Hello everyone! Since it is Hobiuary and Hoseok's birthday, I decided to make an article appreciating Jung Hoseok as an artist and person. Let's start!

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-Artistry
Dancing:
I am starting with Hoseok’s biggest passion and something that defines him as an artist which is of course dancing.

Hoseok has been dancing since he was 8 years old.

"The turning point was when I was in 3rd grade of primary school.
The school I went to [...] would play a dance video and
we would copy it as exercise.
That's when I realised I had a talent for dance".

At 10 years old he joined Joy Dance Academy in his hometown, Gwangju. He studied there for 6 years. According to the academy's CEO, he was one of the best students and because of his skills, he offered to teach him for free.

"Among the students of the academy,
the top-achieving is J-hope[...]
J-hope was good at all genres of dance"
Mr Park, CEO of Joy Dance Academy

" As I was dancing I have the feeling:
hey this is it for me.
I have to do this. "
J-hope

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He also joined an underground dance crew called Neuron. As a street dancer he was named Smile Hoya and went along to win many competitions and dance battles individually. His skills gained him a great reputation in his town.

"I joined a dance team when I entered middle school [...]
that was created around me as the center [...]
We participated in dance performances[...]
we joined street dancing competitions and won lots of awards too,
so we were pretty well known for being good at dance "

"Gwangju is a really great place to learn dancing[...]
I was pretty famous at that place back in the days".
J-hope

In 2008 he participated and won a jyp competition. Through the competioned he was offered a scholarship but didn't take it because he wanted to focus on finishing school.

"I auditioned, won a popularity award at a jyp competition
and even received a 300.000 won prize!"
-J-hope

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Sometime after the CEO of his academy recommended him to Bang PD and thus he became a bighit trainee in 2010. Hoseok was so popular as a trainee that BTS was known as "the group with Jung Hoseok" and bighit was called "Jung Hoseok's company".

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Hoseok dance style incorporates many styles of street dance. He excells in popping locking, wacking, robotics and krump. However he is also a master of other genres like jazz and contemporary. He is very skilled in isolations and dance lines.

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Hoseok is also amazing at freestyle, which he has showcased through his Hope on the Street videos.

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Hoseok’s skills have also earned him the position of dance leader in bts. After seeing criticism that their choreography was weak hoseok took it upon himself to help the rest of the group improve their performances. Since then he has been in charge of organizing and coordinating their performances on stage. He is the first one to learn the choreographies and then helps teach them to the rest of the members.

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He is generally fast at learning the choreographies due to his experience in performing. According to Jimin it took him 10 minutes to learn the part in DNA above, while it took 4 hours for the rest of the members.

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J-hope also has incredible stage presence, from his gestures and expressions to his ad lips. He always knows how to take a performance to the next level and entertain the crowd.

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Rapping

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When Hoseok joined BTS they were supposed to debut as a hip hop group and the lineup was full of underground rappers. Hoseok had a connection to hip hop through dance but had to learn how to rap by himself. He has said that he would join the other rappers in freestyle seesions and battles even if he wasn’t good. He never felt scared or inferior to the more experienced rappers and this is how he learnt how to rap.

"This one time when Suga hyung and I were trainees,
we freestyle rapped a whole night away! "

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Most impressively, Hoseok developed his own unique rap style that is very recognizable and distinct to him, as it has been ackowledged by music critics and respectable music sources.

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Singing

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Hoseok also debuted officially as a sub singer. He does the background vocals in many bts songs like spring day, let go and filter. He also does many ad lips that play a big part in the final sound of the song like in baepsae and gogo.

"I was interested in vocals as well as rap,
so I took some lessons while I was a traineee"

Songwriting/ composing/ producing

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Writing lyrics was one of the main routes Hoseok followed to develop his rap style. His first writing credit is on a pre-debut song called animal. Because of this, he was the first BTS member to make money from music.

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After that he has written for many BTS songs. According to WSJ magazine:
J-Hope describes his approach to writing songs as research-heavy.
“Sometimes the type of stories I’m dealing with are light,
but sometimes they aren’t, so it’s important
that I’m knowledgeable about what I’m working on.”

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Apart from a songwriter, Hoseok is also a compser. He is the mastermind behind songs like Dionysus, Mic Drop and Dis-ease. Currently he has 112 writing and composing credits and is a full member of the Korean Music Copywrite Assiciation(KOMCA). Finally he is a producer. Some songs are Path and his Hope World mixtape.

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Just like his rap style, Hoseok's music also has a recognizable sound and style. A critic descibed Dis-ease as a song that has J-hope witten all over it.

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In 2015 he released his first solo song 1verse, where he shocases his rap skills, from flow to wordplay.

