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Suga (rapper)

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Suga, in a white and blue shirt
Suga for Dispatch magazine, February 2019
Min Yoon-gi

(1993-03-09) March 9, 1993 (age 31)
Daegu, South Korea
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active2010–present
Awards Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit (2018)
Musical career
Also known asAgust D\Gloss
LabelsBig Hit
Korean name
Revised RomanizationMin Yun-gi
McCune–ReischauerMin Yunki
Stage name
Revised RomanizationSyu-ga

Min Yoon-gi (Hangul: 민윤기; born March 9, 1993), better known by his stage names Suga and Agust D, is a South Korean rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He is also a member of the group BTS.

Life[change | change source]

Min Yoon-ki was born on March 9, 1993 in Daegu, South Korea. His mother dreamed of a pumpkin coming through a window and spent her childhood in Daegu to Taejeon Elementary School and Gwaneum Middle School in Daegu.Suga started writing music lyrics at age 13 and learned about MIDI. Suga worked part-time at a record studio until he was 17. In 2010, when suga was in his second year of high school, he proudly passed the first national audition for HIT IT, which recruited a new member of BTS from Big Hit Entertainment, and transferred to Apgujeong High School and moved to Seoul. It is said that the reason for joining Big Hit was that he applied for both the composer and rapper auditions and passed in the summer of 2010. In the early days of joining the company, he dreamed of becoming a rapper while focusing on production rather than thinking of becoming an idol. Prior to joining Big Hit, Suga was an under rapper under the name Gloss. He wanted to be a songwriter, but Bang Si-hyuk wanted to raise him as an idol, and Bang persuaded him that he only needed to rap without choreography, like the hip-hop group One Time, so he eventually became a member of the BTS. In 2016, he released his first solo mixtape, August D.[1]

Name[change | change source]

Suga, with blue hair and in a pink suit, holds his right hand up and looks left
Suga at the 2016 Gaon Chart Awards on February 17, 2016.

The stage name Suga (Hangul: 슈가) comes from the first syllables of the term shooting guard (Hangul: 슈팅 가드). It is the position he played in basketball as a student.[1] He adopted the alias Agust D in 2016 for his mixtape. It was from his initials DT. In short for his birthplace, Daegu Town, and "Suga" spelled backwards.

Career[change | change source]

Suga is responsible for writing, composing, arranging, mixing, and mastering his materials. Over 70 registered songs are credited to him by the Korea Music Copyright Association.[2]

He is a pianist, and produces hip hop and R&B music.[3] His lyrics involve themes that are "full of dreams and hope," conceived with the intent of his music becoming "many people's strength."[4] He cites Stony Skunk and Epik High as his inspirations to pursue hip hop music.

Particularly, he credits the former's reggae-hiphop hybrid album Ragga Muffin (2005) and its title track for igniting his interest in the genre.[5]

Jeff Benjamin of Fuse said that Suga's mixtape "showcases the star's ear for hot productions, hardcore rap style, and how he can make his vulnerabilities a strength."[6] Other critics stated that Suga's "storytelling execution in the music he creates tears down the barrier of censoring and sugarcoating".[7]

In January 2018, Suga was promoted to a full member of the Korea Music Copyright Association.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. There is a behind story of naming for BTS(방탄소년단! 너 이름이 뭐니?)ㅣYamanTV Ep.23 (video) (Variety television show) (in Korean). YouTube: Mnet K-POP. June 22, 2015. Event occurs at 1:49. Archived from the original on April 22, 2019. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  2. "Songs Registered Under Suga (10005239)". komca.or.kr. Archived from the original on July 14, 2017. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  3. Herman, Tamar (June 30, 2017). "Get To Know BTS: Suga". Billboard. Nielsen Holdings. Archived from the original on March 27, 2019. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  4. "BTS". An An. Japan: Magazine House. June 14, 2016.
  5. Park, Su-jeong (October 15, 2013). 방탄소년단, 네 꿈은 뭐니? (인터뷰). 10asia (in Korean). Korea Entertainment Media. Archived from the original on September 13, 2017. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  6. Benjamin, Jeff (August 16, 2016). "SUGA TAKES THE SPOTLIGHT WITH 'AGUST D' MIXTAPE: WHY YOU SHOULD KNOW THE BTS RAPPER'S ALTER EGO". fuse.tv. Archived from the original on March 8, 2018. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  7. Writer, Jim Bea Sampaga, Features Staff. ""Agust D" album review". Ka Leo O Hawaii. Archived from the original on September 13, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2019.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. Kim, Hyun-seo (April 20, 2018). "방탄소년단(BTS) 슈가, 한국음악저작권협회 정회원 승격…'정회원 기준은?'" [BTS' Suga, a member of the Korea Music Copyright Association (KOFIC), ' What are the criteria for full membership? ']. Top Star News (in Korean). Archived from the original on October 9, 2019. Retrieved April 20, 2018.

Other websites[change | change source]

  • Media related to Suga at Wikimedia Commons