Verbal Jint

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Verbal Jint
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Verbal Jint in October 2014
Background information
Birth nameKim Jin-tae
Born (1980-12-19) December 19, 1980 (age 37)
Seoul, South Korea
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Musician, rapper, record producer
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards
Years active1999–present
LabelsBrand New Music, Otherside
WebsiteOfficial website
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Jin-tae
McCune–ReischauerKim Chint'ae

Kim Jin-tae (Hangul: 김진태; born December 19, 1980),[1] better known by his stage name Verbal Jint (Hangul: 버벌진트), is a South Korean musician, rapper and record producer who is known for his groundbreaking innovations in Korean hip hop rhyme schemes.[2] He established himself as one of South Korea's most popular underground rappers of the 2000s before achieving mainstream success.[3][4] He is signed to the hip hop record label Brand New Music, under which he runs his own independent label, Otherside.[5][6]


Before Verbal Jint's official debut in 2001, Korean hip hop lacked a fundamental component of rap, the rhyming. Verbal Jint later said in an interview with the Korea Times, “People who came before us didn’t have much interest in rhyming; artists before us were satisfied with talking fast and thinking that it was rapping — and that sold then.” Verbal Jint's debut mini-album, Modern Rhymes, introduced new innovations in achieving the grammatical accuracy needed to arrange Korean successfully into rhymes. He was the first to create actual rhyme schemes in Korean and his method is now the standard for Korean rapping within the hip hop scene. The rhyme work and flow of his music have been considered revolutionary within the Korean music industry as they have rapidly changed the construction of Korean hip hop music and thus its style and lyrical qualities.[2][7][8]

Early life and education[edit]

Verbal Jint was born in Seoul, South Korea. He attended Hanyoung Foreign Language High School, earned an economics degree from Seoul National University, and is currently taking time off from pursuing a law degree at the Hanyang University School of Law.[2]

Verbal Jint completed his mandatory military service for South Korea in the KATUSA program, where Korean soldiers who demonstrate a high level of English fluency and aptitude serve alongside United States Army forces in South Korea.[9]


1999-2008: Underground beginnings and hip hop innovation[edit]

Verbal Jint began his rap career as a member of the Korean hip hop crew "Show N Prove" (SNP) and released his first solo songs in 1999, including, "Big Brag," "How High School," and "Foul." He released his first mini-album, Modern Rhymes, in 2001.[10][11][12] The album is credited with introducing rhyme schemes into Korean rapping.[2]

It was several years until Verbal Jint's next releases, 2007's Favorite and 무명. The following year, he formed the hip hop crew Overclass with rappers Warmman and Lobotomy, among others. Notable rappers and singers including San E, Swings, and Urban Zakapa would later join the crew.[13]

2009-2011: Brand New Music and breaking into the mainstream[edit]

Verbal Jint experienced his first mainstream success in 2009, when his 2008 album, Framed, won Best Hip Hop Album at the Korean Music Awards.[14] In 2010, he began releasing music under Brand New Stardom, a record label owned by rappers Cho PD and Rhymer. When the company split in two in 2011, Verbal Jint followed Rhymer to his new label Brand New Music.[15]

In 2011, Verbal Jint collaborated with Swings, San-E, L.E.O., Baby Bu, Dawn, and designer Brownbreath on the song, "Stand Up, Japan!," with all proceeds from the digital single donated to help relief efforts after the Japanese Tohoku tsunami.[16]

Later that year, he released the album Go Easy, and its single, "You Look Good," ultimately reached #5 on the Gaon Digital Chart.[17][18] He promoted the single in October on music program You Hee Yeol's Sketchbook, where he also discussed his side-career as a voice actor in commercials.[19] He also performed the song in Japan as a guest at actor and singer Jang Keun-suk's Tokyo Dome concert on November 26.

