Jimin at a fansign for Ellesse in April 2016
January 8, 1991
Seongnam, Gyeonggi, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||Sin Ji-min|
Shin Ji-min (born January 8, 1991), better known mononymously as Jimin, is a South Korean rapper and singer. She is best known for being the leader and main rapper of the girl group AOA, which debuted in 2012 under FNC Entertainment. In 2015, Jimin was a semi-finalist in the first season of Unpretty Rapstar. During the show, she released several successful collaboration singles, most notably "Good Start" (with Seulong) and "Puss" (with Iron).
Jimin debuted as a soloist in 2016 with the single "Call You Bae" (featuring Xiumin).
Jimin was born on January 8, 1991, in Seongnam, Gyeonggi, South Korea. She learned how to play the guitar, harmonica, and piano as a child. From her second year of middle school to her first year of high school, she studied abroad at a Chinese language school for two years. While in China, she also attended a practical music school.
On July 30, 2012, Jimin made her debut as a member of AOA on Mnet's M! Countdown with the song "Elvis" from their debut single album, Angels' Story. She is also part of band unit AOA Black, established in 2013. She wrote the rap for AOA Black's single "Moya".
In early 2015, Jimin was part of the variety show Unpretty Rapstar, a spin-off of Show Me The Money. Unpretty Rapstar is a female rappers survival program. The show consists of a single-elimination competition through rap performances. During the show, Jimin released a few collaboration singles, such as "T4SA" with MC Meta and Nuck. Her song with Seulong, "Good Start", was produced by Verbal Jint and peaked at number 2 on the Gaon Singles Chart. "Puss", her rap battle song with rapper Iron during the semi-finals, peaked at number 1 on the Gaon Singles Chart. She was also a cast member of the variety show Off to School for four episodes, beginning March 17, 2015.
On April 28, Jimin and N.Flying's J.Don (Lee Seung-hyub) released the collaboration single "God". The song was produced by Rhymer of Brand New Music as part of FNC Entertainment's N Project. The song's music video was based on Game of Thrones.
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Sales||Album|
(with MC Meta and Nuck)
(with Lim Seulong)
|"Call You Bae"
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Sales||Album|
(Kang Min-hee featuring Jimin)
|2013||Cheongdam-dong 111||Herself||tvN||FNC Entertainment reality show|
|Off to School||Cast||jtbc||Episode 36–39|
|Let's Go! Dream Team||Regular cast||SZTV||Chinese version (with Chanmi)|
|2016||Bon Bun Olympic||Contestant||KBS||Lunar New Year Special Program|
|2017||Sherlock's Room||Main cast||MBC||N/A|
Awards and nominations
|2015||Hot Trend Award||Nominated|
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- Hwang Hye-jin (18 March 2015). "'Unpretty Rapstar' AOA's Jimin to Release Duet Song with Iron". Newsen. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
- Son Ji-hyoung (26 February 2016). "AOA's Jimin's new song features EXO's Xiumin". K-Pop Herald. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
- Yoon Ho-jung (11 March 2015). "AOA's Jimin, EXID's Hani, Eun Ji Won and More to Join 'I'm Going to School'". Newsen. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
- Jin Min-ji (23 April 2015). "AOA's Ji-min to release hip-hop track". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
- Ha, You-bin (28 April 2015). "JIMIN N J.DON Release The Music Video Of 'GOD'". BNT News. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
- Bae Jung-yun (3 March 2016). "AOA′s Jimin Achieves an All-Kill on Music Charts". BNT News. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2016-03-27.
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- AOA’s Jimin And Yuna Sing “If You Were Me” In MV For “Hwayugi” OST Featuring Yoo Hoe Seung
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