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Shopping Kpop Idol Closets

I know that almost every post has been kpop and fashion related lately but, I’m just in a mood right now so I hope you like it!

So, contrary to the title I actually didn’t get to shop in an idol’s closet but if you’re an idol reading this hit me up. Instead, this is a wishlist of things that I would steal if I happened to be best friends with some of the biggest names in Kpop right now. Also, all of these are from boy groups because, as you know if you’ve been following me for a while, I only stan boy groups. Plus, I just like that aesthetic a little more. So, here are the items I would cop:

Minghao’s “Something & Associate” hoodie

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To be honest I’d take every hoodie in the kpop industry but I especially like this one because it’s just fun. Also, the classic black and white is perfect.

 

Taehyung’s orange belt

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This belt would add spice to so many different outfits, I especially envision it with a white button down, white jeans, and white sneakers and this belt for a pop of color.

 

Shownu’s “Art is Fraudulent” t-shirt

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The message on this shirt reminds me of how people will try to control messages by censoring art because it’s dangerous. Art is fraudulent/deceptive sometimes in it’s beauty and it’s importance because it’s world-changing. I tried not to start preaching about art. Anyway, I love this shirt, send it to me please.

 

Who knows, maybe my next post won’t be Kpop or fashion related?

Stay fly,

~Akilah

 

 

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BTS Fake Love Fashion

The kings are backkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!

So, I woke up at 3:30 to see the MV drop and Fake Love was worth it! Also, I’ve listened to Love Yourself: Tear twice and it’s amazing.

Once my album gets here I’ll probably do an unboxing and album review because it’s just that good. But today I’ll be focusing on the symbolic fashion in Fake Love and how it connects to BTS’ other videos fashion-wise.

The first outfit we see in the video is V’s harness look. I’m a huge fan of corsets, belts, harnesses, chokers etc, etc, etc so I’m in love with this look. Beyond the aesthetics of it however, this look really fits the message of Fake Love.

“If it was for you
I could pretend that I was happy even if I was sad
If it was for you
I could pretend that I was strong even if I was hurt”

This is a translation of the part Tae sings in this outfit. He’s pretending that he’s ok for love and basically enslaving and confining his true self: hence the harness.

On the left we have JK’s look from Fake Love and on the right V’s look from Blood Sweat & Tears. Out of all the aesthetics in BTS’ MVs I think Fake Love mirrors BS&T the most which makes sense because the songs are similar in their painful desperation.

In these looks we have the same formula: patterned button down shirt with sequined jacket (bomber or blazer) and black pants.

Jungkook says “Wishing all my weakness is hidden” in this part of Fake Love. The wild pattern of the shirt seems to suggest an inner turmoil that’s covered by the sparkly jacket which represents happiness/fun.

When J-Hope’s part came in I was immediately reminded of his Fire ensemble. Both looks share a “carefree/vaction” vibe that upon first glance seems out-of-place in a track like Fake Love. But the fact that he’s wearing these bright vacation clothes further drives home the point that he’s lying to himself and covering up the inside to the point where he, ” became to not know who I even was”

Another similarity I noticed in J-Hope’s looks were the leather pants from Not Today. In Not Today the leather seems to represent strength and edge but in Fake Love leather seems to show confinement and restriction. Especially since the color palette is a lot more muted. Speaking of muted palettes…

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Here we have a group shot from Fake Love and one from DNA. I was struck by how similar the two looks are. We have elements of denim, rainbow, and color however in DNA all of the colors are bright and crisp while in Fake Love they’re toned down and thinned out. As I thought about this further I realized that this continuation of fashion suggests a continuation of storyline between the two songs. DNA is about lovers who’re sure of their happiness and relationship:

“Probably in our past life and in our next lives
We’ll be together forever, DNA

Because all of this is not coincidence
Because we’ve found our destiny
DNA”

But Fake Love is when one starts to question the sincerity of the other and themselves, when destiny doesn’t seem so sure any longer. So, it’s the same story and same color palette but now it’s sadder, more muted. Also in Fake Love it says

“Love you so mad, Love you so mad
I erase myself”

And in the clothes it’s as if the colors were erased. They’re a shadow of what they used to be.

