Kino (entertainer)

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Kino in 2017
Native name
Kang Hyung-gu

(1998-01-27) January 27, 1998 (age 21)
Seongnam, South Korea
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
  • composer
  • dancer
Musical career
Years active2016–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGang hyeong-gu
McCune–ReischauerKang hyŏng-ku
Stage name
Revised RomanizationKi-no

Kang Hyung-gu (born (1998-01-27)January 27, 1998), better known as Kino (Hangul: 키노), is a South Korean singer, songwriter, rapper, composer and dancer. He is best known as the member of the boy group Pentagon, which debuted in 2016 under Cube Entertainment and project group M.O.L.A.[2][1] He releases solo music over soundcloud under the name Knnovation.[3]


At his group debut showcase, he explained the meaning behind 'Kino'. He said, “My real name is Kang Hyung-gu. I wanted to find a name that could show myself as a singer and in the team in the future, so Kino became it. 키노 is Kino, 'INO' is an acronym for innovation. K is from my original family name, Kang's K, Korea 'K'”.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Kino was born in Seongnam, South Korea, on January 27, 1998. He has a younger sister.[5] He lived in the Philippines for 3 months when he was a kid. He can speak Korean, Japanese, and English. He graduated from Hanlim School of Performing Arts in 2017 and got admitted into Sejong University as a practical dance major through non-scheduled admission.[6] He is named as the dance master in the group.[7] He’s friends with Park Ji-min of 15&, Yugyeom of GOT7, Woodz of UNIQ, Vernon of Seventeen and Nathan. Together they form a project group M.O.L.A.[1] Kino was a former Power Vocal and JYP Entertainment trainee before joining his current agency, Cube Entertainment.[8] He also regularly uploads demos for other self produced tracks on his soundcloud, "Knnovation".


Predebut: Pentagon Maker[edit]

Before his K-pop debut, he was a member of a dance team called Urban Boyz.[9] He appeared in G.NA’s ‘Secret’ MV and promotional activities. [10] He also appeared in Rain’s "Rain Effect".

In 2016, he competed in the reality program Pentagon Maker.[11][12]

2016—present: Debut with Pentagon[edit]

With the released of "Young", Cube entertainment confirm Kino to debut with Pentagon.[13] He helped in creating the choreography for their debut track, Gorilla.[14] Kino makes a cameo in the drama Hello, My Twenties! 2 with his bandmates as a member of Asgard.[15] He also helped choreograph for Like This.[16][17] During Pentagon's second self produced album Demo_02, Kino help choreograph "Runaway" alongside Jay Black.[18] He also produced the song Violet in the album which got a Korean music video following the title track "Runaway" and later became the title track for their second Japanese mini album, Violet.

In 2018, Kino broke the start with "In My Feelings Challenge" or also known as "Kiki Challenge" in South Korea which unveiled as official SNS on the 14th of July. Kino who appeared in the video with a hat on, grabbed fans as much as possibly drawing a killing part heart in "In My Feeling" and a basketball dribble dance.[19] On July 17, he was cast with Gongchan of B1A4 and Yoo Seung Woo as the MC for "Bus King", a program where musicians surprise the bus passengers by performing series of songs to comfort the weary souls of youth in this age of daily life.[20] Kino is part of the group M.O.L.A. (Make Our Lives Awesome), which originally consist of Park Ji-min of 15&, Woodz of UNIQ and Nathan. He and Vernon of Seventeen joined later. The group is made up of several close friends who shares the same passion in music. They released an unofficial song "Chillin" on Soundcloud.[21] Kino participated in his label mate, A Train To Autumn debut track, "That Season You Were In".[22]

On January 30, 2019, Cube Entertainment released an official statement through Pentagon's official Twitter account. The statement stated that Kino suffered an ankle injury.[23] He contributed in composing "Always Difficult Always Beautiful" with Nathan for Wooseok x Kuanlin's debut extended play titled 9801 after he felt inspired by the San Junipero episode from British drama Black Mirror season 3.[24] On March 27, the group held the comeback showcase for their eight mini album Genie:us. He participated all scheduled activities with the exception of performances.[25] Pentagon continued promoting with a follow up song "Spring Snow". He was able to participate in the promotions for a week.[26]


Title Year Peak chart


"Chillin "
2018 N/A Non digital single
As featured artist
"Pick Up The Phone (PUTP)" (전화받아)
Park Ji-min feat. Kino, Woodz, NATHAN
2018 N/A JiminxJamie
Soundtrack appearances
"Miss U"
(with Jinho and Hui)
2019 N/A On The Campus OST

Other songs[edit]

Year Title Format Ref.
2017 "Universe" Digital download, streaming [28]
"Voicegasm" [29]
"Eyes" [30]
"지금 너에게로 가는 중이야" [31]
2018 "Aquatic Talks" [32]
"Keep Rollin'" [33]
"Sunshine/Mango" [34]
"Nobody else" [35]
"Butterfly" [36]
2019 "224.12" [37]
"Badtiming" [38]
"La Di Da" [39]

