Yoon Mi-rae in October 2011
|Birth name||Natasha Shanta Reid|
|Also known as||Tasha Reid, Baby Tasha, T|
May 31, 1981 |
Fort Hood, Texas, United States
|Revised Romanization||Yun Mi-rae|
Natasha Shanta Reid (born May 31, 1981), better known by her Korean name Yoon Mi-rae (Hangul: 윤미래), is an American-born South Korean rapper and singer. She is currently a member of Korean hip hop trio MFBTY. She is considered to be one of the best female rappers in Korea.
Early life and education
Yoon was born on May 31, 1981 in Fort Hood, Texas to a South Korean mother and an African-American father. Her father had been a radio DJ while serving with the U.S. military in South Korea in the district of Uijeongbu. Yoon cites his record collection as an influence to pursue her music career. After she moved to South Korea as a child, she often faced discrimination because of her mixed heritage. Yoon dropped out of school at age 15 and later took a high school equivalence exam.
Discovery and Uptown
Yoon was discovered in 1995 when she accompanied a friend to an audition for a new Korean hip hop group. She did not audition herself, but a World Records representative heard her singing outside of the audition room and signed her to join a new group called Uptown. The group debuted in 1997 when Yoon was just 16.
In 1999, she also formed hip hop and R&B duo "Tashannie" with singer Annie. They released one album, called Parallel Prophecies. Yoon's name, Natasha, was hard for South Koreans to pronounce, so she used the name "Tasha," in order to better appeal to the intended audience.
Uptown broke up in 2000 after several group members were arrested on drug charges. Yoon's then-boyfriend, rapper Tiger JK, was also arrested and spent a month and a half in jail. Yoon herself went into hiding during that period.
Solo career and MFBTY
Yoon debuted as a solo artist in 2001, under the moniker "T" which she shortened even more from "Tasha". She released her first album, As Time Goes By that same year. Her second album, and her second album, Gemini, and third album, To My Love, were released the following year in 2002.
In 2006, she joined Jungle Entertainment, a label founded by her now-husband Tiger JK. The following year, she released the album T3 – Yoon Mi Rae, on which she shared the difficulties she faced as a mixed-race artist in Korea. That year, she performed in Seoul, South Korea with American singer Ameriie, who is also of Korean and African-American heritage.
In 2012, Yoon became the face of the computer brand Hewlett-Packard in Korea, having signed a one-year contract to appear in their print media and radio advertisements. She was also a judge on the third and fourth seasons of the television talent competition Superstar K.
Yoon, Tiger JK, and rapper Bizzy, formed the hip hop trio MFBTY (My Fans Better Than Yours) in 2013. The group's first single, "Sweet Dream," ranked #1 on three Korean music charts shortly after its release. They had debuted the song at a concert in Cannes, France. MFBTY signed to Tiger JK's newly created Feel Ghood Music label later that year.
In December 2014, Yoon released the single "Angel," which quickly became #1 on four Korean music charts. Also that month she revealed that the American film The Interview used her song "Pay Day" without permission, and that she was taking legal action.
In June 2007, she married Tiger JK in a private ceremony in a Buddhist Temple. The wedding occurred a month before the death of Tiger JK's grandmother who had wanted to see them wed before her passing. Yoon gave birth to their son Jordan Seo in March 2008.
Yoon and her husband are advocates against child abuse. In 2011, they appeared in a photoshoot with their son in Vogue Korea for the "Stop Child Abuse & Love Children" campaign. They also filmed a public service announcement for the World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse, performing at the 2011 Child Abuse Awareness Concert. In 2012, South Korea's Ministry of Health and Welfare commended the couple for their efforts in promoting child abuse prevention.
Yoon has also promoted awareness of multiculturalism within Korean families. In 2008, she volunteered for seven months at a multicultural youth camp.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|As Times Goes By||7||
|To My Love||
|"—" denotes album did not chart.|
|As lead artist|
|"Bye Bye Bye"||2008||N/A*||N/A*||Rhapsody Part 2
single album with Tiger JK
|"Please Don't Go" (떠나지마)||2009||Non-album singles|
|"Get It In"
feat. Tiger JK, Jung-in
|"This Love" (사랑이 맞을거야)||2015||1|
|"Because of You"||2016||19||S.M. Station 1|
|"Jam Come On Baby" (잠깐만 Baby)||36||Non-album singles|
|"Kawi Bawi Bo" (가위바위보)|
with Johan Kim
|"#Capture The City"
with Boys Noize
|"You and I" (너와 나)
with Jeon In-kwon, Zion.T, Tiger JK, Galaxy Express and others
|"How Are You?" (잘 지내고 있니)
with Tiger JK, feat. Bizzy, Black Nine, BB, MRSHLL
|As featured artist|
Planet Shiver feat. Double K, Yankie, Dok2, MYK, Yoon Mi-rae
Paloalto feat. Yoon Mi-rae
|"Without You Now" (이젠 너 없이도)
Euna Kim feat. Yoon Mi-rae, Tiger JK, Bizzy
|"Nice To Meet You" (반가워요)
Tiger JK feat. Yoon Mi-rae
Ailee feat. Yoon Mi-rae
|2016||20||A New Empire|
Jin Longguo feat. Yoon Mi-rae
|"Touch Love"||2013||1||1,299,537||Master's Sun OST Part 4|
|"I Love You" (너를 사랑해)||2014||1||It's Okay, That's Love OST Part 6|
|"I'll Listen To What You Have To Say" (너의 얘길 들어줄게)||2015||7||Who Are You: School 2015 OST Part 3|
|"Always"||2016||2||Descendants of the Sun OST Part 1|
|"Black Happiness" (검은 행복)
with Gye Min-a
|87||Fantastic Duo OST Part 14|
|"You Are My World" (그대라는 세상)||10||Legend of the Blue Sea OST Part 2|
|2017||—||Queen of Mystery OST Part 4|
|"The Sky of My Youth" (젊은 날의 Sky)||—||Hit the Top OST Part 3|
|"—" denotes song did not chart.
*Chart and sales data not available prior to 2010.
|2013||Yoon Mi-rae||Best Original Soundtrack||Won|
|2007||"Have You Forgotten?"||Best R&B Performance||Won|
|2013||"Touch Love"||Best Original Soundtrack||Won|
|2014||"I Love You"||Nominated|
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