Yang Hyun-suk

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Yang Hyun-suk
Birth name Yang Hyun-Suk
Also known as Yang Goon,
YG, Papa YG
Born (1969-12-02) December 2, 1969 (age 45)
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres Pop, hip hop
Occupation(s) Music executive, singer-songwriter, dancer
Years active 1990– present
Labels YG Entertainment
Associated acts Seo Taiji and Boys, YG Family
Website http://www.yanggoon.com
Korean name
Hangul 양현석
Revised Romanization Yang Hyeon-seok
McCune–Reischauer Yang Hyŏn-sŏk

Yang Hyun-suk (Hangul: 양현석; born December 2, 1969 in Seoul, South Korea) is a South Korean music mogul, musician, and record producer. He rose to fame as a member of Seo Taiji and Boys during the 1990's. After the group disbanded, he founded and became chief executive officer of YG Entertainment, one of the biggest record companies in South Korea.

1992–1996: Seo Taiji & Boys[edit]

Main article: Seo Taiji and Boys

Seo Taiji & Boys was formed in 1991 with Seo Taiji, Lee Juno and Yang Hyun-Seok. The group was influential on the Korean music scene, famous for their single, "Nan Arayo" (Hangul: "난 알아요", "I Know"). The group received criticism for various albums, most notably for the song, "Shidaeyugam" (Hangul: 시대유감, "Regret of the Times"), to which the fan out lash led to the abolishment of the Pre-censorship law in 1996. The group disbanded in 1996, with each member pursuing solo activities.

1998-present: YG Entertainment[edit]

Main article: YG Entertainment

In 1998, he established YG Entertainment and released his first solo album which featured a song composed by Seo Taiji. This was their first collaboration since the breakup. Yang Hyun-Suk has produced hugely successful artists under his entertainment, most notably Jinusean, 1TYM, Se7en, Big Bang, and 2NE1. Recently, Tablo, Epik High, and PSY joined the company. After 2012, the company took Lee Hi, Akdong Musician, WINNER, iKON and Bang Ye-dam under their label.

Personal life[edit]

In March 2010, Yang revealed that he has been dating former Swi.T member Lee Eun-ju, who is 12 years Yang's junior, for nine years.[1] Lee Eun-ju then gave birth to their first child on August 5, 2010 at 2:01 pm and is named Yang Yoo-Jin.[2] In April 2012, Yang Hyun Suk announced on SBS K-pop Star that the couple's second child, a baby boy, was born. His name is Yang Seung Hyun. [3]



  • Yang Hyun Suk (1998)


TV Series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Superstar K Himself Judge
2011 K-pop Star 1 Himself Judge for YG Entertainment
2012 K-pop Star 2 Himself Judge for YG Entertainment
2013 K-pop Star 3 Himself Judge for YG Entertainment
2013 WIN: WHO IS NEXT? Himself YGent CEO, Director
2014 MIX & MATCH Himself YGent CEO, Director


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