My Favourite Tracks from BTS’ O!RUL8,2?

Deepika Gill, Gurgaon, Haryana

O!RUL8,2? (Oh! Are you late, too?), by BTS is their first mini-album released in 2013 after ‘2 Cool 4 Skool.’ It was released on September 11, 2013. It consists of 10 tracks namely Intro: O!RUL8,2?, N.O., We On, Skit: R U Happy Now?, If I Ruled the World, Coffee, Cypher: Pt.1., Attack on Bangtan, Paldogangsan, and Outro: Luv in Skool. Through this album, BTS convey a message “you must find your happiness and your own life before it’s too late.” The lyrics of the tracks in this album brutally lay open reality as it delivers a bold admonition to a world that inflicts despair. Children are raised like study machines without a motive and without a chance to think about their future by themselves.

A world where classmates are not friends but competitors who are trying to trample each other. BTS sing about the sounds and anguish that such hopeless life has left on today’s teens. The concept trailers of the album shows them under the dark light which soon turns into the members doing hip hop and getting caught by the police.

Video Credits: HYBE LABELS

The music video teaser shows that all the students are settled on their benches while they do everything their teacher asks them to, like puppets.

Video Credits: HYBE LABELS

But at last, their bottled up emotions come out as they all stand against their teacher. Similarly, music video teaser 2 shows them all dressed up in white, repeating the line, ‘EVERYBODY SAY N.O,’ which means ‘No Offence.’ Therefore, this album implies that as some children are not given choices and are forced to do what their parents and society wants them to, they should say NO to such restrictions and take a stand for themselves.

Video Credits: HYBE LABELS

If you listen to the intro of the album, The group leader Kim Nam-joon who goes by the stage name RM explains the meaning. They are saying not to be late to do what you want to do. RM refers to the time when he did not do what he wanted, he studied instead of pursuing his dreams. So he’s saying, “Are you late like I was?” This relates to their title track ‘N.O’ which talks about the pressure of the school system and society to focus only on studying and being the best which takes away your passion and humanity.

Moving on to the hard copy part of the album. The hardcover of the album is white in color with ‘O!RUL8,2?’ highlighted in red. It comes with a poster, and 2 photo-cards, in which one of them is a random member and the other official card is an OT7 group photo. All the track names are written on the backside of the album, even inside of it. It starts with a group picture of the whole group and goes on with the official photo shoot of the group members. This album was a part of their ‘School Trilogy’ series.

Picture Credits: BigHit Music

Their second promotional song for the same album ‘Attack on Bangtan’ also carried a special meaning. Attack on Bangtan (otherwise known as Rise of Bangtan) is a very upbeat song and shows their rebellious side and how they desire to rise to the top, although it has no official music video but whenever they performed it leaves the audience pumped up. The overall lyrics seem to be about growing within the music industry and becoming better than everyone they come across. J-Hope raps about hitting a home run with his first bat and telling others that ‘if you’re not confident, put your bat down and that he does whatever he wants on the stage, knowing that the crowd is still going to cheer.

Their song ‘Coffee’ also shows their confidence when they talk to a girl about how they’re succeeding and now she has to get used to all this as they have debuted and now a lot has changed for them yet they reminisce their days filled with nostalgic scents when they used to be carefree.

Video Credits: BANGTAN TV

This album carries a very important message and that is to believe in your dreams and fight against society for them with songs like If I Ruled the World that and Cypher: Pt.1 while paying homage to their home country in Paldogangsan. This album gives out a positive message to all the youngsters out there who are still confused about what they want to do in the future.

Video Credits: BANGTAN TV

These were some of my favourite tracks from this album. You can check out all the songs from this album here:

Have you listened to the songs on this album? If yes, tell us in the comment section your favorite O!RUL8,2? track.

22 Comments Add yours

  1. ThatMoleGirl says:

    Well written article …I love “Attack on Bangtan” and Cypher pt 1💜💜

  2. Jubby says:

    I must listen to this album 😍👍
    – Jubby

  3. Aruna Garg says:

    Among all the songs of this album Coffee is my most favourite ❤️❤️, writer did a great job 👍

  4. Tirna says:

    I got introduced to BTS through a friend in 2021, very late I know. But I am glad that I got introduced to them, got to them, their songs, their voices and most importantly the message they try to give. This album shows their dedication to do something different and to dream big. The write up beautifully highlights each meaning of the song. BTS has shown time and again about why they are a group that will stay relevant and why their music is timeless. I am grateful that I became an 💜🅐🅡🅜🅨⁷⟬⟭💜. Borahae 💜

    1. Mamoni says:

      Well written💜✨. My favorite track from this album is Attack on Bangtan💜.

  5. My favourite track from this album is Cypher: Pt.1 and Coffee

  6. Sobhana says:

    My first ever album I bought was this… And my really glad that i know these songs before I knew boy with love Or dynamite …. I feel like these are the OG bangtan that we should really appreciate. 💜

  7. jasminejasmine0126 says:

    Well written article 😍😍, i love every track from this album, its one of my favorite album 💜💜💜, Borahae 💜💜💜💞….

  8. Harshita Gupta says:

    Another well written article. Some of my favorites from this album are Attack on Bangtan and Coffee

  9. Anonymous says:

    Beautifully written article and I love coffee from this album 💜

  10. Deepshikha Sinha says:

    Thankyou for this beautiful article. 😊 I will check this out! 🥰

  11. Moumita Mondal says:

    This is one of my favorite album.i love all the songs but coffee is really close to my heart.thanks a lot for writing this article I just realized now they came so far 🥺💜

    1. Unnati Singh Bilwal says:

      O!RUL8T,2? Is that BTS album which just hits hard. I listen to all of it’s songs and my most favourite is Cypher pt.2, Coffee, Attack on Bangan and Outro : Luv in Skool. This album just really makes me happy, the music, the lyrics, the choreographies and the MV of N.O. everything about this album is just amazing. I really hope BTS again release an album like this.

  12. Sunanda ghosh says:

    BTS is my all time favorite…. I don’t know if anyone will ever surpass them…… Attack on bangtan is my favorite ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  14. Miso says:

    Bts is my forever go to band, like literally by the end of the day I end up sleeping with BTS song haha, proud army 💜🥳

  15. I love all the songs in this album and they are in my all time repeat playlist 🥰

  16. anishanath says:

    This album is another of their masterpiece. I love how they have arranged the songs one after the other and the songs are just chefs kiss. The article is written so well and every details are included so well that anybody who had not yet listened to this album will surely listen to this album after reading this article.

  17. Smriti. L says:

    Loved this review 💕 the album talks out the struggles of youngster.

  18. chandrasep11 says:

    cant believe that these young boys have grown so well. proud to be a kpop fan. and the article is😍😘

  19. Sanchita says:

    Amazing 🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸

  20. My favourite tracks from the album are N.O, Attack on Bangtan and Coffee.

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