Masta Wu

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Masta Wu
마스타 우
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June 12, 2015, New York City
Background information
Birth nameWoo Jin-won
Born (1978-10-25) October 25, 1978 (age 40)
Seoul, South Korea
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper, composer
Years active2000–present
LabelsXYZ Entertainment
Associated actsDJ Soulscape, Epik High

Woo Jin-won (Hangul우진원, October 25, 1978), better known by his stage name Masta Wu(마스타 우), is a South Korean rapper, songwriter and producer.[1] His previous stage name was Ginnwon.[2] He was also a part of the hip hop project duo YMGA.[3]


After being an underground rapper, Woo signed with YG Entertainment.[3] He released his first album, Masta Peace in 2003,[4] and his second album Brand Wu Year in 2007.[5]

In 2014, he was one of the producers of the talent show Show Me The Money 3.[6][7]

He wrote several songs for his label-mates, for example project duo Hi Suhyun, solo singer Lee Hi and girl band 2NE1.[1][8][9] As of April 2015 he has 74 songs credited to his name at the Korea Music Copyright Association.[10]

In 2016, he announced his departure from YG Entertainment to establish his own label.[11]



  • Masta Peace (2003)
  • Brand Wu Year (2007)

Charted songs[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Sales
2007 "Don't Stop" (feat. Jinu) 43[12] 1,261 (physical)[12]
2014 "Come Here" (feat. Dok2, Bobby) 8[13] 169,275+ (digital)[14]


  1. ^ a b "마스타우 "6년 공백, 양현석 대표에게 서운하냐고요?"" (in Korean). Yonhap. 2014-12-14. Retrieved 2015-04-25.
  2. ^ "고준희 마스타우, 열애설 부인 후 심야 데이트 장면 포착 '진실은?'" (in Korean). The Financial News. Retrieved 2015-04-25.
  3. ^ a b "Masta Wu". KBS World Radio. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
  4. ^ "Masta Wu to Release New Song in Six Years through YG Hip Hop Project 2". MWAVE. 2014-11-28. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
  5. ^ "마스타우 솔직 고백 "무브먼트 디스, 악감정은 없었다"" (in Korean). Newsen. 2007-03-21. Retrieved 2015-04-25.
  6. ^ "Epik High′s Tablo, Masta Wu, San E, and Swings Confirmed for ′Show Me The Money 3′". MWAVE. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
  7. ^ "Korean rappers Masta Wu, Dok2 and Bobby get surreal". Dazed. December 2014. Retrieved 2015-04-25.
  8. ^ "Hi Suhyun Talks Winning No.1, Yang Hyun Suk′s Training Style and More". MWAVE. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
  9. ^ "2NE1 Dazzles with "Gotta Be You" MV". MTV. 2014-05-21. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
  10. ^ "Search (Writers & Publishers)". KOMCA. Archived from the original on 2012-12-19. Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  11. ^ "YG "최근 마스타우 떠났다, 향후 음악활동 응원" 공식입장" (in Korean). xsportsnews. 2016-01-08. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  12. ^ a b "2007. 3 월 - 가요음반 판매량". Music Industry Association of Korea. Archived from the original on 2009-05-02. Retrieved 2015-04-25.
  13. ^ "Gaon Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  14. ^ Cumulative digital sales of "Come Here" :

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