Welcome to the twenty-fourth article of our weekly series “Boy Crush“! This series will appreciate the men in K-Pop and K-Dramas that we have a crush on based on anything from their style, talent, personality, overall vibe, etc. We will learn more about the most crushable boys in the Korean industry and their incredible achievements.
Check out the previous articles featuring the boy crushes that have already been covered here!
Readers voted for GOT7’s Jay B in our weekly poll to be featured this week.
IMPORTANT NOTE: On Aug, 15, the “Boy Crush” vote was held in advance for 4 articles as there will be no vote for the next few weeks. You can see the results here. The top 4 candidates with the most votes will be/have been featured in the series as follows: 1st place – GOT7”s Jay B (22 August), 2nd place – Park SeoHam (29 August), 3rd place – Hwang InYoup (5 September), and 4th place – BAE173’s Lee HanGyul (12 September). The “Boy Crush” vote will continue from the 12th of September!
Back to this week’s feature!
Let’s get to know our crush, Jay B!
Jay B is famous as the leader and a member of the international hit boy group GOT7. He also has an illustrious career as a solo artist. Jay B is known as being not only the anchor of his team but also the anchor of his fans’ hearts. Stability comes from being Jay B’s fan as his strengths don’t just stop at music.
Today we’ll look at all the things that make Jay B so admirable that anyone who gets to know him would fall for his charm.
If you’re new to Jay B, here is some basic information about him. He was born on Jan. 6, 1994, and his real name is Lim JaeBum. He is an only child and really enjoys being alone. He became serious about dancing, especially B-Boying, during his middle school years and his dream was to become a professional B-Boyer, not a singer at first. Jay B often says that his lonely personality started disappearing the deeper he fell in love with music. This was the birth of Defsoul (his B-Boy persona).
He was actually scouted by JYP at a B-Boy competition and went on to do an audition competition which he tied for first place for. He tied alongside fellow GOT7 member JinYoung.
After officially joining JYP Entertainment and coinciding with his discovery of artists such as D’Angelo, his interest in singing grew exponentially. Thereafter he made it his mission to pour all of his effort into his training. It is a well-known fact that he really enjoyed his trainee period.
Jay B made his acting debut in the drama “Dream High 2” alongside JinYoung. He often mentions that he didn’t have a lot of acting experience at the time, making it a difficult project for him. However, the role he played earned him a lot of fans who could see his star potential.
Jay B and JinYoung both debuted as a duo called JJ Project. They debuted with a bold impression and the world got to appreciate Jay B’s powerful vocals in a new light. Even later on, when they made a comeback as a duo several years later, they wowed everyone leaving them in awe.
Check out their iconic song ‘BOUNCE’ that still gets fans doing the choreography everytime they hear it.
Jay B later debuted as part and leader of GOT7, aka Lim Leader, in 2014.
His vocals are crisp but husky, soft but powerful. He has a honey-like quality to his voice that melts into your ears and eases you instantly. In fact, whenever he sings, his voice sounds like it is not only embracing the music but also the listener. Jay B’s voice is filled with a sentiment that raises sympathy in his fans.
Even his speaking sounds sentimental and soothing in the ear. Hence, he is so skilled at radio DJing, as well.
His interest in and deeper understanding of music also elevates his vocal prowess. He is an expert at identifying the key/killing elements of a song and making them richer with his vocal technique. However, despite his excellent technique, his singing still sounds authentic and soulful. This speaks to his wide vocal range, too. He has a distinct vocal sound that varies depending on the persona he is presenting on stage. For example, GOT7’s Jay B shows off his bright vocal tone and powerful belting…
Check out an example in this live version of ‘LAST PIECE’.
…whereas his Def. persona shows off a lower register, more mellow melody, and intrinsically sexy tone to his voice.
Check out the way he utilizes falsetto notes in ‘SUNSET WITH YOU’.
