Block B's leader Zico graced the cover of the February issue of '10+Star' with the theme of 'A Day of Zico.'
In the interview with the magazine, Zico shared his thoughts on being acknowledged as a rapper and his thoughts on rookie rapper iKON's Bobby as well as his longtime friend, WINNER's Mino.
He said, "I want to be acknowledged as a rapper, but I don't want to accomplish it while putting someone else down. Rap is not a tournament. If you are focused on only winning during a competition, then you waste a lot of energy on something that isn't important. I also used to rap with a lot of energy because I wanted to be acknowledged by someone. Right now, I am learning to let my energy go."
When asked about Bobby, who pointed out Zico as a 'mountain to leap over,' Zico commented, "Bobby is really good so I'm honored that he thinks of me that way. I got to know him after 'Show Me the Money' ended and we exchanged contact information. He then messaged me through Kakaotalk, 'Hyung, you are the mountain that I must climb over.' So I messaged back saying, 'This mountain has no place to rest nor a mineral spring. You have to climb up no matter what. So it's probably going to be a hard climb.' Bobby is probably going to do even better from now on because he is very talented. He is motivating me as well."
Zico also mentioned his longtime friend, Mino, who is now a part of YG Entertainment's rookie group WINNER. He said, "I knew that Mino would do well. I've told him multiple times, 'You're going to do well no matter what. Just wait a bit longer.' Right now, I'm glad that Mino finally found something that fits him perfectly. I hope that he will now take care of me."
For the full interview with Zico, check out the upcoming February issue of '10+Star,' which will hit store shelves on January 22!