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Jung Kook – 3D (feat. Jack Harlow)

A Jung Kook and Jack Harlow collaboration did not seem to be on 2023’s Bingo card, but now that “3D” has arrived, it is hard to imagine how the two artists have not worked together before. Released on September 29, “3D” is Jung Kook’s second solo release of the year and continues the Korean singer’s ascent to pop stardom.

Of course, Jung Kook is already famous for being the youngest member of the band BTS, but the members’ solo releases have given them a chance to explore different musical directions and goals. So far, Jung Kook’s two 2023 releases, “Seven” and now “3D,” are pushing him toward being a pop star who dominates the Top 40 chart.

An R&B pop track, “3D” features a minimalistic production with a catchy hook. Jung Kook’s voice is versatile and smooth as he whispers, sings, and raps about wanting to meet a love interest across three dimensions. The backing vocals on “3D” show off the singer’s vocal range, while his distinct singing voice makes the chorus transform from catchy to addictive.

So if you’re ready (So if you’re ready) / And if you’ll let me (And if you’ll let me) / I wanna see it in motion, in 3D (Uh-uh) / You won’t regret me (You won’t regret me) / Champagne confetti (Champagnе confetti) / I wanna see it in motion, in 3D,” Jung Kook sings in the chorus.

While pop songs featuring a rapper have become commonplace with mainstream hits, it’s not a guarantee a feature will contribute more to a song besides two well-known artists collaborating. Harlow’s inclusion in “3D” seamlessly fits with the song’s suggestive and laid-back vibes thanks to the rapper’s trademark confidence and rhythmic delivery.

Instead of only appearing in a verse, Harlow raps a verse and the song’s outro while also contributing backing vocals throughout the single.

I’ll fly you from Korea to Kentucky / And you ain’t gotta guarantee me nothin’, I just wanna see if I get lucky / I just wanna meet you in the physical and see if you would touch me,” Harlow raps at the end of the song.

“3D” was written by BloodPop, David Stewart, and Harlow, with Stewart and BloodPop both producing the song. In a press release about “3D,” Jung Kook shared that he thought the single “was a really fun song” and he hoped “to show a different side of” himself after releasing his previous single “Seven.”

While “Seven” with Latto incorporates a more modern pop sound, “3D” calls back to R&B and pop sounds of the early 2000s. This is exemplified in the song’s music video, with the video’s fashion, set design, and choreography invoking nostalgia for a past musical era. The music video’s highlight shows Jung Kook breaking a fire hydrant and dancing under the spraying water with a group of dancers.

Jung Kook may already be a well-known name in music, but “3D” backs up why the singer deserves to be considered a star.