B.A.P's Yongguk returns from military enlistment, overjoyed fans say 'it feels like it's been forever '
South Korean singer, songwriter, record producer, and best-selling author Bang Yong-guk aka Youngguk of K-pop act B.A.P, who was serving his mandatory military enlistment will be returning on May 18 and fans of the group, who call themselves BABY, can't keep his their excitement at bay. The 31-year-old K-pop artist who debuted as a member of an underground hip hop group called Soul Connection under the alias of 'Jepp Blackman' enlisted in the Korean military as a public service officer on August 1, 2019.
Yongguk who shot to fame in 2011 when the song 'Going Crazy' by Song Ji-eun where he was featured took the country by storm charting at number one. In the same year, the B.A.P leader released his first solo single 'I Remember', featuring K-pop act Beast's (later Highlight) Yoseob and also became a part of a legendary sub-unit called Bang & Zelo with fellow B.A.P member Zelo, releasing the single 'Never Give Up'. The journey of B.A.P started in January 2012 when the K-pop act released its first single, 'Warrior.'
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Fans welcome Yongguk back
Yongguk, the multitalented South Korean artist who is especially loved for his incredible hip hop music is returning on the tides of his fans' excitement. Yongguk fans have been taking to social media sharing their anticipation for the B.A.P star's return. A fan said, "Welcome back leader! This 'place' hasn’t been the same without you.. " Another emotional fan posted, "I went through a tough moment of life. If it wasn't for B.A.P, for Yongguk; I wouldn't be here. I have so much respect and admiration for him. I am lucky to have met him in my lifetime but luckier to have him be a quintessential part of my life and others!"
Another user chimed in saying, "I got a little excited when I saw a pic of him earlier and thought I can't wait until he comes back and it's literally today. I'm so sorry I didn't welcome you earlier but I'm so glad you're here #WelcomeBackYongguk!"
Welcome back leader! This 'place' hasn’t been the same without you.. #WelcomeBackYongguk #우리_방용국_돌아왔다 pic.twitter.com/qcqAsdqs1J— 🐰 𝚔𝚊𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚗𝚗ˣ¹ 🦋 (@shekienbxxg) May 18, 2021
I went through a tough moment of life. If it wasn't for B.A.P, for Yongguk; I wouldn't be here. I have so much respect and admiration for him. I am lucky to have met him in my lifetime but luckier to have him be a quintessential part of my life and others#WelcomeBackYongguk pic.twitter.com/1s8AXFU5Q4— アレックス (@Alex082107) May 18, 2021
I got a little excited when I saw a pic of him earlier and thought I can't wait until he comes back and it's literally today. I'm so sorry I didn't welcome you earlier but I'm so glad you're here#WelcomeBackYongguk pic.twitter.com/aHZjSJcQK7— アレックス (@Alex082107) May 18, 2021
Welcome back Yongguk!! We've missed you so much!!— Jessie Sandhu⁷ (@S94Jessie) May 17, 2021
It feels like it's been forever and a day~ 🥺#OurYonggukCameBack#WelcomeBackYongguk#우리_방용국_돌아왔다 pic.twitter.com/maT8rn18lO
Yonnguk released his last single 'Orange Drive' in 2019, followed by his self-directed documentary 'Something to Talk About'. The documentary co-directed with producer Kim Jinbeom, was selected for screening at the 2019 DMZ International Film Festival. Later, 'Something to Talk About' also got the nod under the DMZ Open Cinema category. Covering the artist's experiences as a member of music group B.A.P along with his creative process when recording "BANGYONGGUK" and added interviews with friends and family, his documentary became the first of its kind to be created by an idol. While there is no new information on his future music ventures yet, fans are happy to dwell on the anticipation until further updates drop.
Celebrate Yongguk's return by streaming 'Orange Drive' here.