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All in all Fake Love was beautiful, a masterpiece of our generation. When the citizens of 3025 want to know what the best thing of the 21st century was, show them Fake Love… ok lemme stop.

Anyway, I hope you liked this post, I do have a couple more screenshots of outfits similar to Fake Love from other BTS MVs, so be sure to like, comment, and follow for a possible part 2.

Go stream Fake Love and watch BTS on the BBMAs!

Stay fly,

~Akilah

 

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My Mom Talks Kpop pt.1

In honor of mother’s day, I thought it would be fun to have my mom answer some questions about Kpop, I just started my phone to record and this is what came out. My sister also chimed in a lot, so her responses are under AJ. Hope you guys like it!

P.S. My mom also chose all these photos so that was fun. Without further ado, leggo!

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me: What’s your favorite Kpop group

Mom: It’s either BTS or KNK

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KNK

 

me: ok, and what’s your favorite Kpop song overall

Mom: Well, right now it’s Pentagon’s whatever the name of that song is, I don’t know the name of that song…

me: Shine

Mom: Shine, it looks like they’re having a lot of fun *starts dancing* sorry, can’t see me dancing can you

me: ok, what’s your least favorite group that I stan?

Mom: I don’t kn- Vixx!

me: I don’t really stan Vixx but ok

Mom: I don’t know, I don’t know all of who you stan and I don’t know if I’ve seen all of who you stan so I don’t know. Let’s see… mmmm I don’t know

me: You can say Vixx that’s fine

Mom: Well I don’t know Vixx, do I know Vixx?

me: Why’d you say Vixx then?

Mom: Because that’s the one we’ve been talking about, they’re going to have a concert and you wanted to go the concert

me: No, that’s VAV

Mom: Ohhhh, I do not know if there’s a group that you stan that I don’t like.

me: ok so who’s your bias in BTS?

Mom: *starts mouthing into my phone* My bias in BTS is the one who wears the white shirt, I don’t know his name.

Jungkook

me: Jungkook

Mom: Jungkook… And then there’s Rap Monster and the bowl cut guy

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me: Hey, you remembered Rap Monster good job! The bowl cut guy is J-Hope

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Mom: J-Hope

me: ok, and who’s your bias in KNK

Mom: It’s between the two tallest guys and I don’t know their names either

me: Seungjun and Youjin

Mom: Seungjun and Youjin

AJ: It’s like you’re her translator

me: um, what’s your favorite song by BTS

AJ: *mouths* Baepsae (Silver spoon)

Mom: I don’t think that’s my favorite, Anaya is mouthing-

AJ: shh!

Mom: Baepsae, but I don’t think it’s my favorite, it is the dance practice where it looks like they’re having the most fun- DNA!

me: DNA is your favorite song?

Mom: Yes

me: ok cool

Mom: *leans into my phone* La, la, la, la, la!

*we laugh for a solid minute*

me: ok, and what’s your favorite song by KNK?

Mom: Knock! I love the marching in the video, or in the dance practice, in the dance

me: And what other Kpop groups do you like?

Mom: I like: Monsta Monsta Monsta X!

Monsta X

me: *laughing* And who’s your bias in Monsta X?

Mom: Is the guy in Monsta X- does Monsta X do Beautiful?

AJ: yessss

Mom: So it’s the guy who looks like Gook Du? (Character from Kdrama Strong Woman Do Bong Soon)

me: Yes, Shownu is his name

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Mom: Shownu… *yells passionately* Shownu!

AJ: I remember that, we helped you remember: “this show ain’t old, this show new!”

me: So, what’s your favorite song by Monsta X?

