South Korean R&B singer Crush, who is making a comeback after a two-year hiatus from military service, has recruited BTS’s J-Hope for his new single, “Rush Hour.”
The celebratory song arrived Thursday with an accompanying music video that also features J-Hope and sees the two performers skate through elaborate dance numbers in an alley. After Crush starts the track, he’s joined by the BTS member, who playfully raps, “Everywhere I go now it’s a red carpet feeling / Cameras flash everywhere I go like a flash, a flash“, as a host of camera flashes appear behind him.
Crush told Korean entertainment publication Soompi that his decision to collaborate with J-Hope was a natural one, as they are both going in a similar musical direction, and added that he “was so thankful for [J-Hope] when he helped oversee and provided coaching.
Last April, Crush was featured on Psy’s “Psy 9th” studio album while still undergoing mandatory military enlistment. “Rush Hour” is her first release since debuting from this service in August.
Meanwhile, Korean lawmakers continue to go back and forth over whether or not J-Hope and his BTS bandmates will be exempt from military obligations. The South Korean government has already granted members deferment of military service until they turn 30. That time is running out for Jin, who turns 30 in December.
As the debate continues, alternative approaches have been proposed. As reported by The Korea Times, a lawmaker from the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea has suggested that global pop stars should be allowed to swap their military obligations for different service. There have also been debates over a bill that would reduce military service for international K-pop artists to three weeks from the usual two years.