Phantom (band)

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Phantom in April 2013
Background information
Origin South Korea
Genres Hip hop
Years active 2011–Present
Labels Brand New Music
WA Entertainment
Associated acts HybReFine, E-Tribe, Block B, Geeks
Members Kiggen

Phantom (stylized as PHANTOM) (Korean: 팬텀) is a South Korea-based hip hop trio consisting of three members: Kiggen, Sanchez and Hanhae. They are managed by Brand New Music and Kim Do-hoon's WA Entertainment. The group has released three single albums and two mini-albums: Phantom City & Phantom Theory. Last May 19, 2014, the group released its first full length album entitled Phantom Power.



Sanchez and Kiggen used to work under E-Tribe's Happy Face Entertainment prior to signing with Brand New Music, the latter under the name of his electronic music project HybReFine. He released a studio album on 3 September 2010 called 2010 - Vol. 1 and Sanchez's vocals were featured in the single "Cosmic Dance". A music video for the song was also released in which both of them appeared.

Hanhae used to be a former Block B trainee under Stardom Entertainment before joining Brand New Music. He was going to debut as the main vocalist of the band, but was dismissed in the end.

On the 21 August 2011, South Korean rapper and labelmate Verbal Jint released the music video teaser for his comeback single “You Look Good”, which featured Sanchez being slapped in the face by K-pop singer NS Yoon-G.[1] On the 30th, the whole music video was released. It featured Sanchez and NS Yoon-G as the main roles of the music video alongside Verbal Jint, as well as Hanhae and Kiggen playing secondary roles.[2]

Next month, on 7 September, Phantom released their first work together as a project band: a medley arrangement of songs banned by the South Korean Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF).[3] The song was titled “19 Song (Love Songs That Teens Cannot Listen To) (청소년이 들으면 안되는 사랑노래)” and contains lyrics by banned songs TVXQ‘s “주문- Mirotic“, Big Bang's “Strong Baby (Seungri Solo)”, Exhibit's “Truth in Alcohol”, DJ DOC‘s “I’m This Kind of Person (나이런사람이야 뮤직비디오)“, Vibe’s “Alcohol (술이야)“, 2PM‘s “Hands Up“, GD & T.O.P‘s “Knock Out (뻑이가요)” and “Don’t Go Home (집에 가지마)“ and 10 cm‘s “Americano“.

In November 2011 Phantom uploaded a YouTube video titled “Freddie ‘Phantom’ Mercury Singing The Boys (SNSD)”, which featured member Sanchez emulating Queen's lead singer Freddie Mercury while singing a part of the song “The Boys” by South Korean girl group Girls' Generation (SNSD)[4] with the other two members.

Also on that month, another video was uploaded to their official YouTube channel titled “KR/NZ/JP Tripartite Conference (한.뉴.일3자회담)”,[5] which featured the three members rapping along a hip hop base.

On 24 November, Phantom announced that they would release their first single album, Hole In Your Face (얼굴 뚫어지겠다) on 25 November.[6]

The music video teaser was released that same day on their official YouTube channel.[7] It displayed a young girl shaken with fear and then shot in the head by a gun. It was immediately swept with controversy over the cruelty of that scene,[8] which eventually led them to create a censored music video in black and white. The single was released the next day and on the 27th, the whole music video was uploaded to their official YouTube channel. The gunfire scene was cut out, and the members put on a small skit towards the end.

A representative of their company stated the group was going to make their official debut with a mini album in the beginning of 2012, Hole In Your Face being more of a teaser.[9]

On 14 December, Verbal Jint released a music video for his song "Thank You (감사감사)",[10] where scenes for the "You Look Good" music video and 'Looks Even Better' concert featuring the three Phantom members are shown.

Four days later, on 18 December, Verbal Jint held an exclusive concert at Seoul's Club TA for 150 people to celebrate his 32nd birthday.[11]

On 26 December, Phantom performed at subsidiary record label Absalute Music's concert at the Rolling Hall Club located it Seoul's Hongdae district.

On 3 January, Phantom won the "Rookie of the Month" award through Cyworld Music for the month of December 2011, even though they hadn't officially debuted yet.[12]

On 26 January, Verbal Jint released the music video for his single "Classic", a part of a sports brand Reebok's promotional campaign. The three members of Phantom appeared in the music video: Sanchez and Hanhae dancing next to a jukebox and Kiggen manipulating a DJ turntable.[13]

On 19 February, Phantom performed at Brand New Music's first concert 'Brand New Day vol. 1 (Verbal Jint and Friends)' alongside labelmates Verbal Jint, Skull, Bizniz, Swings, Nodo and Kollok Holmes at Seoul's V-Hall venue.[14] On 6 March, Absalute Music released the music video for his latest single "Let's Get It Poppin'" performed by the record company members Bizniz, NoS2ok and Baby K (a.k.a. Repus Meti). Images of the 'Brand New Day vol. 1 (Verbal Jint and Friends)' concert were shown, including Kiggen and Sanchez ones performing on stage.[15]

On 8 March, labelmate Skull released the music video for his latest single "쓰레기 (Trash) (feat. 옥상달빛)" where the three Phantom members made a cameo holding presents for the main girl in the music video.[16]

From 14 to 17 March, Verbal Jint held a national tour called 'More Like a Show' that consisted of three shows in the South Korean cities of Jeonju, Busan and Daegu. Phantom and Bizniz appeared as special guests in the Busan show 'White Day' that took place on 14 March.[17]

