RM Reveals the BTS Members Started Working on ‘Be (Deluxe Edition)’ ‘Almost Immediately After “Dynamite”‘

He’s the leader of BTS, but he’s also one of the songwriters and producers behind Be (Deluxe Edition.) During one interview with the other BTS members, RM shared the timeline of writing songs like “Life Goes On” in relation to their August 2020 single, “Dynamite.” 

Lil Nas X performs with Jin, V, SUGA, Jimin, RM, J-Hope, and Jungkook of BTS on stage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Lil Nas X performs with Jin, V, SUGA, Jimin, RM, J-Hope, and Jungkook of BTS on stage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

RM is one of the artists behind ‘Be (Deluxe Edition)’

The BTS members often play a role in creating their music. That is especially true of their 2020 release.During an interview with Jimin, RM was asked how he felt while working on Be (Deluxe Edition.)

Because the group released it several months after writing it, the writing process was somewhat of a blur to RM, the leader and one of the rappers in the group. 

“The memories are already starting to fade,” RM said, according to a translation on the video. Jimin agreed, saying, “Yeah, a lot of time has passed, about four [or] five months since we worked on it.”

“Right, the amount of time we spent on the album,” RM said. “Has it been that long? I feel like it’s been longer… we started almost immediately after ‘Dynamite.'”

“Dynamite” premiered a few months prior to the release of the full-length album. This was BTS’ first song performed entirely in English, as well as their first Billboard No. 1 on the “Hot 100” and their first Grammy nomination. 

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What inspired RM to start working on BTS’ ‘Be (Deluxe Edition)’?

BTS started working on Be (Deluxe Edition) during 2020, due to coronavirus (COVID-19) restricting their live performances. Most of the members had a role in writing for the release, including V, who wrote “Blue & Grey” and Jungkook, who wrote “Stay.” RM co-wrote and produced several tracks. 

“Back then, [after the shows got canceled] that was the only thing we could do at the edge of the cliff,” RM said of the album. “So, it was kind of like the only thing I could do. ‘Dynamite’ did do well after it came out, but that’s that. That’s for promotions.” 

“When I worked on Be, it kind of felt like I was doing the only thing I could do…,” he continued. “There was a lot I wanted to say but I didn’t know how to say it. I worked on the album with a lot of mixed feelings.”

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BTS released ‘Be (Essential Edition)’ during 2021

After the release of the deluxe package for Be, BTS released another version featuring the same songs. That was Be (Essential Edition) during 2021.

The “Dynamite” music video is now available on YouTube. Music by BTS, including their recently released album, Map of the Soul: 7, is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and most major platforms.