San E

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San E
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San E at the Friendship Super Show on October 14, 2017
Background information
Birth name Jung San (정산)
Also known as Rap Genius
Born (1985-01-23) January 23, 1985 (age 33)
Bupyeong District, Incheon, South Korea
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s)
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2008 (2008)–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website San E on Brand New Music

Jung San (Korean: 정산; born (1985-01-23)January 23, 1985), more commonly known by his stage name San E (Korean: 산이), is a South Korean rapper and songwriter contracted under Brand New Music.[1] He was formerly signed to JYP Entertainment, where he was the label's first solo rapper.[2] He is one of the most successful rappers in mainstream Korean music.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

San E was born on January 23, 1985 in South Korea. He moved with his family to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, when he was a middle school student because his parents had been struggling financially as a result of the 1997 Asian financial crisis.[5] He attended the University of Georgia, where he majored in graphic design.[1]

Career[edit]

2008-2009: Mixtapes and underground fame[edit]

San E released his first mixtapes Ready To Be Signed and Ready To Be Famous in 2008 and 2009, respectively. As a way to draw attention to his self-released music, San E jokingly dissed established underground rapper Verbal Jint in one of his songs. The diss brought him attention from the Korean hip hop community and from Verbal Jint himself, who invited San E to join his hip hop crew, Overclass.[4][6][7]

2010-2012: JYP Entertainment and Everybody Ready?[edit]

Still unsigned, San E won Best Hip Hop Song at the 2010 Korean Music Awards for the track "Rap Genius."[8] Soon after, he became the first solo rapper to sign with JYP Entertainment, one of the "big three" records labels in the k-pop industry.[2] That September, he released his first mini-album, Everybody Ready?, which featured fellow JYP Entertainment artists Min (of Miss A), and Joo and Yeeun (of Wonder Girls). He debuted several days later on the television music show, M Countdown, with his single "Tasty San," featuring Min.[9] In November, San E started another round of promotions for the single, "LoveSick," the music video for which starred label mate Sohee of Wonder Girls.[10]

In 2011, San E released several singles, including “Please Don’t Go," a collaboration with rapper Outsider and singer Lee Changmin (of 2AM).[11] The song reached #14 on the Gaon Digital Chart, making it his highest charted song while contracted under JYP Entertainment.[12] He also collaborated that year with Verbal Jint, Beenzino, Swings, and other artists on the single "Stand Up, Japan!" which benefited Japan’s relief efforts after the Tohoku tsunami.[13]

2013–present: Brand New Music and top ten success[edit]

In April 2013, San E ended his contract with JYP Entertainment, saying that he was leaving on good terms.[14] That June, he joined hip hop label, Brand New Music, home to his Overclass crew mate, Verbal Jint.[15] San E achieved his first #1 hit on the Gaon Digital Chart with the song, "Story of Someone I Know," from the album 'Not' Based on the True Story.[16][17] His next three singles, "Where Did You Sleep?" (feat. Verbal Jint and Swings), "Break-Up Dinner" (feat. Sanchez of Phantom), and "What's Wrong With Me" (feat. Kang Min Hee), all reached the top ten of the Gaon Digital Chart.[18][19][20]

San E's success continued with the single "A Midsummer Night's Sweetness," a collaboration with Raina (of After School). The song was an instant hit and achieved #1 on ten music charts shortly after its debut.[21] The song went on to win awards that year at the Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards, the MelOn Music Awards, and the Seoul Music Awards.[22][23][24] His next single, "Body Language" (featuring Bumkey), was also a #1 hit, topping both the Gaon Digital Chart and seven Korean real-time music charts shortly after its release, despite its 19+ rating.[25][26]

In June 2017, San E was featured in Hyoyeon's single "Wannabe".[27] San E was also the rap mentor for KBS2's survival show, The Unit.[28]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak position Sales
KOR
[29]
The Boy Who Cried Wolf 17 1,816+[30]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak position Sales
KOR
[29]
Everybody Ready? 20 [No data available]
Not' Based on the True Story 27 1,558+[31]
Season of Suffering 22 845+[32]

