Every person in this world has something that makes them frightened, and that is what makes us human. From heights, animals, or even the fear of being left, every fear is valid. This is also happening in Mino as a human. Back in 2015, Mino Fear that tells a lot about his honest feelings. This emotional song shows what being a son and member of an idol group is like.
Mino made Fear for his Semifinal Round in Show Me the Money season 4. The song featured a sentimental voice from BIGBANG Taeyang. He was against BlackNut in this round to fight for a place in the final round. He made the song with Zico who became his producer in SMTM4. Because of his honest lyrics, he won the battle and advanced to the Final Round.
Fear or in Korea written as 겁 (geob). The word 겁 can be translated as fear, terror, nervousness, or cowardice. It can also mean ‘fear about something’ or ‘to be afraid’. Mino used ‘fear’ as the translation in English instead of terror or cowardice, this means the emotion is from a person itself which can pose a danger.
All the audience and other contestants were dumbfounded at him. The serious melody and lyrics made everyone listen to him with focus. He rapped his verse bar per bar perfectly without any mistakes.
When Taeyang started to sing the hook of Mino Fear, his voice and presence gave goosebumps to the audience. His voice blends well with the melody. All the people watching got emotional including Mino himself. He looked like he was holding his tears.
Mino Fear Lyrics
The lyrics in Mino Fear are filled with his feelings and stories he had in his life. Every bar he wrote in the lyrics tells a piece of things that made him fear. Messages he received, people’s thoughts about him, his responsibility as the first son, things he had to do as a man, and his life as a celebrity. The song tells them all.
I didn’t know I was exhausted, I was lonely and I suddenly got afraid.
You’re the mirror to your younger siblings, you’re the star of your family.
Be strong, I know you’re lonely. But you need to get through it
Are you crying? Be a man. Stop crying and take responsibility once more
Receiving the interest of the public, Living inside a CCTV.
Dad, if you’re looking at me, tell me the answer
I’m too young and soft to become an adult, I still don’t know how.
When I didn’t wanna see anything, the reason I forced my eyes to open wide is because I was just scared. It’s because I was suddenly scared when I didn’t wanna say anything, the reason I raised my voice. There is no other reason, it’s because I’m afraid, I’m afraid.
Mino Fear Credit
When Mnet officially released the song on streaming platforms, it went to the top of the music charts. Mino Fear ranked 3rd on Melon on August 29th and stayed in the chart for a long period of time. It was also ranked 4th and 5th on Naver Music, Bugs, and Genie.
In a radio show in 2019, Zico was hosting with Mino. They both rewind the memories they had in SMTM4. Mino mentioned that he doesn’t want to watch his performance in SMTM4 again but he still watches Fear. He even mentioned there were a lot of people who said that they like the song and they can relate to it. They said this song helped them when they were facing a hard time.
Zico who made the song with Mino also said that he cannot make a song like that ever again. He said Mino Fear has the honest emotion and it is hard for him to make a song like that again. He also mentioned that there were a lot of people who asked him if there were any songs that he wished were his, and his first answer was always Fear.
Song Min-ho, also known as Mino is a rapper and a member of the boy group WINNER who signed under YG Entertainment. He debuted with WINNER with the album 2014 S/S and released a solo song I’m Him in the album as well. He used to perform in underground scenes with the name Hugeboy Mino. He trained with Block B together with Zico but didn’t continue the contract.
Mino is known for his wordplay in the song he made. His song Shoot with Haha gained praise for its lyrics that describe South Korean history. He is also known for his maximalist fashion style and tattoos that covered all of his body. He walked in Louis Vuitton at Paris Fashion Week 2019. He does painting and likes to join exhibitions. Mino is also popular in variety shows like New Journey to the West and Kang’s Kitchen. Recently, he has a show named Mino’s Pilot that aired on Fullmoon YouTube channel. In July 2021, he was announced as the producer of Show Me the Money 10 with GRAY.
Listen to Mino Fear on Apple Music and Spotify