On April 24 at midnight KST, Stray Kids’ Han dropped the self-written track “Wish You Back”! The forth generation Kpop boy band’s main rapper finally blessed fans with a solo track. Here’s all you need to know about Han Jisung and his new song “Wish You Back”. “We want to try new challenges, and create albums and songs that only Stray Kids can make. We’re not sure what songs we’ll produce, or what lyrics we’ll write, but we always aim to exceed people’s expectations. Please continue supporting us, and look forward to us in the future! Thank you!!” Han said while talking about new music in production.
Han Jisung from Stray Kids
Han Ji Sung (한지성), also known by his stage name, Han, among STAYs (as fans are lovingly called) was born in Incheon, South Korea, the 20-year-old used to live in Malaysia for several years, before moving back to his home country to pursue his dream as an idol. Han and his family members moved to Malaysia when he was around 8 or 9 years old. The exact details are still blurry as there has been no official confirmation about his mum and dad staying here long term.
However, we do know that the family used to reside in several towns and districts in Selangor, namely Subang, Cheras and also Ampang. While in Ampang, he attended the Fairview International School for 6 years.
Stray Kids’ Han’s new Track “Wish You Back”
The track is part of Stray Kids’ SKZ-RECORD series, in which the members put out unofficial releases or covers as gifts for fans. On Instagram, Han wrote, “Haha, it feels a bit embarrassing, but thanks for listening to it well. I’ll work hard from now on too!”
Han wrote the lyrics for the new track, “Wish You back,” which was co-composed by Han and fellow Stray Kids member Bang Chan, who also arranged the track.
Check it out below!
Han Jisung misses his family and his country Malaysia
Despite leaving the country for quite a number of years, Han often stated that he would like to return to Malaysia. Apart from that, he misses Malaysian food like bak kut teh and also the mangosteen fruit. The “God’s Menu” rapper was also asked about his experience living in Malaysia during a fan-meeting event in the past. At that time, Han mentioned his favourite local dishes include roti canai and nasi goreng. He further recalled that he’d often visit the mamak stall near his house to enjoy the aforementioned orders.
“I also often went to the Twin Tower (KLCC) while in Malaysia. You know, there’s a shopping mall situated between the buildings, right? Apart from that, Mid Valley is also my favourite mall,” Han told a fan from Malaysia. He successfully secured a place as a trainee at JYP Entertainment. After training for 3 years, Han achieved his dreams of becoming a singer and rapper. Their most recent release was the upbeat dance jam titled “Back Door”.
Why Stray Kids is regarded the most successful and prominent South Korean K-pop boy group of their generation
In August 2017, Korean entertainment conglomerate JYP Entertainment (JYPE) announced plans for a male idol debut project through Stray Kids, the eponymously-named survival TV show.
Unlike other K-pop survival TV shows, where the agency would choose the contending trainees, group leader Bang Chan handpicked Lee Know, Changbin, Woojin (former member), Hyunjin, Han, Felix, Seungmin, and I.N. to the Stray Kids lineup. “Choosing the right people was a must because I’m going to be with them for a long time,” Dazed quoted Bang Chan as saying. “With everyone around me right now, I’m really glad we’ve become this team.” The members persisted through having to write their own songs and perfect their choreography within tight, ‘do or die’ deadlines, as well as being ruthlessly critiqued by their CEO before finally making their debut on March 25, 2018, with District 9.
Now with one studio album, two compilation albums, one reissue, eight extended plays (EPs), 14 singles, 25 awards, and multiple endorsement deals tucked under their belts, the group continues to exceed expectations. Not only did every new release effortlessly break records and top charts, but Stray Kids was also the only K-pop group named in Time’s The 10 Best Songs of 2020 list.
Stray Kids has taken many unorthodox approaches in the K-pop group-making process, including music. While self-producing K-pop idols are rare, almost all of Stray Kids’ songs are produced by 3RACHA, the group’s subunit made up of members Bang Chan, Changbin, and Han.
Congratulations to Han on the release of his solo track!