Eun Ji-won

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Eun.
Eun Ji-won
은지원
Eun Ji Won (in 2010).jpg
Eun Ji-won performing at the May 2010 Lolipop Concert
Background information
Also known as G1, G (지), Eun Choding (은초딩)
Born (1978-06-08) June 8, 1978 (age 36)
Origin South Korea
Genres K-pop, hip-hop, R&B, rap
Occupations Rapper, singer, dancer, composer, producer, host,
Years active 1997–2000 (group member)
2000–present (soloist)
Labels Daesung Entertainment (1997-2000)
SD Entertainment
13 Creative Unit[1]
CH Entertainment
GYM Entertainment (Current)
Associated acts Sechs Kies, Movement, Clover
Eun Ji-won
Hangul 은지원
Hanja 殷志源
Revised Romanization Eun Ji-won
McCune–Reischauer Ŭn Chiwŏn

Eun Ji-won (born June 8, 1978[2]) is a Korean rapper, host, dancer, composer and former leader of the first generation idol group Sechs Kies (젝스키스). Eun was the oldest member of the group, and pursued a solo career in 2001 with his first single ("A-Ha"). He returned to the K-pop scene in 2007 with the Latin-hip-hop single, "Adios". The following year, Eun released an album (G Code) and a single ("Dangerous"). In addition to singing, he appeared on KBS' Happy Sunday: 1 Night 2 Days and now co-hosts the health program Vitamin and the network's song-contest program Saturday Freedom: Immortal Songs 2 on KBS World TV 2

Early life[edit]

Eun graduated from Seoul Yeudo Elementary School (서울 여의도 초등학교), Yoon Joong Junior High School (윤중 중학교) and Korea Kent Foreign School in South Korea. After moving to the United States he attended Hawaii Pacific University, where he was known as Matthew Eun. During his stay in Hawaii, Eun roomed with Kang Sung-hoon.[3] His granduncle is former South Korean president Park Chung-hee; his auntie from his mother side family is South Korean President Park Geun-hye, the daughter of the late President Park.[4]

Eun Ji-won's nickname in Sechs Kies was "Soy Sauce" (깜시) because of his dark skin. "Eun Choding" ("Kid Eun") was a later nickname on the reality-variety show Happy Sunday: 1 Night 2 Days because of his boyish behavior.

Career[edit]

1997–2000: Sechs Kies[edit]

Main article: Sechs Kies

Eun Ji-won and Kang Sung-hoon were discovered by a Daesung Entertainment's president who was vacationing in Hawaii, and hired to perform at a nightclub. Kim Jae-duc and Lee Jae-jin were in a dance group (the Quicksilvers) in their hometown of Pusan, where one of the group's members sent a tape to Daesung Entertainment.[5] Jang Su-won won an open audition. Finally, Ko Ji Yong was introduced to Daesung Entertainment by Kang Sung-hoon (his friend since elementary school). Eun and Kang originally wanted to perform as a duo, but became part of the larger group after the debut of H.O.T..[6] Lee Ho-Yeon, president of Daesung Entertainment, formed a six-member group in which Eun performed as a rapper.

The group debuted in 1997, and disbanded in 2000. Eun described his time with Sechs Kies as hectic, recalling that members would retreat to their parents' homes to avoid the demanding schedule.[7] He said the group's record label planned many of their media appearances without consulting the members. During this time, the group's popularity rivaled that of H.O.T.

On May 18, 2000 Sechs Kies announced their departure from the K-pop scene at a press conference, where a few members were tearful. Lee Jae-jin later said that the group originally intended to leave their record label without disbanding. After the press conference a last music video, "Thanks", was released after their final concert. He said he had not seen bandmate Ko Ji-Yong for seven years; Ko moved to the United States to study, and has not returned.[8]

With former members[edit]

Although Sechs Kies disbanded in 2000, in 2002 Eun performed with former member Kang Sung-hoon and J-Walk's Kim Jae-duc and Jang Su-won. In 2007, he performed with J-Walk on a number of music shows, including KBS' Yoon Do Hyun's Love Letter (where they performed the Sechs Kies song, "Couple") and Music Bank (performing Eun's "Adios" and J-Walk's "Light Storm"). Eun and J-Walk performed "Couple" at Lee Soo-geun's wedding on March 2, 2008. Eun was featured on the third J-Walk album's title track, "My Love" and in its music video.