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In 2018 he released his first solo mixtape, Hope World. In this album he shows various music genres and talks about issues like the clash between his private life and his public persona, his wish to be a comfort for fans and the hardships and victories he faced on his path towards success.

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In 2019 he released a single, a collaboration with latin-american singer Becky g. A personal project where he goes back to his routes and pays tribute to his dance influences.

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-Personality
Hoseok is an amazing and unique artist but also a great person. Below I list some of his personality traits I admire the most.
An idiom that describes his personality very well is "an iron hand in a velvet glove" meaning he’s a sweet person on the outside but is quite serious and disciplined inside.

Emotional intelligence

One of Hoseok's most easily recognizable character traits is his positive and optimistic approach to life. It is afer all the reason he chose the stage name J-hope. However, his personality is much more layered than just a "bright" person.

"Emotional intelligence is also the capability of individuals to recognize their own emotions and those of others, discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior, and adjust emotions to adapt to environments. There are five key elements to it: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, social skills".

Hoseok is a very warm and friendly person and is very good at making people feel included and creating less tension.

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"J-hope hyung's kindness always gives us a feeling of comfort
that we will be ok. No matter how tired we get, he makes us want
to word hard again".
Jimin

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Hoseok is always aware and considerate of other people’s feelings. Rm has described him as water, someone it is easy to have around.The other members have said he has always been their pillar and rock, someone that has helped in keeping the group stable. He is dependable and easy to rely on.

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He always makes cakes for the members and gives them considerate gifts.

"King of consideration in our team Jung Hoseok".
V

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He made a single CD for Jimin's song promise as a gift to show his support.

He is very attentive. He always pays attention to what others are saying and makes sure to let them know he is listening. In the 2018 festa RM said he always listens to the end and gives his opinion last.

He is good at giving constructive criticism and advice. We have seen this during the show under19 when he monitored idol trainees and his interactions with junior groups like txt.

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"Don't get sick and do your promotions healthily,
so that you could show your good sides to fans,
don't get discouraged in any situation
and show them what you got, fighting!!"
J-hope to Taehyun from TXT

“It’s important to practice to the music
and monitor yourselves frequently.
You need to keep checking the parts that are weaker,
and your lines and formations are important as well.
I think it’s really important to convey the sincerity
in your love for this line of work,
your love for performing and dancing.
Since it’s our job to make people’s eyes and ears happy,
the most important thing is conveying the emotions [of the song].”
J-hope on under19

"When you dance powerfully on stage,
it is really great[...] But if it gets too hard,
you should be able to control that.
That's also part of being a professional".
J-hope to Jungkook

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Professionalism
Expect from the stage, we can also see his sense of duty as an entertainer in interviews. Some might call his attitude over the top, but he actually helps in breaking the ice and creating a more friendly atmosphere.

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This attitude doesn't actually derive from his actual personality, but his sense of professionalism. He has said that behind the cameras he is a quiet and calm person. But during interviews, especially if the other members are reserved, he will not shy away from breaking out of his comfort zone or even making "a fool out of himself", to improve the situation. The above also show how confident he is as a person.

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Leadership

RM, has said on multiple occasions he thinks J-hope would fit great to the leader role. He is very aware of his surroundings during performances, especially when it comes to the members' safety, he doesn't hesitate to change the choreo according to each situation. His ideas, input and guidance help better the performances.

*"You’re the most professional member in our team …
To be honest, you take care of the stuff I miss even though I’m the leader".

— RM to J-Hope*

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BTS' choreographer had this to say about who was his biggest support when things were hard:
"Captain Jung. Without J-hope i'd have been really challenging.
But he coorperated well and took care of the boys.
He's got a sense of responsibility when it comes to dance,
I'm thankful to him for leading struggling members so well
with his leadership"
Mr Son

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Through the above it also becomes evident that he is a perfectionist. He always monitors the performances and makes sure to improve them. He has a strong work ethic and is very disciplined and hardworking. He is aware of the group's impact and takes realizes the responsibility of his position as a role model and public figure seriously.

Visuals

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This man is gorgeous. I'm convinced he has been sculptured by the gods and I'm gonna let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Jawline

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Neck

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Lips/ smile

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Arms

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Abs/ tummy

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Hands

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Legs

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Low quality pics of a high quality man

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Fashion sense

Vogue: "They all(BTS) agree that J-hope-who professes to being a fashion king-is the most naturally stylish member of the group".

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Hoseok's style can be described as streetwear with a dose of luxury. He usually goes for buggy items in neutral tones that he combines with a statement piece, like a colourful bag and jewlery or eccentric shoes and glasses.

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Soompi: "From renowned brands to independent designers, fun accessories, layers, and different textures, there’s absolutely nothing Hobi can’t pull off."

The end.
Thank you for reading. I hoped you enjoyed this article, I tried to do Hoseok as much justice as possible.

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