Yang Hyun-suk

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Yang Hyun-suk
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Background information
Birth name Yang Hyun-suk
Also known as YG
Born (1970-01-09) January 9, 1970 (age 48)
Origin Seoul, South Korea
  • Record executive
  • rapper
  • dancer
  • record producer
Instruments Vocals, drums
Years active 1990–present
Labels YG Entertainment
Associated acts
Website yanggoon.com
Korean name
Hangul 양현석
Revised Romanization Yang Hyeon-seok
McCune–Reischauer Yang Hyŏnsŏk

Yang Hyun-suk (born January 9, 1970[1] is a South Korean music executive, rapper, dancer and record producer. He rose to fame as a member of Seo Taiji and Boys during the 1990s. After the group disbanded, he founded and became chief executive officer of YG Entertainment, one of the biggest record companies in South Korea.

Seo Taiji & Boys (1992–1996)[edit]

Seo Taiji & Boys was formed in 1991 with Seo Taiji, Lee Juno and Yang Hyun-seok. Yang said he first met Seo when the musician came to him to learn how to dance. "Blown away" by his music, Yang offered to join the group and they later recruited Lee who was one of the top dancers in Korea.[2] The group was influential on the Korean music scene, famous for their single, "Nan Arayo" (Hangul"난 알아요", "I Know"). The group received criticism for various albums, most notably for the song, "Shidaeyugam" (Hangul시대유감, "Regret of the Times"), to which the fan backlash led to the abolishment of the Pre-censorship law in 1996. The group disbanded in 1996, with each member pursuing solo activities.

YG Entertainment (1998–present)[edit]

In 1998, he established YG Entertainment and released his first solo album which featured a song composed by Seo Taiji. This was their first collaboration since the breakup. Yang Hyun-Suk has produced hugely successful artists under his entertainment, most notably Jinusean, 1TYM, Se7en, Big Bang, and 2NE1. Recently, Tablo, Epik High, and PSY joined the company. After 2012, the company took Lee Hi, Akdong Musician, WINNER, iKON, BLACKPINK, Zion.T, Sechs Kies and Bang Ye-dam under their label.

Personal life[edit]

In March 2010, Yang revealed that he has been dating former Swi.T member Lee Eun-ju, who is 12 years Yang's junior, for nine years.[3] Lee Eun-ju then gave birth to their first child on August 5, 2010 at 2:01 pm; she[4] is named Yang Yoo-Jin.[5][unreliable source?] In April 2012, Yang Hyun Suk announced on SBS K-pop Star that the couple's second child, a baby boy, was born. His name is Yang Seung Hyun.[6][unreliable source?] Lee Eun-ju is the younger sister of Lee Jaijin of Sechs Kies.



  • Yang Hyun-Suk (1998)


TV Series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Superstar K Himself Judge
2011 K-pop Star 1 Himself Judge for YG Entertainment
2012 K-pop Star 2 Himself Judge for YG Entertainment
2013 K-pop Star 3 Himself Judge for YG Entertainment
WIN: WHO IS NEXT? Himself YGent CEO, Director
2014 MIX & MATCH Himself YGent CEO, Director
K-pop Star 4 Himself Judge for YG Entertainment
2015 K-pop Star 5 Himself Judge for YG Entertainment
2016 K-pop Star 6 Himself Judge for YG Entertainment
2017 Mix Nine Himself Judge


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