The release of iKON‘s first mini album of 2020 is bittersweet for iKONICs. It signals the beginning of a new era for iKON without their former leader, Kim Han Bin (stage name B.I).
In June 2019, Kim Han Bin departed from iKON after Dispatch released three-year-old KakaoTalk messages regarding his attempt to buy marijuana and LSD. Even though Kim Han Bin is no longer part of iKON, he is very much present on I Decide, and in the hearts of iKONics.
Kim Han Bin is credited with composing all of the mini album’s songs, except for the final track, “Flower”. “Flower” is the first iKON song composed by Donghyuk, alongside HRDR and iHwak, and it’s making fans very emotional.
This beautiful ballad is moving enough on its own, but some believe it was written for Kim Han Bin. The lyrics, especially, “With flowers like you / following the wind that is you / flowing away / scattering away” are reminding them of words Kim Han Bin said in the past.
“I want to be reborn as the wind in my next life. It’s free. It doesn’t have to stay in one spot. It goes wherever it wants to go.” – Hanbin, Weekly Idol
Meanwhile, Flower (trans credit: bynhyuk)
GET READY? CRY TIME pic.twitter.com/UOVAWohgZu
— khb-ed ☆ (@kimhanbined) February 6, 2020
— JINHWAN DAY (@ikonida) February 6, 2020
Flower hit me so hard. I am a hundred percent sure that this was made for hanbin. Donghyuk and Bobby did so well putting the right words in the lyrics. The result? I ugly cried.@YG_iKONIC#iKON_iDECIDE #DIVEwithiKON
— SEVEN FOREVER (@donghyukscharm) February 6, 2020
If you haven’t heard it yet, listen to “Flower” here: