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Background information
Native name 박성만 (Park Seong-man)
Birth name Jonathan Park
Also known as
  • Dumbfoundead
  • DFD
  • Dumb
  • Parker
Born (1986-02-18) February 18, 1986 (age 31)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
  • Rapper
  • actor
Years active 2005–present
Labels Knocksteady
Associated acts
Website dumbfoundead.com

Jonathan Park (Hangul박성만; RRPark Seong-man; born February 18, 1986), known professionally as Dumbfoundead, is an American rapper of Korean descent. He originates from the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

Early life[edit]

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina[1] to South Korean immigrants, Jonathan Park (Korean name: 박성만 Park Seong-man) was smuggled in along with his sister by his mother to Mexico, and then later settled in Koreatown in Los Angeles at the age of three. He was often seen as a class clown by his peers at an early age, and was exposed to hip-hop at age ten upon entering a community center in MacArthur Park and meeting emcees such as Mark Luv of Zulu Nation, Poppin' Chuck, Cre8 RTN, and Ezrock.[2] This first experience with hip-hop allowed him to develop the technique of freestyling and to educate himself on hip-hop's history and roots. A year later, he was taken to Project Blowed, an open-mic workshop for artists, poets, musicians, dancers, and rappers located in Leimert Park in South Central Los Angeles, by a high school friend. There he would continue to perfect his abilities as a rapper and get the attention of many "Blowdians" such as Otherwize, Riddlore, Nocando, P.E.A.C.E. He soon would earn the title of "Blowdian" himself.[2]

Park dropped out of John Marshall High School in his sophomore year, as a result of frequent truancy. After dropping out, Park moved into a one-bedroom apartment in the MacArthur Park area with his sister. Prior to initiating a full-time professional music career, he worked as a bail bondsman, among many other odd jobs.[3]


Park began growing a large web fan base, after video clips of his rap battles were posted to YouTube. In 2015, Park returned to rap battling to participate in Drake and OVO's event King of the Dot Blackout 5, and was complimented by Drake himself, who expressed his excitement in his return.[4] Park competed against Wild 'n Out cast member Conceited, and the battle is currently the most popular English rap battle of 2015.[5] In August 2015, Park has battled fellow battler Dizaster on Day One of KOTD's World Domination 5.

His first solo album, DFD, was released on November 1, 2011.[6] His second album, Take the Stares, was released on October 16, 2012.[7] In 2013, Park released his third album Old Boy Jon, and a single by the same, all produced by Duke Westlake.

Dumbfoundead has collaborated with other music artists, including Epik High, Traphik, Wax, Jay Park, Kahi, and Anderson Paak.[8] In 2015, he was featured on josh pan's remix of Keith Ape's song It G Ma, alongside popular rappers Waka Flocka Flame, ASAP Ferg, and Father.[9]

He has been featured on NBC for his viral video Jam Session 2.0, consisting of 8 different musicians from around the world sharing the spotlight individually via split screen but collaborating on one cohesive track.[10] He has also been on Los Angeles Times,[11] Last Call with Carson Daly,[12] MTV Hive,[13] and Mnet.[14]

Park played a supporting role in Joseph Kahn's horror film Detention.[15]

In 2016, he released the music video "Safe," [16] which gained widespread attention for superimposing Park's likeness onto the faces of white actors in famous movie scenes. The objective of this was to call attention to the fact that there were no Asian or Asian-American actors at the Oscars, and that "the only yellow men were all statues."[17] Furthermore, the music video was another call to "the obvious underrepresentation of people of color in Hollywood."[18]

Dumbfoundead is currently on his "We Might Die" tour to promote his new album of the same name, and has sold out the tickets for his stops in Vancouver, Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Seattle.[19]

Style and influences[edit]

He is known for his affiliation with Los Angeles-based hip hop collective Project Blowed, he has participated in the West Coast division of rap battle league Grind Time, and in Jumpoff's 2007 World Rap Championships; both of which have given rise to his status as a strong web presence. He has also done a stint as the opening act for South Korean hip hop group Epik High's Map the Soul tour,[20] and is also a member of the hip hop trio Thirsty Fish and Los Angeles battle crew Swim Team.[21]

According to Beatroute, Dumbfoundead's philosophy on music, rap battles, and life in general can be summed up in the quote, "too often we fool ourselves into caring about [something] we shouldn’t, and into battling everyone and everything when the battle is inside of us—when all we want to do is just eat some [food] and make some music."[22]


Solo albums
  • DFD (2011) [23]
  • Love Everyday (2012)
  • Take the Stares (2012)
  • Old Boy Jon (2013)
  • We Might Die (2016)
Thirsty Fish albums
Swim Team albums
  • Oceans Eleven (2008)
Other album collaborations
  • Super Barrio Brothers (2005) (with 8-Bit Bandit)
  • Fun with Dumb (2009) (with DJ Zo)
  • Clockwise (2010) (with Wax)
  • Cut + Paste (2010) (with DJ Zo)
Guest appearances
  • Kenny Segal - "Pot Luck" from Ken Can Cook (2008)
  • Abstract Rude - "Thynk Eye Can (Blowedian Next Generation Mix)" from Rejuvenation (2009)
  • Elum - "Lounging" from The Life of Joe Caluya (2009)
  • Kero One - "Asian Kids" from Kinetic World (2010)
  • DJ Zo - "Vacation Song" (2010)
  • Rakaa - "Ambassador Slang" from Crown of Thorns (2010)
  • Wax - "Guess Who" and "Shoo Ba Doop"(2011)
  • Rekstizzy - "No Apologies" (2011)
  • Jennifer Chung - "This is It" (2011)
  • Victor King - "Free Your Mind" (2011)
  • Descry - "Celebrate" from As Serenity Approaches (2012)
  • Toestah - "House Party" (2012)
  • Jay Park - "You Know How We Do" from Fresh Air: Breathe It (2012)
  • Breezy Lovejoy - "Ms. Parker" from Lovejoy (2012)
  • Kero One - "In Time" and "Count on That" from Color Theory (2012)
  • Bambu - "Golden Era Shower" from ...One Rifle per Family (2012)
  • Traphik - "What Do I Have to Do" (2012)
  • Kahi - "It's ME" from Who Are You? (2013)
  • Epik High - "420" (2013)
  • Avatar - "Blood Suckers" from This Machine Has Gone Wrong... (2013)
  • Jose Rios - "Angeles" from To Live & Grow in LA (2013)
  • Mike B. - "Untouchable" (2013)
  • Jeff Bernat - "Workflow" (2014)
  • Mike B. - "KTOWN" (2014)
  • Michael Nhat - "Army of the Dead" from Songs with Friends (2014)
  • Azure - "Friendly Fire" (2014)
  • IAMSU! - "I'm Gone" (2015)


  1. ^ Tewksbury, Drew (22 June 2012). "MURS, Dumbfoundead, & Medusa Discuss Freestyling Mecca Project Blowed and Why Hip Hop Lacks Female MC's". KCET. 
  2. ^ a b "Dumbfoundead interview with Urban Decadence". A-tunes.net. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Weiss, Jeff (18 November 2011). "Dumbfoundead On Dropping Out Of High School, Working As A Bail Bondsman, And The Advantages Of Being An Asian Rapper". LA Weekly. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  4. ^ https://www.facebook.com/dumbfoundead/videos/vb.81232640045/10155237030570046/?type=2&theater
  5. ^ https://twitter.com/OrganikHipHop/status/625377108597059584?lang=en
  6. ^ Son, Linda (9 November 2011). "Dumbfoundead Gets Personal and Professional with 'DFD'". KoreAm. 
  7. ^ Lam, Charles (26 October 2012). "Dumbfoundead can't 'Take the Stares'". Northwest Asian Weekly. 
  8. ^ "Dumbfoundead & Epic High interview with". Popseoul.com. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  9. ^ http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/keith-ape-it-g-ma-remix-feat-asap-ferg-father-dumbfoundead-and-waka-flocka-new-song.1965613.html
  10. ^ "MusicRaw: Dumbfoundead". KNBC. 
  11. ^ Weiss, Jeff (8 July 2011). "The arrival of Dumbfoundead: Koreatown rapper's 'Are We There Yet?'". Los Angeles Times. 
  12. ^ "Last Call with Carson Daly". NBC. 17 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "Dumbfoundead: A Rap Battle Vet Grows Up". MTV. 11 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "Dumbfoundead". Mnet. 
  15. ^ Kang, Y. Peter (16 June 2011). "Sony Buys Rights To Joseph Kahn's Indie Horror Film". KoreAm. 
  16. ^ DUMBFOUNDEAD (2016-05-26), Dumbfoundead - SAFE, retrieved 2017-02-15 
  17. ^ Thomas, Dexter. "Dumbfoundead breaks down the lyrics in his anti-whitewashing anthem 'Safe'". latimes.com. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  18. ^ "Don't Mistake Dumbfoundead For Safe". The FADER. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  19. ^ "Dumbfoundead Sells Out Two More Stops ⋆ latest kpop news and music | Officially Kmusic". officiallykmusic.com. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  20. ^ Eunicec (9 June 2009). "Funnin' with Dumbfoundead". Allkpop. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  21. ^ "MP3: Swim Team Members Open Mike Eagle, Dumbfoundead, Sahtyre, and Alpha MC". URB. 6 May 2009. 
  22. ^ "Koreatown's Dumbfoundead is ready to fight his own battles". BeatRoute Magazine. 2017-01-16. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  23. ^ "Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 

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