Mom: I guess it would be Beautiful

me: ok, and do you have a bias wrecker in Monsta X?

Mom: No one wrecks my biases!

me: ah ok…

AJ: Except J-Hope and Namjoon (RM) and Seungjun and Youjin…

me: Any other groups you like?

Mom: …Probably, but I don’t know their names. Oh! I think I’m ok with EXO.

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me: mhmm, and what’s your favorite EXO song?

Mom: The only one I know the name of is- wait a minute! Who does Boss?

me/AJ: That’s NCT

Mom: hmmm, NCT is the one with all those different little company- or group outreach…

AJ: Sub-units

Mom: Yes, sub-units. I do like that song, but what was the question?

AJ: *starts dancing to Black on Black*

me: Your favorite EXO song

Mom: The only one that comes to mind is The Eve. I’m sure there are others but I don’t know the names

me: What’s your favorite Kpop music video

Mom: Rain by KNK

me: ok, and what’s your favorite dance practice overall?

Mom: …My tried and true that I exercise to every now and then is Good Boy but I wouldn’t say that it’s my favorite. Uh, it’s the one I can do, but I want to be able to do the other ones. I think I’m going with DNA and Boss. What was the question?

me: Favorite dance practice

Mom: Yeah DNA and Boss and Pentagon’s Shine

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That’s about it for this one guys, but there will be a part two.

Be sure to comment whether your agree with my mom’s Kpop picks and subscribe so you won’t miss part 2… and possibly part 3.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Stay fly,

~Akilah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kpop Trends from Seoul Fashion Week

I’ve always been into trends and trend forecasting, so I thought it would be fun to do some trend forecasting with Kpop fashion because we all know Kpop is my entire life. I am by no means a professional forecaster but I took into account past MV outfits, Seoul style, and looks from runways shows at SFW. Here are a few trends I think/hope will emerge.

Complex Belts

 

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Seoul Street Style [Vogue.com]

Harnesses and braces have recently emerged as a trend in certain concepts like NCT Dream’s Go and Monsta X’s Dramarama. Belts will naturally follow in complex utility styles like the ones seen in street style.

Wide Leg Pants 

 

Wide leg pants
Seoul Street Style [Vogue.com]

Typically, idols tend to wear skinny jeans, tight leather pants etc. while this is all well and good there needs to be a little variety. For this F/W season in Seoul wide leg pants were huge and I hope it extends to Kpop fashion. Idol’s like BTS’ V wear these in casual situations often and JBJ’s Hyunbin has sported them for live stages already.

Statement Jackets

 

99%IS Jacket
99%IS [Vogue.com]

Jackets are a staple in music videos and live stages. But instead of basic bombers, denim, and leather jackets I expect that we’ll be seeing more statement jackets. Either with cool pieces of hardware, bold colors, or avant garde silhouettes. I think these pieces will make a huge impact in many concepts.

 

I’m always excited for the future of fashion in general and the intersection of fashion and music so I really hope some of my predictions hold true and that I see these pieces in the MVs of the future.

Stay fly,

~Akilah

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What Went Down March + Mixtape

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Hi! I’m late but I’m here. I can’t believe that we’re now in the second quarter of 2018. Let’s see what happened in March!

Food

 

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We ate at Puckett’s and I had some bomb chicken and waffles. I think that’s the only noteworthy food experience.

 

Fashion

Seoul Fashion Week happened and there’ll be a post about that soon.

 

Books

The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien

Speak | Laurie Halse Anderson

Out of the Silent Planet | C.S. Lewis

Speak was my favorite, I loved the story and the emphasis on art. Out of the Silent Planet is also amazing, it’s a cool sci-fi read.

 

Life

We finished Hwarang!!!! It was amazing: I laughed, cried, and screamed. I’m so sad it’s over but so satisfied.

I had the monumental opportunity to write and direct the Easter play for our church so March was filled with rehearsals.

Hmmm, I think that’s all the noteworthy happenings.