Charted songs[edit]

Year Title Peak position Sales Album
KOR
[33]
2010 "Tasty San" (feat. Min) 45 [No data

available]

Everybody Ready?
"LoveSick" 19
2011 "Someone's Dream" (feat. So Hyang) 48 Dream High OST Pt. 3
"Please Don't Go" (feat. Outsider & Changmin) 14 407,462+ Non-album single
"Wish U To Be Unhappy" (feat. Bee of Rphabet) 54 242,259+
"Big Boy" (feat. Bee of Rphabet) 39 108,996+
2013 "Story Of Someone I Know" 1 1,139,790+ 'Not' Based on the True Story
"Where Did You Sleep?" (feat. Verbal Jint & Swings) 8 570,537+
"Break-Up Dinner" (feat. Sanchez of Phantom) 3 608,340+
2014 "What's Wrong With Me" (feat. Kang Min-hee) 4 952,054+ You're All Surrounded OST Pt.1
"A Midsummer Night's Sweetness" (with Raina) 1 2,176,748+ Non-album single
"Body Language" (feat. Bumkey) 1 727,872+
"Brand New Day" (with Brand New Music artists) 30 100,723+ Brand New Year Vol.3
2015 "Coach Me" (feat. Hyolyn & Jooheon) 16 150,317+ No Mercy Part.1
"On Top Of Your Head" (feat. MC Gree) 17 122,579+ The Boy Who Cried Wolf
"Me You" (feat. Baek Ye-rin) 2 1,127,476+[34]
"Like Father, Like Son" 23 143,833+[35] Non-album single
"Sour Grapes" (with Mad Clown) 2 774,942+[36]
2016 "Like An Airplane" (feat. Gary) 12 250,502+
"Sugar and Me" (with Raina) 5 418,248+
2017 "I Am Me" (feat. Hwasa of Mamamoo) 61 28,700+ Season of Suffering
"Mohae" (feat. Bolbbalgan4) 5 158,185+[37] Non-album single

Filmography[edit]

Television variety programs[edit]

Year Title Notes
2014 Show Me The Money 3 Appeared throughout season as producer on "Team Brand New Music."
2015 Show Me The Money 4 Appeared throughout season as producer on "Team Brand New Music."
Unpretty Rapstar Host of season 1
Unpretty Rapstar 2 Host of season 2
Off to School Cast member for episodes 44-46
2016 Hip Hop Nation Co-host with Shin Dong Yup
2016–2017 Battle Trip Co-host (until April 2017)
2017 The Unit Mentor/Host of season 1

Awards and nominations[edit]

Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2013 "Story of Someone I Know"[38] Song/Artist of the Year (August) Won
2014 "A Midsummer Night's Sweetness" (with Raina)[39] Song/Artist of the Year (July) Won

Golden Disk Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 "A Midsummer Night's Sweetness" (with Raina) Digital Bonsang Nominated
2016 The Boy Who Cried Wolf Best Rap/Hip Hop Award Won

Korean Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2010 "Rap Genius" Best Hip Hop Song Won

MelOn Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2014
[40]
"A Midsummer Night's Sweetness" (with Raina) Best Song Nominated
Hot Trend Nominated
Rap/Hip Hop Won
"What's Wrong With Me?" OST Nominated

Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2014 "A Midsummer Night's Sweetness" (with Raina) Song of the Year[41] Nominated
"Body Language" Nominated
Best Rap Performance Nominated
"A Midsummer Night's Sweetness" (with Raina) Best Collaboration[41] Nominated
2015 "Me You" Song of the Year[42] Nominated
Best Rap Performance Won

Seoul Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2014 San E & Raina Hip Hop/Rap Award Won
2015 San E Hip Hop/Rap Award Won

References[edit]

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