However, it is not to say that these sides of his voice can only be seen in certain personas. If you listen to his songs carefully, he incorporates all of these vibes into each song he sings, in different ways.
For example, in his duo/sub-unit JUS2 with fellow member YuGyeom, he showed us the best of all of his stage personas, too. At the time, the release of their music gave Ahgase a better understanding of his musical style and taste.
Check out this live performance of ‘FOCUS ON ME’.
As we mentioned earlier, his ability to be such a versatile singer is due to his vast knowledge of music. Jay B has a long list of credits for producing music. He has songwriting, arranging, and composing credits for his own music, GOT7’s songs, and other artists, too.
His vocals are a large part of his talent, but we can’t leave out giving him credit for the talent that started it all either. Dancing.
Be it B-Boying, martial arts/acrobatics, or stage choreography, Jay B can do it all effortlessly. From his stage acting with the way he utilizes his choreography and facial expressions, to the fluidity of his dance moves but simultaneous ability to pull off rigid powerful movements; Jay B is a force to be reckoned with when given a rhythm and a beat.
To quote an Ahgase,
“That’s what makes him an all rounder! JaeBeom isn’t just a great singer-songwriter, he’s also a great dancer. His body control is insane. On top of that, his stage presence is out of this world. He’s truly best at everything he does.”
We couldn’t agree more. Check out this dance practice video for ‘FAME’ to see what we mean.
As a leader… Honestly, his leadership is too great to describe in a paragraph or two. Luckily, we have a separate recent article about 6 Times GOT7’s Jay B Served Us The Best Lim Leader Energy. It still isn’t enough to highlight his tremendous leadership abilities but it’s definitely an appreciative start.
Additionally, Jay B has a lot of duality to his personality. He has a shy and introverted side where he keeps more to himself and simply observes. He also has an extroverted and bubbly side that comes out to wreck your bias when you least expect it. Both sides are equally charming.
Of course, we can’t forget to mention his sexy side (which he insists is larger than his cute side). The word ‘charisma’ was clearly made as a foreshadowing of the force that is Jay B.
Speaking of which, we can’t forget the sheer allure that comes from his good looks either. He is so effortlessly handsome that he has been the subject of many love calls from large fashion brands, and for good reason too!
On top of that, Jay B’s sculpted face is ever-charming. It’s like a fine wine that only gets better as he gets older. Not to mention that no matter the outfit or hair he is rocking, he always looks like a visual king.
Another of his endearing points is that Jay B has always been expressive and okay with being vulnerable to his fans. He has shared numerous doubts and insecurities, as well as the nuggets of wisdom that he has learned along his journey.
Most recently, fans can check out his series on DIVE Studios’ “Mindset“. Through this, you will get to know more about the nitty gritty of his personality, what makes him tick, some of the obstacles he has faced, and how he overcame them. The series gives an unfiltered look into not only Jay B but his personality and story as Lim JaeBum.
Watch this teaser for the series here.
“I strive for perfection because I’m imperfect. I just keep trying a lot of different things so I can crash into them, and learn from them. I have the same concerns that you all have. I want you to know that I’m human just like you. I don’t want you to be anxious, scared, or depressed.”
– Jay B
Jay B acknowledges his position as an idol and artist but never fails to remind his fans that he is just like them. He treats them as equals if not family and always has Ahgase’s and his members’ best interests at heart. It is truly admirable how he tries to make his fandom a safe comfortable space where he can be the rock and anchor that holds the boat in place, even during the roughest of storms.
In fact, Jay B is the kind of artist who can not only hold the ship in place but make it ride the current to its advantage. We know that with Jay B on everyone’s radar, there can only be happy moments.
His optimism and sense of self-awareness are two things that many fans have cited that they want to learn from him. These are another reason that many idols who have interacted with him have shared their admiration of his character.
You didn’t think we would finish off this article without mentioning his smile, did you? How could we ever. Finally, Jay B’s smile is enough to melt all of your worries away.
What do you think? Do you have a crush on Jay B?
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