album! And I know I am pretty biased!

But either way, my thoughts on entirely of the MIDNIGHT BLUE(LOVE STREAMING) ALBUM is it is such a heartfelt album that was definitely made to express Hanbin aka B.I’s fans and listeners a sense of comfort as he expresses his own journey…his feelings especially these past two years of not being in the spotlight….

Honestly, I feel that it hard to shake off the mark he left on iKON’s sound, because he is practically the brains behind the lyrics and the music giving iKON a distinct sound…

 And with that, being said, this album is undeniably beautiful, and heart felt as any fan would say yes…B.I aka Kim Hanbin wrote and produced song.  This is so him!

And hopefully, it is giving comfort as well to those who miss hearing his music and looking forward for more from him.

From his album, MIDNIGHT BLUE(LOVE STREAMING), I could feel his soul, compassion, and his love. That he accepted everything that happened even though it was hard for him, and took time for the truth to come out. That he is keeping real, staying true and never forgotten those who love him and he hopes they/we didn’t forget him too… I could feel his sincerity! 

Most especially since this album, MIDNIGHT BLUE(LOVE STREAMING) is a donation album where all the proceeds, meaning he put the album credit to, World Vision, a Christian Humanitarian Organization for Helping Children worldwide! This also means, even if one day in future B.I aka Kim Hanbin he *knocks on wood* passes away…all the profits will still go to this Organization. The same charity organization he had been donating to for years since his debut! B.I aka Kim Hanbin a good, sweet heart!

Anyways…

 Hanbin, you were never forgotten! I always remember you! All of your fans, friends and always do! I am so glad you are back! You are loved and YOU WILL ALWAYS BE LOVED!

Anyways if you made it up to here… Thank you so much for taking the time to read my review on Kim Hanbin aka B.I’s Midnight Blue MV & Midnight Blue (Love Streaming) Album review…

I highly recommend this album!!!

MV and videos of the songs are all on Youtube under 131 LABEL. All the songs are available on all music platforms especially SPOTIFY and AMAZON MUSIC!

Let’s keep on streaming not only if you love and miss B.I aka Kim Hanbin like I do…. but let’s also keep on streaming for all the children! As I’ve mentioned before this album, MIDNIGHT BLUE(LOVE STREAMING) is a donation album where all the proceeds, meaning he put the album credit to, World Vision, a Christian Humanitarian Organization for Helping Children worldwide!

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Anyways til my next post…

STAY SAFE! STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY! As well as Respect each other! Cause the virus does not discriminate!

God Bless you and your loved ones always! Let us all pray for the best and for as cure for not only the Corona virus but all diseases as well!

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