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 29)
Daegu, South Korea
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active2010–present
AwardsROK Order of Cultural Merit Hwa-gwan (5th Class) ribbon.PNG 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.

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.

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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)". 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". 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.
  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