B.I (rapper)

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Kim Han-bin

(1996-10-22) October 22, 1996 (age 24)
Musical career
Years active
  • 2009
  • 2013–present
  • YG
  • 131 Label
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Han-bin
McCune–ReischauerKim Hanpin

Kim Han-bin (Korean김한빈; born October 22, 1996), known by his stage name B.I (Korean비아이) is a South Korean rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer and former leader of boy group iKon under YG Entertainment. He made appearances on Mnet WIN: Who Is Next in 2013 as well as Mix & Match and Show Me The Money in 2014. In 2015, he debuted as the leader of iKon.[1][2]


Early life[edit]

Kim Han-bin was born on October 22, 1996 in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. In 2009, B.I made his first appearance by featuring as well as participated in promotions for MC Mong's single "Indian Boy", where he also appeared in the music video, followed a cameo appearance in MC Mong's music video, "Horror Show". Soon after B.I joined YG Entertainment as a trainee in January 2011.[3]

2013–2014: Win: Who Is Next and Show Me the Money 3[edit]

After over two years of training, B.I took part on the Mnet reality survival program WIN: Who Is Next as a contestant under Team B. The show resulted in the victory of Team A, thus going back to training under the label. On May 14, 2014 it was revealed B.I as well as Bobby would compete in Mnet's Show Me the Money 3.[4] Along the show, B.I released digital single "Be.I", soon becoming the first single from the show to top the charts.

In September 2014, it was announced Team B will be returning to compete on survival program Mix & Match, where filming began in midst of B.I's appearance on Show Me The Money. The show resulted in the debut of Team B alongside trainee Jung Chan-woo under the name iKon. In October 2014, B.I featured in label-mate Epik High's lead single Born Hater alongside Beenzino, Verbal Jint, Bobby, and Winner's Mino, the track was performed together on 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards.[5][6]

B.I on the red carpet of the 2019 Golden Disc Awards

2015–2019: Career with iKon and solo endeavors[edit]

On September 15, 2015, iKon released the warm-up single "My Type", following lead singles "Rhythm Ta" and "Airplane".[7] In December 2015, B.I and fellow member Jinhwan joined the cast of JTBC's Mari and I.[8] In June 2017, B.I along with member Bobby made a featuring in label-mate Psy's studio album 4X2=8 on track "Bomb".[9] In December 2018, B.I received the Songwriter of the Year award at the 10th Melon Music Awards through iKon's lead single "Love Scenario" from their studio album Return.[10] B.I was cast for JTBC2's variety show Grand Buda-guest in 2019.[11] He was featured on label-mate Lee Hi's single "No One" and co-produced the track "1, 2" from her EP 24°C.[12][13]

2020–present: Solo activities[edit]

On September 28, 2020, B.I was appointed as the executive director of the agency IOK Company.[14] On March 19, 2021, B.I released his first single album, Midnight Blue (Love Streaming), under 131 Label, a subsidiary of IOK Company.[15] All proceeds from the sound sources, recordings, and copyright of this album will be donated to support children in crisis across the globe through World Vision.[16]


Drug allegations and departure from iKon[edit]

On June 9, 2019 it was revealed that he had allegedly attempted to purchase marijuana and LSD from an undisclosed female dealer. He was also accused of evading police charges. The messages allegedly detailed a conversation between B.I and the dealer, in which the singer asked for a bulk discount and the dealer warned him about the effects of taking drugs.[17] B.I acknowledged the validity of the messages, explaining that he was going "through a hard and painful time" and wanted something to rely on, but denied taking any drugs.[18][19] His appearances on television series Law of the Jungle, Grand Buda-Guest, and Stage K were edited out by the networks prior to their broadcast.[20][21][22] The drug dealer allegedly delivered drugs to B.I and took drugs together, but was persuaded by the head of his agency Yang Hyun-suk to cover the fact from the police investigation.[23] Following the allegation, Yang resigned from all his positions in the company.[24][25] The dealer was revealed to be Han Seo-hee, a former female idol trainee, who was involved in drug issues with T.O.P and has received four years of probation in 2017.[26][27] In February 2020, results of a drug test conducted on B.I was released and delivered a negative result. This was after South Korea's Gyeonggi Southern Provincial Police Agency sent a sample of Kim's body hair to the country's National Forensic Service for examination and no illegal drugs were detected.[28], following this B.I announced his departure as a result due to legal issues and by this he terminated his exclusive contract from YG.


