Dumbfoundead

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Jonathan Park
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Background information
Native name 박성만 (Park Sung Man)
Birth name Jonathan Park
Also known as Dumbfoundead, DFD, Dumb, Korean Jesus, Parker
Born (1986-02-18) February 18, 1986 (age 29)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, actor
Years active 2005-present
Labels Knocksteady
Associated acts Project Blowed, Swim Team, Thirsty Fish, Duke Westlake, DJ Zo, Wax, George Watsky
Website dumbfoundead.com

Jonathan Park (Hangul: 박성만; RR: Park Seong-man) (February 18, 1986), better known by his stage name Dumbfoundead, or currently Parker, is a Korean-American entertainer. He originates from the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

Early life[edit]

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina[1] to South Korean immigrants, Jonathan Park (Korean name: 박성만 Park Sung Man) was smuggled in along with his sister by his mother to Mexico, and then later settled in Koreatown in Los Angeles at the age of three. He was often seen as a class clown by his peers at an early age, and was exposed to hip-hop at age ten upon entering a community center in MacArthur Park and meeting emcees such as Mark Luv of Zulu Nation, Poppin' Chuck, Cre8 RTN, and Ezrock.[2] This first experience with hip-hop allowed him to develop the technique of freestyling and to educate himself on hip-hop's history and roots. A year later, he was taken to Project Blowed, an open-mic workshop located in Leimert Park in South Central Los Angeles, by a high school friend. There he would continue to hone his abilities as an emcee amongst the influence of "Blowdians" such as Otherwize, Riddlore, Nocando, P.E.A.C.E., and many others, eventually earning the title of "Blowdian" himself.[2]

Park dropped out of John Marshall High School in his sophomore year, as a result of frequent truancy. After dropping out, Park moved into a one-bedroom apartment in the MacArthur Park area with his sister. Prior to initiating a full-time professional music career, he worked as a bail bondsman, among many other odd jobs in order to support the finances he needed to pay for his home.[3]

Career[edit]

Park played a supporting role in Joseph Kahn's horror film Detention.[4]

His solo album, DFD, was released on November 1, 2011.[5] The second album, Take the Stares, was released on October 16, 2012.[6]

Dumbfoundead has frequently collaborated with other artists, including Epik High, Wax, Jay Park, Kahi and Breezy Lovejoy.[7]

He has been featured on NBC for his viral video Jam Session 2.0, consisting of 8 different musicians from around the world sharing the spotlight individually via split screen but collaborating on one cohesive track.[8] He has also been on Los Angeles Times,[9] Last Call with Carson Daly,[10] MTV Hive,[11] and Mnet.[12]

Dumbfoundead is of an Asian decent, respected emcee from the 'Fresh' Coast, Los Angeles. He started as a battle rapper performing on GrindTime. GrindTime, during its hay day had many respectable emcees, but fell off quickly with the merge of GT and KOTD. The fall off is better know as bad business amongst the emcees in GrindTime. KOTD later dropped the GT label, and kept the main host of GT named Lush One. This in turn declined the revenue . Plus the steady emergence of URL (Ultimate Rap League) paying GT emcees more money, and giving them better competition. Dumbfoundead has a comedic approach with very few bars. Dumbfoundead soon quit the battle scene to pursue his love for making music. Dumb seemed to be a lost talent in the battle rap world until just recently when he was announced as one of the emcees to perform on KOTD's (King of the Dot) Black Out 5 event. All fans are very exited for his return. Black Out has one of the most original ideas to keep the fans exited, and interested. Last year KOTD incorporated a theme in determining who will battle who. This theme is great for the fans, because the fans do not know who will battle who other than the annual title match, and the main event. The title match this year is the two time defending KOTD Champion, Pat Stay, versus the ever progressing Charron. Both of these emcees are from Canada. The main event of BO5 (Black Out 5) is of two of the best stage performers to battle. The overseas lyrical killer, Shotty Horroh versus, arguably the best stage performer to battle, Hitman Holla. Besides these two conformed battles the list of emcees stems to nearly 30 plus. Dumbfounded being one of these battlers. This card has many of the highly lyrical, aggressive, bar and scheme conductors to ever stand on the battle rap stage. Only can we wonder who Dumbfoundead will battle. With his witty punchlines, and relentless approach of jabs, jabs, jabs, and a haymaker here and there, Dumbfoundead will be happily welcomed back to the scene, because of his comedic value, and ability to word together clever metaphors, schemes and punches.

Style and influences[edit]

He is known for his affiliation with Los Angeles based hip hop collective Project Blowed, he has participated in the West Coast division of rap battle league Grind Time, and in Jumpoff's 2007 World Rap Championships; both of which have given rise to his status as a strong web presence. He has also done a stint as the opening act for South Korean hip hop group Epik High's Map the Soul tour,[13] and is also a member of the hip hop trio Thirsty Fish and Los Angeles battle crew Swim Team.[14]

Discography[edit]

Solo
  • DFD (2011) (#6 Heatseekers Albums, #41 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, #24 Rap Albums)[15]
  • Love Everyday EP (2012)
  • Take the Stares (2012)
  • Old Boy Jon (2013)
Thirsty Fish
Swim Team
  • Oceans Eleven (2008)
Other collaborations
  • Super Barrio Brothers (2005) (with 8-Bit Bandit)
  • Fun with Dumb (2009) (with DJ Zo)
  • Clockwise (2010) (with Wax)
  • Cut + Paste (2010) (with DJ Zo)
  • White Boy Wasted (2012) (with Your Favorite Martian)
Guest appearances
  • Kenny Segal - "Pot Luck" from Ken Can Cook (2008)
  • Abstract Rude - "Thynk Eye Can (Blowedian Next Generation Mix)" from Rejuvenation (2009)
  • Elum - "Lounging" from The Life of Joe Caluya (2009)
  • Kero One - "Asian Kids" from Kinetic World (2010)
  • DJ Zo - "Vacation Song" (2010)
  • Rakaa - "Ambassador Slang" from Crown of Thorns (2010)
  • Rekstizzy - "No Apologies" (2011)
  • Descry - "Celebrate" from As Serenity Approaches (2012)
  • Jay Park - "You Know How We Do" from Fresh Air: Breathe It (2012)
  • Breezy Lovejoy - "Ms. Parker" from Lovejoy (2012)
  • Kero One - "In Time" and "Count on That" from Color Theory (2012)
  • Bambu - "Golden Era Shower" from ...One Rifle per Family (2012)
  • Kahi - "It's ME" from Who Are You? (2013)
  • Epik High - "420" (2013)
  • Avatar - "Blood Suckers" from This Machine Has Gone Wrong... (2013)
  • Jose Rios - "Angeles" from To Live & Grow in LA (2013)
  • Mike B. - "Untouchable" (2013)
  • Michael Nhat - "Army of the Dead" from Songs with Friends (2014)
  • Azure - "Friendly Fire" (2014)

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