Yang Hyun-suk

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Yang Hyun-suk
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Background information
Birth nameYang Hyun-suk
Also known asYG
Born (1970-01-09) January 9, 1970 (age 48)
OriginSeoul, South Korea
  • Record executive
  • rapper
  • dancer
  • record producer
InstrumentsVocals, drums
Years active1990–present
LabelsYG Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationYang Hyeon-seok
McCune–ReischauerYang 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 1996, 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 company, most notably Jinusean, 1TYM, Seven, Big Bang, 2NE1, Blackpink, iKon, Tablo, Epik High, and Psy.

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 Judge for YG Entertainment
2012 K-pop Star 2
2013 K-pop Star 3
Win: Who Is Next? YGent CEO, Director
2014 Mix & Match
K-pop Star 4 Judge for YG Entertainment
2015 K-pop Star 5
2016 K-pop Star 6
2017 Mix Nine Judge
2018 YG Future Strategy Office Recurring character


  1. ^ "[캐리커처로 보는 이슈피플] 양현석, 될성부른 나무는 떡잎부터 알아본다?"" (in Korean). Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation. 2014-04-21. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  2. ^ Cho, Chung-un (2012-03-23). "K-pop still feels impact of Seo Taiji & Boys". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2016-06-04.
  3. ^ "Yang Hyun-Seok and Lee Eun-ju Dating for Nine Years". KBS World. 2010-03-11. Archived from the original on 2013-01-11. Retrieved 2010-04-11.
  4. ^ "Yang Hyun-suk and Lee eun-joo Welcomes Baby Daughter". KBS World Radio. 5 August 2010.
  5. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2010/08/yang-hyun-suk-is-now-a-father
  6. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2012/04/yang-hyun-suk-makes-a-big-announcement-on-k-pop-star

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