Bobby (rapper)

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Kim Ji-won

(1995-12-21) December 21, 1995 (age 24)
Seoul, South Korea
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • producer
Musical career
Years active2013–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Ji-won
McCune–ReischauerKim Chiwŏn

Kim Ji-won (Korean김지원; born December 21, 1995), known by his stage name Bobby (Korean바비) is a South Korean rapper, singer-songwriter and member of boy band iKon under YG Entertainment. In 2016, he formed a sub-unit with Mino under the name MOBB. He is best known for finishing in first place on Mnet's Show Me The Money 3.[1]


Early life[edit]

Kim Ji-won was born on December 21, 1995 in Seoul, South Korea. In 2005, his family moved to Fairfax, Virginia, United States.[2] There he auditioned for YG Entertainment and later passed through Kim Jinwoo of Jinusean in New York. He was officially recruited as a trainee under the label on January 10, 2011.[3][4]

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

After over two years of training, Bobby participated in the 2013 survival program Win: Who Is Next? under Team B. The show resulted with the victory of Team A, thus going back to training under the label. Soon after in November 2013, while still trainees Bobby alongside B.I and Jinhwan, Winner's Mino and Taehyun, and Blackpink's Lisa appeared on label-mate Big Bang's Taeyang's music video for Ringa Linga.[citation needed]

In May 2014, together with B.I he competed on Mnet's Show Me The Money 3, soon finishing in first place under Team Illionaire mentored by Dok2 and The Quiett.[1][5] Throughout the show, Bobby released singles: "Go", "L4L (Lookin' for Luv)", "YGGR#HipHop", and "Guard Up and Bounce". Following the shows end, Bobby participated in Mix & Match, where filming began in midst of appearance of Show Me The Money. The show resulted with the debut of Team B alongside trainee Jung Chan-woo under the name iKon.[6][7]

In October 2014, he featured in Epik High's single "Born Hater" alongside Beenzino, Verbal Jint, B.I, and Mino,[8] and in November 11, he featured in "I'm Different" by Hi Suhyun, a project unit composed of Lee Hi and Lee Su-hyun of Akdong Musician.[9] In the same month, he also featured with Dok2 in Masta Wu's track "Come Here".[10] He performed "Born Hater" with Epik High at the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards, also performing "Come Here" and his single "YGGR" together with Dok2, The Quiett and Masta Wu.[11] He was featured on GQ Korea's 2014 Men of the Year list and on December 4, 2014 he appeared as a guest at GQ Party.[12][unreliable source?]

Bobby on the red carpet of the 2016 Gaon Chart Music Awards

2015–present: iKon, MOBB and Love and Fall[edit]

On September 15, 2015 iKon released a warm-up single "My Type", followed lead singles "Rhythm Ta" and "Airplane".[13] On October 4, the group attended their first music show at SBS' Inkigayo, also simultaneously receiving their third win for single "My Type".[14] The group released their debut album on December 24, 2015.

In March 2016, Bobby featured on Lee Hi's single "Video" from studio album Seoulite.[citation needed] Bobby also made an appearance on the 9th episode of Show Me the Money 5, featuring in Reddy's song "Like This" and together they performed it on the stage.[citation needed] In September 2016, Bobby released the single "Holup!" (Korean: 꽐라) as part of a four-track EP, The MOBB, a collaboration between Bobby and Winner's Mino under the name MOBB.[15][16] They released the lead singles "Full House" (Korean: 붐벼) and "Hit Me" (Korean: 빨리 전화해) on September 9 with the music videos.[17][non-primary source needed]

In March 2017, Bobby and B.I made a featuring in Psy's single "Bomb" from studio album 4x2=8.[citation needed] Bobby released his first studio album Love and Fall on September 14, 2017 where he took on the role of producer for the album, thus participating in writing and composing for all singles in the album.[18][19] His bandmate Donghyuk together with Katie Kim, featured in his song Secret, and label-mate Winner's Mino featured in his song entitled Up. On November 29, he released the Japanese version of the album.[citation needed]



Year Channel Title Role Ref
2013 Mnet Win: Who Is Next Contestant
2014 Show Me the Money 3
Mix & Match [6]
2017 MBC King of Mask Singer [20]
Living Together in Empty Room Cast Member [21]

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ a b Jee Won, Jeong. "Bobby Wins ′SMTM3′ and Promises Not to Become Lazy". Mnet. eNewsWorld. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Q&A Part1.Jiun & JeeYoung". Youtube. Mentioned at 1:41 of the video. October 12, 2018.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ "Icon Bobby Casting Behind Story". Han-river Times (in Korean). 2015-11-16. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  4. ^ "Bobby, "my parents came to Korea."". choson newspaper (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  5. ^ Kalka, Emma. "YG trainee rapper Bobby wins 'Show Me the Money'". The Korean Herald. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  6. ^ a b Jackson, Julie (3 September 2014). "YG to mix and match to create boy band iKON". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  7. ^ Lee, Yousun (7 November 2014). "Kim Dong-hyuk is the final member of iKON". The Asiatoday. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Epik High Explores Dark, Personal Struggles & Tells Off Haters on 'Shoebox' Album". Billboard. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  9. ^ Benjamin, Jeff. "Lee Hi & Akdong Musician's Suhyun Say 'I'm Different' on Brassy Collaboration". Billboard. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  10. ^ "마스타 우, 바비와 'YG 힙합프로젝트2' 참여… 나머지 한 명은? Masta Wu , Bobby and 'YG Hip Hop Project 2 "participation ... the rest one of them ?". Naver News. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  11. ^ Kramer, Kyle. "Have You Guys Seen the Korean Migos?". Noisey Music By Vice. Vice Magazine. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  12. ^ "iKON's Bobby poses for the "GQ Korea" Men of the Year issue". Koreaboo. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  13. ^ "아이콘, 더블 타이틀곡 뮤비 이틀 만에 '260만뷰 돌파'". SBS FunE. 2 October 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  14. ^ "'인기가요' 아이콘, '취향저격'으로 9월 마지막 주 1위 수상". TenAsia. 4 October 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  15. ^ "VIDEO: iKON's Bobby's solo debut MV 'HOLUP!' is here". SBS PopAsia. Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  16. ^ Seon, Mi-kyeong (2016-09-06). "송민호X바비 MOBB, 유닛곡은 '빨리 전화해'..더블 타이틀 활동". Osen (in Korean). Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  17. ^ "MINO & BOBBY's MOBB to Release New Songs and Do a V App Show Today". YG Life. Retrieved 2016-09-09.
  18. ^ "Ikon's Bobby reveals teaser photos for lead track of first solo album". Kpop Herald. Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  19. ^ "iKONのBOBBY、ソロ新曲「RUNAWAY」予告ポスター2種を公開…優秀&苦悩が調和したイメージに"視線集中"". Kstyle (in Japanese). September 7, 2017.
  20. ^ Ji Min-kyung (June 25, 2017). "장재인·바비·홍록기·서민정, '복면가왕' 찾은 반가운 얼굴들 [종합]". OSEN (in Korean). Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  21. ^ Park Seul-gi (July 6, 2017). "'발칙한 동거' 아이콘 바비X진환, 홍진영 집 입성 '흥폭발'". TenAsia (in Korean). Retrieved July 7, 2017.

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