B.I (rapper)

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Native name
Kim Han-bin

(1996-10-22) October 22, 1996 (age 23)
South Korea
Other namesB.I
  • Rapper
  • singer-songwriter
  • record producer
Musical career
Years active2009, 2013–present
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 2016 Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards

2015–2019: Debut with iKon, solo appearances and departure[edit]

On September 15, 2015 iKon released the warm-up single "My Type", following lead singles "Rhythm Ta" and "Airplane".[7] The group's first music show appearance was on SBS' Inkigayo on October 4, 2015, thus simultaneously receiving their third win for single "My Type".[8] In December 2015, B.I and fellow member Jinhwan joined the cast of JTBC's Mari and I.[9] In June 2017, B.I along with member Bobby made a featuring in label-mate Psy's studio album 4X2=8 on track "Bomb".

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] On May 7, 2019 it was revealed B.I would join the cast for JTBC2's Grand Buda-guest.[11] B.I featured on label-mate Lee Hi's lead single "No One (누구없소)", as well as participated in producing single "1,2 (한두번)" from her EP titled 24°C, which were released on May 30, 2019.[12][13]

On June 12, 2019, B.I announced his departure from the group on his personal Instagram account after news agency Dispatch unearthed KakaoTalk messages from three years prior, outlining his attempt to purchase marijuana and lysergic acid diethylamide (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.[14] He posted a letter on his personal Instagram account revealing that the messages were true and explained that he was going "through a hard and painful time" and wanted something to rely on. However, he has denied taking any drugs. The same day, iKon's agency, YG Entertainment, terminated B.I's contract.[15][16] His appearances on television series Law of the Jungle, Grand Buda-Guest, and Stage K were set to be broadcast, but the networks edited him out of the programs.[17][18][19]

On June 14, 2019, it was revealed that the drug dealer allegedly delivered drugs to B.I and took drugs together, but was persuaded by the head of YG Entertainment, Yang Hyun-suk, to cover the fact from the police investigation.[20] Following the allegation, Yang resigned from all his positions in the company.[21][22] 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.[23][24]


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, and their second full-length studio album, Return.[25]


As a lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Sales Album
"BE I" 2014 5 Show Me The Money 3
"이리오너라 (Anthem)" (with Bobby) 2015 6 Welcome Back

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak Sales Album
"Indian Boy" (MC Mong featuring Duble Sidekick & B.I) 2009 N/A Humanimal
"Born Hater" (Epik High ft. Beenzino, Verbal Jint, B.I, Mino, Bobby) 2014 3 Shoebox
"Bomb" (Psy featuring B.I and Bobby) 2017 14 4X2=8
"Mollado" (Seungri featuring B.I) 2018 - N/A The Great Seungri
"No One" (누구 없소) (Lee Hi featuring B.I) 2019 2 N/A 24℃



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 [9]
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. ^ "B.I profile on Naver". Naver (in Korean). Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  2. ^ Yim, Hyun-su (June 12, 2019). "B.I quits iKON over attempted drug purchase". The Korea Herald. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  3. ^ "MC몽 발굴한 꼬마래퍼 비아이(B.I) 누구?". Newsen. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "[단독]'WIN B팀' 비아이·바비, '쇼미더머니3' 참가 확정..기대↑". Star News. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  5. ^ "에픽하이, '본 헤이터' 뮤직비디오 깜짝 공개…대세 래퍼들의 솔직한 항변". Newsen. 18 October 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  6. ^ "에픽하이-유인나-바비-송민호-비아이, '2014 MAMA' 합동 무대 선사 'YG 파티'". Topstar News. 3 December 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  7. ^ "아이콘, 더블 타이틀곡 뮤비 이틀 만에 '260만뷰 돌파'". SBS FunE. 2 October 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  8. ^ "'인기가요' 아이콘, '취향저격'으로 9월 마지막 주 1위 수상". TenAsia. 4 October 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  9. ^ a b "[단독] 아이콘 비아이·김진환, JTBC 새예능 전격출연 '첫 예능'". Osen. 27 November 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  10. ^ a b "'2018 멜론뮤직어워드' 아이콘 비아이, 송 라이터상 수상 "올해 송라이터 비아이입니다"". Star Daily News. 1 December 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  11. ^ a b "안정환·토니안·B.I·유재환·레나, '그랜드부다개스트' 출연 [공식]". My Daily (in Korean). May 7, 2019. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  12. ^ "이하이 '누구 없소'로 3년만 컴백, 아이콘 비아이 지원사격". Newsen. 24 May 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  13. ^ "이하이 새 앨범 트랙리스트 공개, 비아이→지소울 지원사격". Newsen. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  14. ^ ""[단독] "너랑은 같이 해봤으니까"…'아이콘' 비아이, 마약 의혹 카톡 입수"". dispatch.co.kr (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  15. ^ "'마약 의혹' 비아이 "물의 일으켜 죄송..팀에서 탈퇴할 것"(전문)". entertain.naver.com (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  16. ^ "[공식입장]YG 측 "비아이, 아이콘 탈퇴·계약 해지 결정…심려끼져 죄송"(전문)". entertain.naver.com (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  17. ^ Cheon, Yun-hye (June 12, 2019). [단독]'정글의 법칙', 비아이 분량 최종 편집 결정 "최대한 신중하게 편집할 것". Herald Pop (in Korean). Herald Corporation. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  18. ^ '그랜드 부다개스트'·'정글의 법칙' 측 "'비아이 방송분 편집"(공식입장). MK Sports (in Korean). June 12, 2019. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  19. ^ Jang, Jin-ri (June 12, 2019). [단독]'아이콘 탈퇴' 비아이, '스테이지K'도 흔적지우기…왕중왕전 통편집. SpoTV News (in Korean). Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  20. ^ Im, Eun-byel (June 16, 2019). "Ex-YG head Yang may face police probe over snowballing drug and cover-up scandal". The Korea Herald. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  21. ^ Kim, Arin (June 14, 2019). "Yang quits as YG chief amid growing suspicions of drug offense cover-up". The Korea Herald. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  22. ^ Herman, Tamar (June 14, 2019). "YG Entertainment Founder Yang Hyun-Suk Leaves K-Pop Company Amid Turmoil". Billboard. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  23. ^ Nava, Colt (June 14, 2019). "Yang Hyun Suk Allegedly Threatens Han Seo Hee Over B.I's Drug Case". Business Times. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  24. ^ "YG denies Han Seo Hee being a trainee of the company". V Live. June 17, 2019. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  25. ^ "iKON – Welcome Back : Season Schedule". YG Life. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  26. ^ Cumulative sales of "Be I":
  27. ^ "Gaon Download Chart - November 2015". gaonchart.co.kr. Retrieved 2015-12-24.
  28. ^ Gaon Weekly Chart:
  29. ^ Cumulative sales of "Born Hater":
  30. ^ Bomb sales:

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