 

Kpop

Whoaaaaa! There were so many spectacular comebacks this month. Monsta X’s Jealousy, NCT 127’s Touch,  and Samuel’s One were so cool. I’m crushed by BigBang’s Flower Road and SHINee’s From Now On. And j-hope’s mixtape saved 2018.

 

March Mixtape

  • La Fete Est Fini | Orelsan
  • Pulling Me Under | Kevin Garrett
  • That’s What Love Can Do | Vivian Green
  • If You Fall | Ray Dalton
  • Walls | Jaylon Ashaun
  • One & Only You | Got7
  • Miss You | EXO-CBX
  • Encore | Cheryl Lynn
  • Best Love | Yuna
  • Warriors | Koryn Hawthorne
  • Africa | Kyle Bielfield
  • Daydream | j-hope
  • Ce qui me plait | Lisandro Cuxi
  • Touch | NCT 127
  • The Night Song | Ravyn Lenae
  • Call Me Baby | Jung Min, Daeho
  • Think Hole | B.A.P
  • Overdose | EXO
  • Lost | BTS
  • Dance With Me (Venus) | VAV
  • Flower Road | BigBang
  • Lovin You Mo | EXO
  • Nous | Lisandro Cuxi
  • A Rose is Still a Rose | Aretha Franklin
  • Pleasure Principal | Janet Jackson
  • Growl | Daeho

 

I know this wrap-up was a bit more abrupt/strangely formatted but it’s a wonder it even got out so I hope you still enjoyed it!

Stay fly,

~Akilah

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What Went Down ~February + Monthly Mixtape

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February has come and gone, I’m sad to see it go but sort of relieved because I’m exhausted from blogging everyday. Let’s see what went down in February.

Food

  • We ate a bunch of gluten free pizza
  • Had breakfast at Firstwatch (I had lemon ricotta pancakes and they were the bomb.com)

I think that’s it actually, definitely not as cool as January’s food scene.

 

Fashion

I’m really ashamed to say that although February is fashion month I didn’t really follow any coverage of runway shows.

I know, I know, I plan to catch up in March but I was quite preoccupied this month. Anyway I get emails from Vogue Runway so I did see glimpses of some brands and I’m in love with Fendi so far.

I bought some jeans from Macy’s. This may not seem like wrap-up worthy news but these are definitively the best jeans I’ve ever owned and you’ll probably be seeing them in a million ootds in the future.

 

Books

I completed three books again, not for Brit Lit however (I still haven’t completed Pride & Prejudice or A Passage to India but we’re not gonna talk about it.)

  • A Girl Named Mister ~Nikki Grimes
  • Calling My Name ~Liara Tamani
  • The Skin I’m In ~Sharon G. Flake

A Girl Named Mister was my favorite, although all of them were amazing and you can click the links to see the posts I did about each one.

 

 

Life

The Olympics happened in PyeonChang South Korea. I will say the highlights for me were CL and EXO performing at the Closing Ceremony. But in terms of events I loved Short Track and couples skating.

Seeing EXO perform was truly amazing. I mean the Growl remix was off the chain! I even liked their rendition of Power this time even though I lowkey can’t stand that song. Their outfits, their dancing, their singing all was on point. I did really miss Yixing though, I hope Idol Producer is going well for him!

We watched The Jacksons: An American Dream which is a docu-drama miniseries about Michael Jackson and the Jacksons early life and career. It was really good and Angela Bassett slayed as always.

We also watched two French films this month Les Chorsites and Kirikou et la Sorciere. Both were spectacular but I especially loved Les Chorsites, I’d definitely recommend it to anyone (it has English subtitles if you can’t understand French).

My sister and I also started watching the Kdrama Hwarang. We started it because Taehyung from BTS and Minho from SHINee were in it and because my little sister is learning Korean. But we soon got hooked on the story. We’re only on episode 4 but I can’t wait to get farther into it.

