BTS’s Suga Under Fire For Using Cult Leader Jim Jones’ Sermon In Mixtape Track

Jim Jones led a mass murder-suicide of over 900 people.

BTS‘s Suga has garnered negative attention after it was discovered he used cult leader Jim Jones‘ sermon as the intro to his mixtape track “What Do You Think?”

Suga released his 2nd mixtape D-2 on May 22, and with it came 10 new tracks. One of the tracks, “What Do You Think?”, has an introduction of a man speaking in English before Suga starts his song. It turns out that the English in question is an excerpt from a sermon done by Jim Jones, a cult leader who directed a mass murder-suicide of 909 people. 304 of the deaths were children. In addition, Jim Jones was very close with North Korea, feeding his followers North Korean propaganda and criticizing the United States’ stance against North Korea’s Kim Il Sung.

The Jim Jones sermon that Suga sampled was from his 1977 sermon in Jonestown, his remote settlement in Guayana Esequiba, Guyana. The part that was sampled from Jim Jones speech is as follows:

… though you are dead, yet you shall live, and he that liveth and believeth shall never die.

— Jim Jones

A close listen and one will be able to hear the same words in the introduction of Suga’s song.

International netizens are angry that Suga used a sermon from such a controversial figure as the introduction of his speech, and how some ARMY knew about the sampling, let the whole thing slide, and are even continuing to try and do so.

In addition, International netizens are simply upset that Suga included a sermon from such a person in his song.

However, some ARMY are defending Suga, saying that he used the sermon as an example to show the critics of Korea, as the lyrics for the song are all his responses to the critics who have plagued BTS on their path to worldwide fame. They believe Suga is using the sermon as an example of the cult-like mentality some people have.

Neither Suga nor Big Hit Entertainment have commented on the matter so far.

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