As the leader of iKon, B.I was credited with a role in the production and songwriting of all releases under the group, such as their debut full-length studio album, Welcome Back, as well as their singles "#WYD", New Kids: Begin, their second full-length studio album, Return, New Kids: Continue, and New Kids: The Final. B.I also has songwriting credits for Epik High's Born Hater, Winner's Empty, Blackpink's Whistle, and several songs on PSY's album 4X2=8.[29]


Single albums[edit]

List of single albums, with selected details, chart positions and sales
Title Album details Peak positions Sales
Midnight Blue (Love Streaming)
Track listing
  1. Midnight Blue (깊은 밤의 위로)
  2. Remember Me
  3. Blossom (내 걱정)


List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released, sales and album name
Title Year Peak position Sales Album

"Midnight Blue" (깊은 밤의 위로) 2021 [A] 14 N/A Midnight Blue (Love Streaming)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other releases[edit]

List of other releases, with selected chart positions, showing year released, sales and album name
Title Year Peak positions Sales Album
As lead artist
"Be I" 2014 5 Show Me The Money 3
"One and Only"[a] (돗대) 2018 N/A Return
As featured artist
"Indian Boy"
(MC Mong featuring Duble Sidekick and B.I)
2009 N/A Humanimal
"Born Hater"
(Epik High featuring Beenzino, Verbal Jint, B.I, Mino, and Bobby)
2014 3 Shoebox
(Psy featuring B.I and Bobby)
2017 14 4X2=8
"Mollado" (몰라도)
(Seungri featuring B.I)
2018 N/A The Great Seungri
"No One" (누구 없소)
(Lee Hi featuring B.I)
2019 2 24°C
"Acceptance Speech" (수상소감)
(Epik High featuring B.I)
2021 99 Epik High Is Here 上
"Anthem"[a] (이리오너라)
(with Bobby)
2015 6 Welcome Back
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other charted songs[edit]

List of other charted songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released, sales and album name
Title Year Peak position Sales Album

"Blossom" (내 걱정) 2021 [B] 17 N/A Midnight Blue (Love Streaming)
"Remember Me" 18
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.



Year Channel Title Notes Ref
2013 Mnet WIN: Who Is Next Contestant [4]
2014 Show Me the Money 3 [4]
Mix & Match
2015 JTBC Mari and I Cast Member [8]
2019 SBS Law of the Jungle
JTBC2 Grand Buda-guest [11]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Ref
2018 10th Melon Music Awards Songwriter of the Year Won [10]


  1. ^ a b Credited under iKon.
  1. ^ "Midnight Blue" did not enter the Gaon Digital Chart, but appeared at number 70 on the component Download chart.[34]
  2. ^ "Blossom" did not enter the Gaon Digital Chart, but appeared at number 199 on the component Download chart.[34]


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  30. ^ "Gaon Album Chart".
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  32. ^ a b c "Gaon Digital Chart".
  33. ^ Peak positions on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales Chart (Singles as lead artist):
  34. ^ a b 2021년 12주차 Download Chart [Week 12 of 2021 Download Chart]. Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). March 14–20, 2021. Retrieved March 25, 2021.
  35. ^ Cumulative sales of "Be I":
  36. ^ Cumulative sales of "Born Hater":
  37. ^ "Bomb" sales:
  38. ^ "Anthem" sales:
  39. ^ Peak positions on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales Chart (Singles as lead artist):

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