Songwriting credits[edit]

All credits are adapted from the Korea Music Copyright Association, unless stated otherwise.[40]

Solo work[edit]

Year Album Song Lyrics Music Arrangement
Credited With Credited With Credited With
2018 Non-album single "Lonely" Yes Yes Yes

Works by Pentagon[edit]

Year Album Song Lyrics Music Arrangement
Credited With Credited With Credited With
2016 Album single "Young" Yes Hui, Yeo One, Yuto, Wooseok Yes Hui, Yeo One, Yuto, Wooseok, Dok2 No
2017 Demo_01 "It's Over Edawn, Wooseok N/A Yes FERDY
Demo_02 "Violet" Edawn, Yuto, Wooseok NATHAN No N/A
2018 Positive "Off Road" Kang Dong-ha
Violet "Violet" (Japanese ver.) NATHAN
Shine "Off Road" (Japanese ver.) Kang Dong-ha
"Nightmare -Wake Up- (悪夢 -Wake Up-) No N/A FERDY
Thumbs Up! "When It Rains At Night" 밤에비가내리면 Yes Yuto, Wooseok 홍익인간, 멧돼지(S2 EVOLUTION)
"Just Do It Yo!" Hui, Shinwon, Yuto, Wooseok No N/A
"Skateboard" Edawn, Yuto, Wooseok Yes NATHAN
2019 Genie:us "Lost Paradise" (Hip hop unit) Hui, Yuto, Wooseok NATHAN, Hui, Yuto, Wooseok
"Spring Snow" 봄눈 Yuto, Wooseok NATHAN, 김호현
"Round 1" (Bonus track) Jinho, Hui, Hongseok, Shinwon, Yeo One, Yanan, Yuto, Wooseok Jinho, Hui, Hongseok, Shinwon, Yeo One, Yanan, Yuto, Wooseok, MosPick
Sum(me:r) "Round 2" (Bonus track) Jinho, Hui, Hongseok, Shinwon, Yeo One, Yanan, Yuto, Wooseok Jinho, Hui, Hongseok, Shinwon, Yeo One, Yanan, Yuto, Wooseok, MosPick
Happiness / Sha La La "Happiness" Yuto, KushitaMine Benefits all Humankind, MetDoeJi

Other works by Pentagon[edit]

Year Album Artist Song Lyrics Music Arrangement
Credited With Credited With Credited With
2017 Non-album single Hongseok, Kino "Romance" Yes Yes Yes
Wooseok feat. Edawn "Lift Off" No N/A Wooseok
2019 Hui, Kino "The Greatest Wall" Yes Hui Hui No N/A
Digital Single Jinho, Hui, Kino "Miss U" [41] BPM, 조성천, 서의범 No N/A
Non-album single Pentagon feat. Pentagon's dads "Genius" Hui, Shinwon, Yuto, Wooseok

For other artists[edit]

Year Album Artist Song Lyrics Music Arrangement
Credited With Credited With Credited With
Park Ji-min
"Pick Up The Phone (PUTP)" (전화받아) feat. Kino, Woodz, NATHAN Yes Park Ji-min, Woodz, Vernon, NATHAN Yes Jimin, Woodz, Vernon, NATHAN No N/A
Jung Dong-ha
"Crossroad" (되돌려놔줘) 홍익인간, 멧돼지(S2 EVOLUTION) No N/A
Digital Single
"Bad" feat. Woodz Woodz, KRIZ, PIGMA Yes Woodz, KRIZ
A Train To Autumn
"That Season You Were In" (네가있던계절) 홍익인간, 멧돼지(S2 EVOLUTION) No N/A
지수 (Jisoo)
"Dear Dawn" (새벽아)
"Designer" 홍익인간, 멧돼지(S2 EVOLUTION)
Wooseok x Kuanlin
"Always Difficult Always Beautiful" Wooseok Yes NATHAN, Wooseok
Digital Single
"1 Sided Love" feat. Kino KRIZ, Dart KRIZ
Han Seung-hee
"What's Going On With Me?" (이제와 무슨 소용 있겠냐고) Han Seung-hee


Year Title Artist Ref.
2016 Gorilla Pentagon [14]
2017 Ceremony [42]
Like This [16][17]
Runaway [18]
Wake Me Up Hui, Jo Woo-chan [43]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2017 Hello, My Twenties! 2 Cameo member of idol group Asgard [44]

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes Ref.
Pentagon Maker
Mnet-M2 Contestant [45]
Bus King
GMTV Main cast, MC, 6 episodes [20][46]
GlanceTv [47]
GINI Stage
MBC Contestant, as Cheering Team 2 [48][49]


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