97 Words: “on the street” by j-hope & J. Cole

Vincent Anthony
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This song is part of our “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist. Check out the full list.

Once upon a time, Hip-Hop went Pop. When its biggest stars began to collaborate with pop stars, the genre transitioned, for better or worse, to the mainstream. Now, the same is happening with K-Pop, emblematic by its most successful group BTS aligning with artists across genres. For his latest solo single “on the street,” BTS member j-hope taps his favorite rapper and “muse,” J. Cole, to bridge the gap. For Cole, it’s an unexpected feature that proves his versatility. Roles have reversed as Cole, once the newbie seeking his idol’s approval, welcomes j-hope to the Cole World.

Watch the “on the street” video, stream it, or grab some j-hope vinyl!

In celebration of summer, the staff at THE 97 has compiled a playlist containing some of our favorite summer songs, from then and now. Each day we will reveal one song, rotating daily between past and present with pairings from 1998 and 2023, for a total of 97 days/songs. Since we love nostalgia, we’re celebrating summer songs from 1998 as they turn 25, alongside new songs that we feel deserve some shine. Pairings could be thematic, sonic, or based connections between the artists.

Check out our full “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist here

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Vincent is the founder of the magazine and has had a strong passion for popular music since, well, 1997! If it's not obvious, his favorite artists include Destiny's Child, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, P!nk, and many more. Vincent lives in New York, where he is a high school English teacher, and currently he is pursuing a Master's in Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.