I also colored my hair for the first time ever this month. I went from my natural dark brown color to a deep violet. It’s not actually that noticeable: more like a slight blue-black but I like how it gave my hair more sheen. Anyway I’ll probably do it again later this year.

I also got new glasses! You may see them, you may not: I like to be mysterious…

Ok and now for the most exciting thing that happened this month Black Panther!!! I saw it with my mom, dad, and little sister on opening Friday and it was hands-down the best Marvel movie ever. I can’t wait to see it again this Saturday. Also, I’ll be doing a blog post about it pretty soon so look forward to that!

 

Kpop

Seventeen released their Thanks MV and Performance Video

I love the calming vibes of this song so much! Also S. Coups and Woozi slayed vocals. And please tell me how Minghao looks cool with a mullet?

NCT-U came back with Boss and released a dance practice for it

Not gonna lie I was literally screaming watching this video. It’s spectacular and I may or may not have made my sister watch it 5 times with me when it first came out. Every single member was bias wrecking me at every possible second: the choreo was bomb, the outfits were amazing, and the rap and vocal performances were life. I think there’s always at least one video where you’re rewarded for stanning your bias and this video was that one for me. I mean Taeyong really showed out. Also the new members Jungwoo and Lucas are so amazing, I especially love Lucas’ rap in this song and I look forward to seeing more from them!

NCT-U (Taeyong & Ten) released Baby Don’t Stop

Not to be confused with EXO’s Baby Don’t Cry or NCT 127’s Baby Don’t Like It. Anyway seeing Ten again was amazing and he and Taeyong make a lit duo. I love the dance in this, Taeyong singing is life, and him rapping in Spanish is pretty cool. I don’t love the song so I don’t think I’m gonna download it but the video is nice and the song is super catchy.

Monsta X released a Tropical Night self cam video

MX are kings of self cam and this one did not disappoint. My highlights were Kihyun cleaning the studio while dancing, all the Showhyuk moments, and Changkyun with the Supreme money gun. They’re dorks and I love them.

SF9 released Mamma Mia

Ok… this was not my favorite video. They were doing the most the entire video but it was kinda cute kinda funny I guess. I did really like Taeyang’s dance part, his dance is the reason he’s my bias.

Got7 released a special video One and Only You feat. Hyolyn

I’m already in love with this song and I need a full length version. The video is fun and Yugyeom’s singing part is the best ever.

 

February Mixtape

I listened to a lot of music this month and a lot of great songs came out this month.

Fun ~Coldplay ft. Tove Lo

She’s Mine ~VAV

Same Drugs ~Chance the Rapper

U + Me (Love Lesson) ~Mary J. Blige

On the Loose ~Niall Horan

Black Gold ~Esperanza Spalding

Miss You Much ~Janet Jackson

Unravel Me ~Sabrina Claudio

Grenade ~Bruno Mars

Black Panther ~Kendrick Lamar

So Sick ~Ne-Yo

Electric Kiss ~EXO

Tomorrow ~BTS

Boss ~NCT-U

Beautiful ~iKON

Love Story ~Suran ft. Crush

Someone Who Can ~Yuna

Too Much Sauce ~Chloe x Halle

Pay My Rent ~DNCE

Blessings (reprise) ~Chance the Rapper

La Modelo ~Ozuna ft. Cardi B.

Hymn for the Weekend ~Coldplay

Thanks ~Seventeen

My Flower ~JBJ

 

That was a long post for February to be the shortest month but I hope you enjoyed seeing my highlights.

Stay fly,

~Akilah

What were your February highlights?

 

 

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What Went Down ~January + Monthly Mixtape

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What’s good guys?

I’m bringing back my monthly wrap ups that I left behind somewhere in 2017. It was a conscious decision to stop them but now it’s time for them to come back. So, here’s what went down in January.

