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Background information
Birth nameKwon Ki-bum
Born (1984-09-22) September 22, 1984 (age 36)
Seongbuk-dong, Seoul, South Korea
GenresR&B, Korean hip hop
Occupation(s)Singer, rapper
Years active2010–present
LabelsBrand New Music
Associated actsTroy, Verbal Jint, Dynamic Duo, Supreme Team

Kwon Ki-bum (Hangul: 권기범, born September 22, 1984), known as Bumkey (Hangul: 범키), is a South Korean R&B Singer under Brand New Music. He made his musical debut in 2010 as part of the hip hop duo 2winS and is currently a member of the Korean hip hop and R&B quartet Troy.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Kwon Ki-bum was born September 22, 1984 in Seoul. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1999, where he lived for five years before returning to Korea alone in 2004 to pursue a music career.[3][4]

Early in his career, he featured on songs by both underground and mainstream hip hop artists including Dynamic Duo, Brown Eyes, and Epik High, being credited as either Kwon Ki-bum or Bumkey. However, after undergoing vocal chord surgery to treat a chronic sore throat, he was left unable to speak. It was two years before he regained his singing ability.[1]

In 2010, Bumkey debuted as part of the duo 2winS (Korean: 투윈스) with TopBob, formerly of the hip hop group TBNY.[3] The duo promoted actively on Korean music shows with Supreme Team and on various radio programs throughout 2010. Bumkey also featured in songs by Paloalto, Dok2, SouLime, and Dynamic Duo.[5]

After signing with Brand New Music, Bumkey made his solo debut with the single "Bad Girl," in April 2013. The song was produced by Primary and featured E-Sens of Supreme Team.[6] Bumkey released his second single, "Attraction," in August with a music video starring Crayon Pop's Ellin.[7] The song was a success, ranking fifth on the Instiz iChart, a collation of all real-time Korean music charts, for the third week of August and topping the Gaon Digital Singles Chart.[8][9] Bumkey performed in Crayon Pop's PopCon concert in Seoul on October 30.[10]

In 2014, Brand New Music introduced its new hip hop group Troy, with Bumkey as group leader.[2] Bumkey was part of a world tour in May (as part of the Asian Music Festival) with Verbal Jint, Beenzino, Sanchez, and Troy bandmate Kanto, performing in New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Sydney, Australia.[11] He married former Planet Shiver member Kang Da-hye in June.[12]

In October 2014, Bumkey was arrested and charged with selling and taking illegal substances, specifically ecstasy and Philopon, a type of methamphetamine. Bumkey denied the allegations.[13][14] In April 2015, the court found him to be not guilty.[15]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
U-Turn 37


Title Year Peak chart
Sales (DL) Album
"Bad Girl" (미친연애)
feat. E Sens
2013 2 Non-album singles
"Attraction" (갖고놀래)
feat. Dynamic Duo
"Home" (집이 돼줄게) 2014 5
"My Everything" (느껴) 2015 6 U-Turn
"Better Man"
feat. Tablo
2016 30
"Surprise" (서프라이즈)
feat. Beenzino
"First Moment" (널 마주한 순간) 2017 91 Non-album single
"Breathing All Day" (숨쉬는 모든 날) Suspicious Partner OST
"Hmm" (흠)
feat. Hanhae
Non-album single


Title Year Peak chart
Sales (DL) Album
"Love Song"
with Rhythmking
2012 N/A Non-album singles
"Only For You" (너에게만)
with Verbal Jint
2013 4
"Don't Be Happy" (행복하지마)
with Mamamoo
2014 20
"How Much Is Your Love" (얼마짜리 사랑)
with Wheesung feat. Jessi
"Son E Ga" (손이 가)
with Chancellor
"Love Line"
with Hyolyn, Jooyoung
"Come Back to Me"
with D Gerrard
2019 N/A
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Year Recipient Category Award Result
2013 Bumkey R&B Artist of the Year HIPHOPPLAYA Awards[32] Won
Best New Male Artist 15th Mnet Asian Music Awards[33] Nominated


  1. ^ a b "2wins (투윈스)". KBS World Radio. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Bumkey signals the debut of TROY with new trailer". AllKpop. February 27, 2014. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "[인터뷰]범키 "'미친연애'로 10년 무명 설움 청산하고 '눈물범벅'" : 스포츠동아". The Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). July 26, 2013. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  4. ^ "San E and Bumkey To Have a Concert in Los Angeles". Soompi. August 13, 2014. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  5. ^ "준비 된 신인, 톱밥 + 범키 '투윈스 (2WINS)' 인터뷰". HiphopPlaya Magazine (in Korean). July 21, 2010. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  6. ^ "Bumkey Releases Music Video for 'Bad Girl'". Officially Kmusic. June 5, 2013. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  7. ^ "Bumkey recruits the help of Crayon Pop's Ellin for his upcoming music video". Allkpop. August 9, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  8. ^ "Instiz releases chart rankings for the third week of August 2013". Allkpop. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  9. ^ "Gaon Singles Chart August 18–24 2013". Gaon Chart. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  10. ^ "Crayon Pop to hold a free concert featuring special guests MYNAME, 100%, & more". Allkpop. October 24, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  11. ^ "Bumkey, Verbal Jint, Beenzino, and more to attend the 'Asian Music Festival' in the U.S." Allkpop. April 23, 2014. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  12. ^ "Bumkey Marries Girlfriend DJ Kang Da Hye Today". Soompi. June 12, 2014. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  13. ^ "Korean Rapper Bumkey Appears in Court For Involvement in Alleged Drug Scandal". KpopStarz. December 11, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
  14. ^ "Singer Bumkey arrested and charged with drug distribution". The Korea Times. December 11, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
  15. ^ "Bumkey Ruled Not Guilty on Drug Dealing and Administering Charges". Soompi. April 19, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  16. ^ "Gaon Album Chart". Gaon Music Chart.
  17. ^ "2016년 02월 Album Chart".
  18. ^ a b "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart.
  19. ^ a b "2013년 Download Chart".
  20. ^ Cumulative sales of "Home":
  21. ^ Cumulative sales of "My Everything":
  22. ^ "2016년 01월 Download Chart".
  23. ^ "2016년 01월 Download Chart".
  24. ^ "2017년 17주차 Download Chart".
  25. ^ "2017년 23주차 Download Chart".
  26. ^ "2017년 39주차 Download Chart".
  27. ^ Cumulative sales of "Only For You":
  28. ^ Cumulative sales of "Don't Be Happy":
  29. ^ "2014년 08월 Download Chart".
  30. ^ "2015년 38주차 Download Chart".
  31. ^ Cumulative sales of "Love Line":
  32. ^ "Hiphopplaya 2013". Hiphopplaya. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  33. ^ "2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards (part 1)". Mwave. MAMA. Retrieved January 26, 2015.