Solo career[edit]

2000–2002: Beginning[edit]

After Sechs Kies disbanded Eun began his solo career in 2000 with an EP including "A-Ha" on October 27, 2000. He wrote all the songs on his first solo album, G Pop, which was released on March 29, 2001. After his successful first album, Eun refined his style and experimented with his music on his second album, Heavy G.

2003–2005: Third-album breakthrough[edit]

Eun's third album, Drunk on Hip Hop (with the single "Drunk on Melody"), was released on September 5, 2005.[9] He later reissued his third album, including a "winter version" of "Mikasaro" and "Never Ever" from his first solo album. "Drunk on Melody" won Eun the Hip Hop Award at the 2003 SBS Gayo Awards and the KMTV Korean Music Awards. He has performed the song twice on stage with Tiger JK of Drunken Tiger on KBS' Yoon Do Hyun's Love Letter.

2004: Screen debut[edit]

Eun starred in the romantic comedy Marrying a High-School Girl (여고생 시집가기) with Lim Eun-kyeong by first-time director Oh Duk Hwan, which was released on December 23, 2004. He played Park Ondal, a transfer student to the school attended by Pyung-Gang (Lim). The film was about a high school girl who must marry a boy named "Ondal" before her sixteenth birthday, and have a baby within a year; otherwise, she would die.

2006: Hip-hop movement[edit]

Eun disappeared from mainstream K-pop in mid-2006, joining Movement (무브먼트) (a group of rappers and hip-hop artists throughout Korea). Many of these singers are well known in the K-pop industry, while others are underground artists. Members of the Movement include Drunken Tiger, Tasha (Yoon Mi Rae), Dynamic Duo, Epik High, TBNY, Leessang, Yang Dong Gun (YDG), Bobby Kim, Buga Kingz, Ann and Double K. The Movement staged a concert on May 13, 2006, and many Movement artists have been featured on Eun's albums.

2007–2008: Comeback[edit]

Eun returned with a single, "Adios", after a hiatus from the music industry; his album Love, Death, Introspection (사랑 死랑 思랑) was released on October 30, 2007 with four new tracks and an instrumental version of "Adios". Mr. Tyfoon, Baek Ji-young and Sat Byul (샛별) were featured on the album. "Adios", a Latin hip-hop song, was composed by Keeproots with lyrics by Mr. Tyfoon. Tiger JK from Drunken Tiger, Mr. Tyfoon and Eun produced the album.[10][11] Eun is part of 13 Creative Unit, a subsidiary of Eyagi Entertainment (which also produces singer Hwang Bo and actress Park Si Yeon).

In mid-2007, Eun appeared on the KBS reality-variety show Happy Sunday: 1 Night 2 Days. He replaced Kim Jong Min (who left for military service) on MBC's Come To Play (놀러와). Eun was a cast member of SBS' Burst! Mental Concentration (작렬! 정신통일) before the show's cancellation in September 2007.

For his fifth album, Eun selected 20 of over 100 songs. In 2007, he performed at the DKNY Party. Eun appeared on Starship Entertainment label-mate Moon Ji-eun's debut EP (released on April 10, 2008), rapping on "Fox" and appearing in its music video after Moon appeared in Eun's 2003 music video for "Suddendly" (문득).[12] In June 2008, Eun collaborated with J-Walk (Kim Jae-duc and Jang Su-won, formerly of Sechskies) on a song for J-Walk's album, "My Love". Later that year Eun released G Code; its single was "Dangerous", a sample of Kardinal Offishall featuring Akon's version of "Dangerous".