Food

  • We ate at Uncle Julio’s and it’s still amazing
  • We had Pizza Perfect pizza
  • We ate wings at Gordon’s (those were bomb and I’ll be doing a post on them soon.)
  • We cooked a lot of Thai, Korean, and Chinese foods (what else is new?)
  • I baked sugar cookies and brownies

 

Fashion

My Kpop merch came in!!! I bought an EXO sweatshirt and a BTS t-shirt, I also bought my sister a Monsta X sweatshirt for her late Christmas gift. I’ll be doing a lookbook in the future so look for that sometime.

January was a huge month for shows: I especially loved Menswear ’18 this season specifically Etro, Undercover, and Joseph.

 

Books

I completed three books this month for my British literature course

  • A Tale of Two Cities ~Charles Dickens
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland ~Lewis Carroll
  • Favorite Father Brown Stories ~G.K Chesterton

I absolutely loved A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens’ writing style is eloquent with hints of dry humor, which I adore. The French revolution is the perfect backdrop of this narrative and it’s amazing to see the philosophy behind this tumultuous time in history.

 

Life

I turned 16 this month!!! I had a great beginning to my celebrations: dinner with family then friends over on Friday night. It’s not over yet though, look forward to something special birthday related coming soon.

Also, I bought my first ever Kpop albums this month, I feel like the obsession is solidified now. I bought BTS’ Wings, EXO’s The War, and Monsta X’s The Code.

I binge watched Project Runway on Hulu this month. I didn’t realize how much I missed Tim Gunn, the heightened melodrama, and that infamous runway.

And as I’m writing this on the final day of January, I’m sick. It kind of sucks because my sister was sick earlier this month and I managed to not catch it. But my body has finally succumbed.

 

Kpop

I’m adding this section because I think I need to chat about Kpop every month, send help, I can’t stop.

SM Entertainment posthumously released Jonghyun’s album Poet | Artist

This album is gold, truly poetry and art. All the tracks are spectacular, I’m partial to Only One You Need and Sightseeing. Jonghyun you did so, so well.

Monsta X released their Japanese MV Spotlight

It’s lit, you need it in your life, also Jooheon is totally bias wrecking me.

JBJ released the My Flower MV

I love this song and the choreography so much. Also Hyunbin’s rap is spectacular, if you want to know why he’s my bias this will tell you why.

iKON returned with Return (I’m amazing) and the MV Love Scenario

This choreography is amazing, but does it bother anyone else the way he pronounces “scenario”?

iKON also released the Beautiful dance practice

I love this song and Junhoe’s voice is gorgeous here. Also, the dance is lit

VAV released Spotlight

I actually started stanning them right before this comeback and finished memorized the members two days before. The aesthetics of this video are on point! All the lighting, colors, and dance scenes are magical. They’re underrated for no reason so show them some love.

Sunmi released Heroine

Oh my gosh this video is amazing! First of all her outfits are gorgeous, second the song is life, and third the dance is spectacular. I love the charisma she has in this song, Gashina was amazing but I think I like this even better.

EXO released their Japanese album Countdown

I’ve listened through the album once and it’s pretty good, Electric Kiss is so amazing and I’ve been addicted to the dance practice. Of the other tracks however, Into My World is my favorite.

Finally, what I think is most exciting: BTS is supposed to release an album sometime in early 2018!!! I still haven’t recovered from Love Yourself: Her, the AMAs, Mic Drop Remix, The Wings Final, or their Vogue video. Now, I have to save some money for this upcoming album.

I think that’s it, there was a lot so hopefully I didn’t forget anything.

 

January Mixtape

In my journal, I’ve started keeping track of what songs I’m obsessed with in each month so here’s January:

Lady Luck ~EXO

Heroine ~Sunmi

Lullabies ~Yuna

Fantasy ~JBJ

Rhythm Ta ~iKON

Only One You Need ~Jonghyun

Come and Get Me ~Lecrae

Rewind ~Zhoumi

 

Stay fly,

Akilah