On 18 March, Phantom performed at labelmate Swing's 'The King Concert' with other guests as Giriboy, Vasco, Deepflow&Wutan, Geeks, Beenzino, Black Nut, 노창 and Skull with Just Band at Hongdae's Rolling Hall Club.[18]

On 7 July Phantom performed at the Cosmo Bikini Festival held by the South Korean edition of the Cosmopolitan magazine. The festival took place at the River Park swimming pool of the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill hotel located in Seoul's Gwangjin-gu district. The line-up was formed by Toxic, The Moonshiners, 10 cm, Verbal Jint, Phantom, UV and Mighty Mouth, among others.[19]

On 7 August, Phantom released the ballad "Seaweed Soup".[20]

Debut: Phantom City[edit]

Phantom released their first mini-album, Phantom City, on 16 August.[21]

On 21 August a video called "Phantom's 'Seaweed' Delivery - Davichi's Kang Min Kyung's part" was revealed. On 23 August Gaon Chart released the chart rankings for the week from 12 August to 18 August. Phantom reached the number 10 spot in the National Physical Albums Ranking chart.[22]

On 27 August Son Soo Kyung (aka Sue Son) released her first album I Am. The three Phantom members sang on the sixth track of the album, "Espresso Girl".

On 11 September, Mighty Mouth released the music video of their latest single "My Heart is Broken (feat. Im Yoon Taek of Ulala Session, Soul King)" in which various members of Brand New Music, including Phantom, appeared singing and dancing in a karaoke.


  • Lee Ki Won (Kiggen) - Leader, Rapper, Producer
  • Shin Jae Min (Sanchez) - Vocalist, Rapper, Producer
  • Jung Han Hae (Hanhae) - Vocalist, Rapper, Maknae


Single albums
Album # Album information Tracklisting
1st "Hole In Your Face (얼굴 뚫어지겠다)"
  • Released: November 25, 2011
  • Length: 7:56
  • Language: Korean
  • Label: Brand New Music
  1. "Hole In Your Face (얼굴 뚫어지겠다)" - 3:58
  2. "Hole In Your Face (얼굴 뚫어지겠다) (Instrumental)" - 3:58
2nd "Seaweed Soup (미역국)"
  • Released: August 7, 2012
  • Length: 3:16
  • Language: Korean
  • Label: Brand New Music
  1. "Seaweed Soup (미역국)" - 3:16
3rd "Come as you are (몸만와)"
  • Released: March 26, 2013
  • Length: 3:45
  • Language: Korean
  • Label: Brand New Music
  1. "Come as you are (몸만와) (Feat. Verbal Jint" - 3:45
  2. "Come as you are (몸만와) (Instrumental)" - 3:45
Album # Album information Tracklisting
1st "Phantom City"
  • Released: August 16, 2012
  • Length: 26:54
  • Language: Korean
  • Label: Brand New Music
  1. "Phantom City (feat. As One)" - 3:25
  2. "Burning" - 3:32
  3. "Homeground (feat. Verbal Jint, Swings)" - 3:20
  4. "Seaweed Soup (미역국)" - 3:17
  5. "Where You At? (어딘데?)" - 3:20
  6. "Ice" - 3:50
  7. "Hole In Your Face (얼굴 뚫어지겠다) (Re-Mastering Ver.)" - 3:58
  8. "Burning (Instrumental)" - 3:32
2nd "Phantom Theory"
  • Released: January 16, 2013
  • Length: 20:27
  • Language: Korean
  • Label: Brand New Music
  1. "Hide & Chic (Feat. Microdot)" - 3:25
  2. "Like Cho Yong Pil" - 3:43
  3. "Dutch Pay" - 3:19
  4. "The Things I Can Do (할 수 있는게)" - 3:33
  5. "Fingernail (손톱) (Feat. HJ)" - 3:50
  6. "I'll Talk Plainly (말 놓을게)" - 3:15
Year Information Tracks contributed Artist(s)
2012 Strictly Bizniz
  • Artist: Bizniz
  • Released: January 12, 2012
  • Language: Korean
7. "Tweet Tweet" Hanhae
10 Years of Misinterpretation
  • Artist: Verbal Jint
  • Released: June 21, 2012
  • Language: Korean
7. "You Deserve Better" Sanchez
I Am
  • Artist: Son Soo Kyung
  • Released: August 27, 2012
  • Language: Korean
6. "Espresso Girl" Phantom


Year Video Title Length Director
2011 "청소년이 들으면 안되는 사랑노래(19 Song)" 1:58 Moon Seung Jae
"Freddie 'PHANTOM' Mercury Singing The Boys (SNSD)" 1:16 Moon Seung Jae
"KR/NZ/JP Tripartite Conference (한.뉴.일3자회담)" 3:01 Moon Seung Jae
"얼굴 뚫어지겠다 (Hole In Your Face)" 3:58 Moon Seung Jae
2012 "Ice (아이스) by Phantom (팬텀) [Ver.Phantom]" 3:42 Cha Eun Taek
"MV for Burning (버닝) by PHANTOM (팬텀)" 3:31 Moon Seung Jae
2013 "MV for Like Cho Yong Pil(조용필처럼) by PHANTOM (팬텀)" 7:18 ????



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