2009: GYM Entertainment and fifth album[edit]

In early 2009 Eun left CH Entertainment and started his own company, GYM Entertainment. The first artist to be released in his company was singer-rapper Gilme; Eun appeared on Gilme's debut song, "Love Cuts", and has performed the song on stage with her.

After a year's hiatus from the music scene Eun released his fifth full-length studio album, Platonic. The lead track, "Siren", is an electronic dance song with hip-hop rhythms. Eun collaborated with Mr. Tyfoon, Gilme and 2 Days & 1 Night member Lee Su-geun on the album. The album was jointly released by GYM Entertainment and Starship Entertainment.

2011: Clover[edit]

On March 31, 2011 Eun, Gilme and Mr. Tyfoon formed Clover, which showcased their similar musical styles. They performed "La Vida Loca", from their mini-album Classic Over, on a number of musical shows.[13]

HotSechGodRG[edit]

On April 9th 2013, Chun Myung Hoon, Tony An, Moon Hee Jun, Eun Ji Won, and Danny Ahn appeared at the new show on QTV, 'Handsome Boys of the 20th Century'.

'Handsome Boys of the 20th Century' was started when Moon Hee Jun five 1st generation idols to discuss things they couldn't in the past. He presented the idea that they would reflect on their idol days and where they are now.The show, starring H.O.T.'s Moon Hee Jun and Tony An, NRG's Chun Myung Hoon, Sechs Kies's Eun Ji Won, and g.o.d.'s Danny Ahn.that make them as HotSechGodRG that is come from each member previous idol band name.

These particular members have been appearing on many entertainment programs both mainstream and cable, such as “Immortal Songs”, “Happy Together” and “20th Century Pretty Boys” etc.

The group continued to garner much praise in the later half of 2013 and announced that they were preparing for a Christmas concert (Legend Back). Unfortunately, Tony encountered some legal trouble and had to withdraw from the group and the public eye. The concert was canceled as they felt they couldn’t go on without Tony.

In early 2014, things grew quiet for the team, but in May, it was announced that HOTSechgodRG would return for a new show in July.

Personal life[edit]

2010: Marriage[edit]

In February 2010 Eun announced that he would marry his first love, a woman three years his senior who was a contestant in the Miss Korea pageant. They knew each other since 1994 in Hawaii, but broke up three years later when Eun returned to South Korea as leader of Sechs Kies.[14] Eun and Lee Sooyeon were reunited 13 years later, and had a steady relationship since then. Eun's fiancée is sister-in-law by marriage to soccer player Lee Dong-Gook. A representative of GYM Entertainment said that Eun and Lee were looking for a wedding hall in Hawaii; although they had not yet set a wedding date, they hoped to marry in April.[15][16]

On April 7 Eun left for Hawaii to prepare for the wedding ceremony,[17] scheduled for April 20.[18] The couple cut short their honeymoon because Eun had to return to South Korea. A small party was planned during the filming of 1 Night 2 Days on April 23 for his marriage; however, due to the ROKS Cheonan sinking episodes that were to be aired during April (when the cast traveled along Korea's coastline) were postponed or canceled. This allowed Eun to extend his honeymoon.[19]

Although filming for 1 Night 2 Days was postponed, Eun and his parents returned to South Korea on April 22[20] and he was interviewed on SBS's One Night’s TV Entertainment; he said it was like filming a commercial with his wife.[21] The couple's new home was in Yeouido. On April 29 the first photo of the wedding ceremony was leaked to the public, in which the couple is walking down the aisle with family and friends congratulating them.[22]

2013: Divorce announcement[edit]

On February 28, 2013, Eun announced that he and his wife divorced in August 2012. A statement from his management said, "Eun Ji Won wed his wife Ms. Lee Sooyeon in April 2010, but the two decided to part ways in August 2012. They decided to go their separate ways so that they could lead new lives following difficulties in getting along due to differences in personality".[23]

Criticism[edit]