Verbal Jint held his first solo concert, "You Look Happier," in December 2011.[20] The same month, he made his first appearance on the music show M! Countdown.[21]

2012-2014: Collaborations and first world tour[edit]

Verbal Jint in February 2013

In June 2012, Verbal Jint appeared in the first season of Mnet's hip hop reality program "Show Me the Money."[22] His team, composed of himself and rookie rapper Go Young Bin, was eliminated in the second round after a performing a hip hop version of miss A's "Breathe."[23]

That same month, he released the album, 10 Years of Misinterpretation.[24] The album singles, "Good Morning," and "Pretty Enough" were hits, reaching #5 and #6, respectively, on the Gaon Digital Chart.[25][26] He performed "Good Morning" in a special collaboration with the band 10cm in July at the two-day Green Groove Festival in Boryeong, alongside After School, Son Dambi, Wonder Girls and Akon.[27]

Verbal Jint participated in several successful collaborations in 2013, including the hit singles "If It Ain't Love" featuring Ailee, "Hello" by legendary singer Cho Yong-pil, "Take Care of Christmas" with Shin Seung Hun, and a cover of Deux's "Only For You" with Bumkey.[28][29][30][31] He also collaborated live with girl group Girl's Day at the Mnet 20's Choice Awards in July, and with Bumkey and San E at the SBS Gayo Daejun awards in December.[32][33] That year, he fulfilled his long-time wish to collaborate with Hyolyn of SISTAR when she surprised him with an unscheduled appearance on You Hee Yeol's Sketchbook and subsequently featured in his performance of "You Look Good."[34][35]

In May 2014, Verbal Jint went on a world tour with Bumkey, Beenzino, Kanto, and Hwayoung, holding concerts in New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Sydney.[36] He had planned to release a new album, entitled GO HARD Pt. 1: The OTHER SIDE prior to the tour, but he postponed the album's release indefinitely due to the Sewol Ferry Disaster.[37] Later that year, a music video he featured in was delayed due to another disaster. He was featured along with Beenzino, Bobby, B.I. and Mino in Epik High's single "Born Hater" off their eighth studio album Shoebox.[38] The music video was scheduled for pre-release on October 17, but was delayed one day to pay respect to the victims of the Pangyo Techno Valley Vent Collapse.[39] The song received a 19+ rating for profanity and deemed inappropriate for broadcasting by KBS on their media channels.[40] However, the song was a success and reached #3 on the Gaon Digital Chart.[41]

Later that year, Verbal Jint featured on "Rainstorm by Rainstone," a collaborative track with producer Rainstone, American R&B singer Brian McKnight, and San E.[42]

2015-present: Show Me The Money and starting a new label[edit]

In 2015, Verbal Jint made his first appearance on the TV variety show Running Man in a "hip hop star special" with Jay Park, Jessi, and other rappers.[43] He continued his variety show appearances that summer as a judge on the 4th season of Mnet's hip hop reality program Show Me the Money, where he represented record label Brand New Music alongside San E.[44] He featured on charted singles from show contestants Black Nut and Basick, the latter of whom won the season as part of "Team Brand New Music."[45][46][47] After the show's finale, Verbal Jint performed with the judges and contestants from the season in a world tour in South Korea and the United States.[48] Later that year, he appeared on seasons one and two of Show Me the Money spin-off Unpretty Rapstar, during which he produced several singles for contestants.[49][50]

Verbal Jint released two albums in 2015. On August 31, he released the mini-album Yeoja with Sanchez of the hip-hop trio Phantom.[51] And, after three years of preparation, he released the album GO HARD Pt. 1: The OTHER SIDE on December 19.[52] He also featured on several singles, including Girls' Generation's Taeyeon's solo debut's title track "I," which ranked number one across eight different real time music charts shortly after its release on October 7.[53]

In November 2015, Brand New Music representatives announced that Verbal Jint plans to start an independent label while continuing to promote under Brand New Music.[54]

Voice actor work[edit]

