Yoon Mi-rae

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Yoon Mi-rae
Yoon Mi-rae.jpg
Yoon Mi-rae performing at the Lolipop Concert, in May 2010
Background information
Birth name Natasha Shanta Reid
Also known as Tasha Reid, Baby Tasha, T
Born (1981-05-31) May 31, 1981 (age 34)[1]
Fort Hood, Texas, United States
Years active 1997–present
Associated acts
This is a Korean name; the family name is Yoon.
Yoon Mi Rae
Hangul 윤미래
Hanja 尹未來
Revised Romanization Yun Mi-rae
McCune–Reischauer Yun Mi-rae

Natasha Shanta Reid (born May 31, 1981), known by her Korean name Yoon Mi-rae, is an American-born South Korean rapper and singer.[2] She is part of the Korean hip hop crew The Movement and current member of MFBTY.

She is married to Tiger JK, and has one son with him. She was selected the 12th best new female emcees dominating mics worldwide by MTV IGGY in 2011.[3][4]


Early life and education[edit]

Reid was born in Fort Hood, Texas to a South Korean mother and a black American father. She often faced discrimination because of her mixed heritage. Her father, Thomas J. Reid, was a DJ when she was young, so she naturally became acquainted with music. Because her father was also in the military, Reid lived in multiple locations, including Fort Lewis, Washington, Washington, D.C. and Germany.


In 1995, she accompanied a friend to a World Records audition for a group which would later become Uptown. She did not audition herself, but a World staff member heard Tasha singing the lyrics to songs outside of the audition room and casted her immediately.[5] Uptown debuted in South Korea in early 1997, when Reid was just 16.[6] Tasha was one of the first mixed race artists in Korean music, causing much criticism in a homogeneous society. Tasha later revealed her struggles in her 2007 single, "Black Happiness", which spoke of how industry executives told her to deny her African American heritage.

In 1999, she also formed Tashannie, a hip-hop and R&B project for which she was the primary vocalist, alongside Annie Lee, who was also a member of Uptown. Uptown broke up in 2000 after a scandal proved two members to be involved in drugs. A year later, Tasha debuted as a solo artist, under the moniker T.

In 2002, she released her 1.5 album, Gemini. It was the first Korean hip-hop album to debut in the Japanese market. Tasha later left World Music to join Jungle Entertainment, a label founded by now husband Tiger JK.

In February 2012, Yoon became the face of Hewlett-Packard by signing a one-year contact to appear in their print media and radio advertisements.[7]

She was one of four judges for the third season of Superstar K, and as of October 2012, was also judge for the fourth season.[8]

On January 2013, Yoon, together with her husband Tiger JK and Bizzy as members of MFBTY (My Fans Better Than Yours), were selected as representatives of Kpop for Korea at the International Music Tradeshow on Midem, in Cannes, France. They performed in their own showcase 'K-Pop Night Out at MIDEM 2013'.[9]

In September 2013, Yoon earned the #1 spot on Billboard's Korea K-Pop Hot 100 list with her song "Touch Love" from the South Korean drama Master's Sun.[10]

In December 2014, her group MFBTY was rebranded under her name. Their first single under that name "Angel" hit no. 1 on the Gaon charts.[11] Also in that month she revealed that the American film The Interview used her song "Pay Day" without permission, and that she will be taking legal action.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Reid speaks Korean and English fluently.[13]

She is an advocate against child abuse as seen by her participation in Vogue Korea's Stop & Love Campaign in 2011 and performing at the 2011 Child Abuse Awareness Concert. Together with Tiger JK, she received a commendation from South Korea's Ministry of Health and Welfare for her efforts in promoting child abuse prevention.[14][15][16]

She also promotes awareness with multicultural families as seen with her seven-month volunteer commitment in a multicultural youth camp in 2008. This is probably a result of her own history as a child of mixed ethnic origin where she experienced prejudice in Korean society against her racial background.[17][18]

In June 2007, she married Tiger JK (member of Drunken Tiger) in a private ceremony. The wedding occurred a month before the death of Tiger JK's grandmother who had wanted to see them wed before her passing. Yoon became pregnant with her son, Jordan, the same month Tiger JK's grandmother died in July 2007. Jordan was born later in March 2008.[19][20][21]