Eun is the only member of Sechs Kies to face criticism since the group disbanded for changing musical genres from pop music to hip hop and rap. Former boy band member Moon Hee Jun of H.O.T also changed genres, becoming a rock instead of a pop singer after going solo (Sechs Kies was a musical rival of H.O.T.).[24][25] On the Dec 2013. episode 11 of The Genius season 2, Lee Doo-hee, a hacker-turned-computer programmer who was once considered one of the most competitive contestants, left the race. Eun Ji Won is not purposely hide his card and say sorry after that but is make a controversial for fans and start to blame Eun Ji Won for it.[26]

Discography[edit]

Sechs Kies discography[edit]

Solo discography[edit]

Clover discography[edit]

  • 2011: Classic Over
  • 2011: Knowing My Brother (아는 오빠)
  • 2012: Pork Soup (돼지 국밥)

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
1998 Seventeen Kim Joon Tae
2004 Marrying a High-School Girl Park Ondal
2009 The Missing Lynx Lynx (dubbing)

Dramas[edit]

Year Network Title Character Notes
2001 MBC Nonstop 5 Eun Ji Won Special Guest
2003 MBC Nonstop 5 Eun Ji Won Cameo
2007 MBC New Heart Eun Ji Won Cameo
2012 tvN Reply 1997 Do Hak Chan
2013 tvN Reply 1994 Do Hak Chan Cameo

Host[edit]

Year Network Show Partner Host
2000 SBS SBS Inkigayo Huh E-jae
2009 MBC Lord of the Rings (반지의 제왕) Lee Soo-geun, Marco
2010 KBS Idol League Moon Hee-joon
2013 Qtv Handsome Boy Radio - EunHee Clinic Moon Hee-joon
2013 KBS 미녀와야수 beauty and the best' Lee Soo-geun, Jo Kwon
2013–present KBS Immortal Song 2 Moon Hee-joon
2013–present KBS Vitamin Lee Hwi-jae, Park Eun Young
2014–present JTBC Contemporary Moon Hee-joon, Kim Gura, Brian Joo

Variety Shows[edit]

Year Network Title
2003 MBC 패러디극장 옥탑방 구렁이
2006 SBS Truth & False (있다! 없다?)
2007 SBS Jiwhaza (작렬! 정신통일)
2007 KBS Are You Ready? (해피선데이: 준비됐어요)'
2009 SBS Intimate Note Season 2 (절친노트 2)
2009 MBC School Mobile World Card (스쿨 문자지존)
2010 KBS Star Golden Bell season 2
2011 KBS Oh!My school( 100 out of 100 points)
2011 KBS Secret
2011 MBC Star King
2007 - 2012 KBS 1 Night 2 Days'
2012-2013 tvN Three Idiots
2012 Mnet Show me the money
2012 JTBC High Society
2012 MBC I Live Alone
2013 SBS Running Man
2013 Qtv 20th Century Handsome Boys
2013 SBS Barefooted Friends
2013 MBC Star Gazing
2013 - 2014 tvN The Genius 2
2014 KBS Million Seller
2014 MBC World Changing Quiz Show (hotsechgodrg) , (best friend special)
2014 KBS 1 Night 2 Days
2014 OnStyle Where Is My Superhero
2014 KBS Family dignity house - ep.48 , ep.69
2014 SBS Running Man
2014 SBS Magic Eye
2014 tvN First Day of Work

Endorsement[edit]

Year Company Name Brand Name Item Co-star
2008 Nepa Nepa Clothing MC Mong
2008 BHC BHC Chiken Food MC Mong
2008 Noonnoppi Noonnoppi Education
2008 New Era Snap Back Hat Hat
2009 Home Plus Mall Mall MC Mong, Kang Ho-dong, Lee Soo-geun, Lee Seung-gi, Kim C

Radio career[edit]

Eun was the first DJ on MBC FM4U (친한 친구), from 2002 to 2003.

