It’s BTS Being Absolute Cuties In Their Tiny Desk Performance For Me

BTS just made their Tiny Desk concert debut and it was the absolute cutest thing ever. Y’know, joining fellow Syrup faves Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Phoebe Bridgers, Lizzo and more.

Overnight, the seven member K-Pop boy band—ft. Leader and rap king RM (Namjoon), mixtape extraordinaire Suga (Yoongi), the dancing-rapping fashion icon J-Hope (Hoseok), the dancing diva cinnamon roll Jimin (Park Jimin), Jin, A.K.A, Mr. Worldwide Handsome (Seokjin), V (Taehyung), A.K.A the band’s resident art hoe, and the baby of the group, Jungkook—appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk program. Set against the backdrop of the retro record store VINYL & PLASTIC in their hometown, with their tour band and dressed in classic ‘70s and ‘80s fits, the boys will be everything you need to watch today. Trust me. 

In a stripped-down emotional performance, the BTS boys introduced their set with a sitdown version of their 2020 funky and explosive disco-pop single, “Dynamite.” But, in the spirit of this catchy ass song and his puppy dog levels of excitement, Jimin couldn’t sit still. He sprung up, having a cheeky and cute lil boogie with some of the boys, before goofing around the set. 

At one moment, he pulls out a record with the “Dynamite” single cover art, looks at it longingly, almost as if he’s reflecting on how far they’ve come as MTV-performing, Billboard-Charts-breaking artists in a year that seems designed to make everyone fail (but it ain’t stopping us, no ma’am!). Then, he looks up at the ceiling, as if thanking a higher force or Armys for getting them to where they are, before zoning back into his surroundings, turning to the boys and giving us that classic adorable mochi-cheeked smile. 

Shortly after that, we get a bit of a tone shift as the boys play a mellow, tranquil track from their 2016 era and album, The Most Beautiful Moment In Life: Young Forever, “Save ME.” Featuring my boy RM on a rap verse, V and Jin holding hands, and Jungkook’s and Jimin’s soft vocals, it was nothing short of wholesome, especially given how far they’ve come since that era.

“It’s been a while since we last sang, “Save ME,”” said Jimin after the song. 

“It reminds me of when we were on a tour with the band. Those were some great times. It makes me want to get up and dance.”

Throughout the performance, each of the boys introduce the songs and thank Army in English, showing off their English lessons—and maybe, RM’s teaching skills?

“It’s been the roughest summer ever,” RM adds in the intro to their last song, 2017’s “Spring Day.” “But we know that spring will come. So, let’s go together, let’s go.”

And the looks. THE LOOKS!!! From J-Hope’s mustard turnover collared shirt, matching orange blazer and pantsuit and patterned cravat-scarf, to RM’s denim on denim moment paired with tinted aviators and a green and orange patterned shirt that belongs in an op shop, they all absolutely fucking served.

You can watch BTS’ full Tiny Desk performance below. 

Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.