In addition to his career as a rapper, Verbal Jint has provided voiceovers and narration for many TV shows and advertisements.[19] His voice has appeared in South Korean TV commercials for brands including Vitamin Water, LG, and Hyundai.[55]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Darkness (무명) N/A
Framed (누명)
  • Released: July 17, 2008
  • Label: KT Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
The Good Die Young
  • Released: October 26, 2009
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Go Easy 8
10 Years of Misinterpretation 1 (10년동안의오독I)
  • Released: June 21, 2012
  • Label: Brand New Music, NHN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Go Hard Part 1: Valued Amount (Go Hard Part 1: 양가치)
  • Released: December 19, 2015
  • Label: Brand New Music, Otherside, NHN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Special albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
(누명 Afterplay)
  • Released: November 6, 2008
  • Label: KT Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2 The Hard Way
with Cho PD
Girl (여자)
with Sanchez
  • Released: August 31, 2015
  • Label: Brand New Music, LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
양가치 Instrumentals
  • Released: December 29, 2015
  • Label: Brand New Music, Otherside, NHN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
17 Acapellas
  • Released: August 20, 2017
  • Label: Otherside, LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Modern Rhymes
  • Released: July 13, 2001
  • Label: KT Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Released: May 11, 2007
  • Label: De Passion
  • Formats: CD, digital download
(누명 간보기)
  • Released: April 10, 2008
  • Label: KT Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Go Easy 0.5
  • Released: December 6, 2010
  • Label: LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
No Excuses (변명없이)
  • Released: October 27, 2017
  • Label: Otherside, LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Charted singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
Sales (DL) Album
As lead artist
"Available" (어베일러블)
feat. Lady Jane
2011 44 N/A Non-album single
"I Promise I Promise 2012" (약속해 약속해 2012)
feat. Jo Hyun-ah
91 Go Easy
"You Look Good" (좋아보여)
feat. The Black Skirts
"Gloomy Letters" (우울한 편지) 39 Non-album singles
"Thank You Thank You" (감사감사)
feat. Yeonjin
"Classic" 2012 64
"Good Morning" (굿모닝)
feat. 10cm
"You Deserve Better" (충분히 예뻐) 6 10 Years of Misinterpretation 1
"I Get Weak" (약한 사람)
feat. Heo In-chang
18 Golden Time OST
"Closer Closer" (가까이 가까이) 36 The Thousandth Man OST
"Good Start" (시작이 좋아)
feat. Kang Min-hee
2013 5 Non-album singles
"If It Ain't Love" (이게 사랑이 아니면)
feat. Ailee
"Walking in The Rain" (비범벅)
feat. Bumkey
"Take Care Of Christmas" (크리스마스를 부탁해)
feat. Shin Seung-hun
"Just Another Rapper" (반도의흔한랩퍼)
feat. San E, Swings
2014 23
"Rare Breed" (희귀종)
feat. YDG
"I Smell Fall" (가을냄새)
feat. Eddy Kim
"My Type 2"
feat. Kang Min-kyung, Sanchez
2015 17
"If The World Is Perfect" (세상이 완벽했다면)
feat. Taeyeon
25 Go Hard Part 1: Valued Amount
"Man Up"
with Cho PD feat. Park Mi-kyung
2010 68 N/A 2 The Hard Way
"Only For You" (너에게만)
with Bumkey
2013 4 Non-album single
"Doin' It" (싫대)
with Sanchez feat. Bumkey
2015 17 Girl
with Sanchez
"Body 2 Body" (귀아래)
with Sanchez feat. LE
"M.I.L.E. (Make It Look Easy)"
with Blacknut, San E
22 Show Me the Money 4
"I'm The Man"
with Basick, San E
"Read My Mind" (오늘 쓱)
with Yang Da-il
2016 71 Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Role
2012 Show Me The Money Contestant[23]
2015 Show Me The Money 4 Producer[47]


Year Recipient Award Category Result
2004 Verbal Jint HiphopPlaya Awards[85] Featuring Artist of the Year Won
2009 Framed Korean Music Awards Best Hip-hop Album Won
2011 "Go Easy" Olleh Indie Awards[86] Album of the Month Won
"Pretty Enough" HiphopPlaya Awards[87] Single of the Year Won
Music Video of the Year Won
2012 Verbal Jint Korean Music Awards Male Musician of the Year Netizen Vote Won
"Good Morning" Cyworld Digital Music Awards[88] June 2012 Song of the Month Won
"You Deserve Better" Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Rap Performance Nominated
2013 "If It Ain't Love" MelOn Music Awards Best Rap Performance Nominated
Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Rap Performance Nominated
Mnet 20's Choice Awards[89] 20's Hot Rapper Won
2014 "Born Hater" HiphopPlaya Awards[90] Video of the Year Won
Collaboration of the Year Won


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External links[edit]

Official website