Awards[edit]

Group[edit]

Year Awards
1997
1998
  • M.net Golden Disk Awards, Bonsang Award
  • KMTV Korean Music Awards, Bonsang Award
  • The 9th Annual Seoul Music Awards, Daesang Award
  • KBS Music Awards, Bonsang Award
  • MBC Music Festival, Bonsang Award
  • SBS Music Awards, Bonsang Award
1999
  • M.net Golden Disk Awards, Bonsang Award
  • KMTV Korean Music Awards, Bonsang Award
  • MBC Music Festival, Bonsang Award
  • KBS Music Awards, Bonsang Award
  • SBS Music Awards, Bonsang Award

Solo[edit]

Year Awards
2001
  • SBS Netizen Popularity Award, 1st Place (July)
2003
  • KMTV Korean Music Awards, Hip Hop Award
  • SBS Gayo Awards, Hip Hop Award
2010
2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ 13 Creative Unit is a subsidiary company of Eyagi Entertainment.
  2. ^ (Korean) 네이버 인물검색: 궁금한 인물을 한눈에! - 은지원 Naver. November 25, 2008. Retrieved November 25, 2008.
  3. ^ 은지원 하와이 첫사랑과 12년 만에 재회 ‘열애설’
  4. ^ 연예프리즘 대한민국 '연예계 귀족' 누가 있나?
  5. ^ 이재진, 과거 자서전서 직접 밝힌 ‘생활고(苦)’
  6. ^ 카페 가수 은지원 팬카페
  7. ^ 은지원, 젝키 시절 H.O.T '땜빵' 거절할 수 없었던 이유
  8. ^ 은지원 “젝키 해체, 최고이자 최악의 순간”
  9. ^ (English) KBS World - Artist Search KBS World. Retrieved January 4, 2008.
  10. ^ (English) Rapper Eun Returns with Latin Hiphop KBS Global. Retrieved October 30, 2007.
  11. ^ (Korean) 은지원, 2년 6개월 만에 컴백… 라틴 힙합 'ADIOS' 발표 조이 뉴스 24. Retrieved October 30, 2007.
  12. ^ (Korean) 은지원, 문지은 데뷔곡 '여우가' 피처링 참여...6년 우정 과시 Chosun. April 8, 2008. Retrieved April 10, 2008.
  13. ^ (Korean) 은지원 그룹결성, 젝키해체 11년만에 길미-타이푼과 3인조 새출발 Nate News. March 22, 2011. May 10, 2011.
  14. ^ (Korean) '영화같은' 은지원, 만남서 결혼까지 Star News. February 17, 2010. Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  15. ^ (Korean) 은지원, 4월 첫사랑과 하와이서 결혼 Nate News. February 17, 2010. Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  16. ^ (Korean) Eun Ji-won: 'I will marry my first love' KBS Global. February 18, 2010. Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  17. ^ (English) Singer and "1 Night 2 Days" Star Eun Ji-won Leaves For His Wedding In Hawaii April 7, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
  18. ^ (Korean) 은지원, 오늘(20일) 하와이서 결혼 Star News. April 20, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
  19. ^ (Korean) 은지원, '1박2일' 녹화취소로 신혼여행 연장 Star News. April 22, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
  20. ^ (Korean) 은지원 몰래 귀국현장 포착..편안한 옷차림 ‘새신랑 맞네’ Newsen. April 23, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
  21. ^ (Korean) 은지원 결혼소감 "CF 찍는 기분" Star Today. April 23, 2010. April 23, 2010.
  22. ^ (Korean) Kim, Myung Shin. `품절남` 은지원, 결혼 사진 전격 공개! Han Kyung. April 29, 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2010.
  23. ^ Eun Ji Won Officially Announces He Divorced His Ex-Wife in August 2012 CJ E&M enewsWorld. February 28, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  24. ^ (Korean) 하드보일드 매치, 맞짱 문희준 VS 은지원 1부 YTN Star. Retrieved January 4, 2008.
  25. ^ (Korean) 하드보일드 매치, 맞짱 문희준 VS 은지원 2부 YTN Star. Retrieved January 4, 2008.
  26. ^ (Korean) [1]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kim Sung Min[disambiguation needed]
Kim Tae Won
Lee Ha Neul
KBS Entertainment Awards for Best Entertainer
2010
Succeeded by
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