Album information Tracklist
As Time Goes By
  • Released: September 10, 2001
  • Language: Korean
  1. 바보
  2. 시간이 흐른 뒤
  3. I Miss You So
  4. 슬픔에 기대어
  5. 행복한 나를
  6. 그대없는 사랑
  7. La Musique
  8. As Time Goes By (English Version)
  9. She (...Could Never Be Me) Composed by John Watley III.
  10. 삶의 향기 (Soul Flower)
  11. ( Old School Love) Composed by John Watley III.
  12. 친구가 아닌 연인
  13. La Musique (English Version)
  14. 시간이 흐른 뒤 (Remix Version)
  15. 하루하루
  • Released: May 4, 2002
  • Language: Korean
  1. G火자
  2. Meditation
  3. Me We
  4. Memories (Smiling Tears)
  5. Wonder Woman
  6. 끝없는 바다 저편에
  7. Concrete Jungle
  8. Combination Platter
  9. Double Trouble
  10. 남자 남자 남자
  11. Memories (Smiling Tears, Eng. Vers)
  12. Mt (혁명)
To My Love
  • Released: December 5, 2002
  • Language: Korean
  1. Unforgettable
  2. To My Love
  3. Tuesday
  4. 선물
  5. To My Love (English Ver.)
  6. 끝없는 바다 저편에
  7. One Day
  8. Because I Love You feat. Bobby Kim
  9. 집으로 와
  10. 나는
  11. 인연
  12. Why Me ?
  13. Gotta Get Love
  14. 찬바람아!
  15. Because I Love You (English Ver.)
  16. 너 (Sad But True)
T Best
  • Released: April 25, 2003
  • Language: Korean
  1. To My Love
  2. 바보
  3. 시간이 흐른 뒤 (AS TIME GOES BY)
  4. 선물
  5. 끝없는 바다 저편에
  6. 남자 남자 남자
  7. Tuesday
  8. Concrete Jungle
  9. 행복한 나를
  10. 집으로 와
  11. I Miss You So
  12. 지화자
  13. Wonder Woman
  14. Because I Love You
  15. 찬 바람아
  16. 하루 하루
T3 - Yoon Mi Rae
  • Released: February 24, 2007
  • Language: Korean
  1. Black Diamond
  2. What's Up, Mr. Good Stuff
  3. 잊었니
  4. Honeymoon
  5. Gimme, Gimme 이기주의자
  6. Pay Day
  7. 시간은 눈물과 흐르고
  8. 나니까
  9. 검은 행복
  10. Who
  11. Good Bye Sadness, Hello Happiness
떠나지마... (EP)
  • Released: January 19, 2009
  • Language: Korean
  1. 떠나지마...
  2. 떠나지마... (Inst.)
Get It In (The Creators Project) (EP)
  • Released: October 27, 2011
  • Language: Korean
  1. Get It In (Feat. Tiger JK, 정인) (Korean Ver.)
  2. Get It In (Feat. Smokey Robotic) (English Ver.)
  3. Get It In (Inst.)


  • 2007: Wonderful (with Kim Jo Han)
  • 2008: Rhapsody Part 2 (with Tiger JK)
  • 2009: Please Don't Go
  • 2009: Let's Dance (with Yoo Jae-suk)[22]
  • 2011: Doo Doo Doo Wop Ba Ba Lu[23]
  • 2013: Sweet Dream (with Tiger JK and Bizzy as MFBTY)
  • 2013: Touch Love (The Master's Sun OST)
  • 2014: I Love You (It's Okay, That's Love OST)
  • 2014: Angel (with Tiger JK & Bizzy)
  • 2015: I'll Listen To What You Have To Say (Who Are You: School 2015 OST)



MelOn Music Awards[edit]

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2013 Yoon Mi-rae Best Original Soundtrack Won

Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2007 "Have You Forgotten?"[27] Best R&B Performance Won
2013 "Touch Love"[28] Best Original Soundtrack Won
2014 "I Love You"[29] Nominated


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  24. ^ "Superstar K3 reveals their official poster". Allkpop. 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
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  28. ^ "2013 M.net Korean Music Festival Winners list". Mnet. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  29. ^ "[Full Ver.] 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards Part1". mwave. MAMA. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 

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