Yubin at a fanmeet in July 2016
October 4, 1988
Gwangju, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||Gim Yubin|
Yubin was born in Gwangju, on October 4, 1988. She attended JungAm Elementary School and Anyang High School for a while before moving to San Jose, California, where she studied at Leland High School. She currently attends Myongji University. She is fluent in Korean and English.
Prior to her debut with the Wonder Girls, Yubin was originally set to debut as a member of Five Girls under Good Entertainment, along with G.NA, After School's Uee, Secret's Hyoseong and Spica's Yang Jiwon. However, the group disbanded shortly before their scheduled debut in 2007 due to Good Entertainment's financial troubles and the members all left for separate Korean entertainment companies.
Yubin made her debut as a new member of the Wonder Girls on September 7, 2007. When the group released their comeback single "Tell Me", Yubin was introduced as the main rapper of the group replacing Hyuna.
Although Yubin is known mainly as the rapper of the group, she occasionally acts as an additional vocalist to the group. Examples of which include, "This Time" and "Wishing on a Star". Aside from performing with Wonder Girls, she has appeared in several music videos including labelmate 2PM's debut music video, "10 Jeom Manjeome 10 Jeom" and Shinhwa's "Once in a Life Time". She has also featured in several different artists' singles, i.e. Shinhwa's Andy Lee, Lee Min-woo, Kim Bum-soo, and Chun G.
Yubin showcased her written lyrics for the first time in Kim Bum-soo's song "Do You Know That?". Since then, she has written her own raps for several other songs. In 2011, she wrote the lyrics for "Girls Girls", "Me, In", and "Sweet Dreams" from the Wonder Girls' second studio album Wonder World. Yubin also wrote the song, "Hey Boy" for the Wonder Girls' mini album Wonder Party released in June 3, 2012.
Yubin made a short cameo in MBC's popular sitcom, Here He Comes. She made her official acting debut in OCN's drama, The Virus, where she played the role of Lee Joo-yeong, a genius hacker and an IT specialist.
On August 17, 2015, Yubin was confirmed to join Unpretty Rapstar's second season. Her popularity exploded, causing the phenomenon "Girl Crush". As a consequence, her makeup and hairstyle became popular in South Korea.
|2007||Andy Lee||"Irrelevant Imagination"|
|2008||Lee Min Woo||"Honey"|
|Various artists||"Cry with Us"|
|"I Love Asia"|
|Kim Bum Soo||"Do You Know That?"|
|2009||Chun G||"Weak Man"|
|2010||JYP Nation||"This Christmas"|
|2013||Taecyeon and San E||"It's Time"|
|2014||Sunmi||"Who Am I?"|
|2015||Justin Thorne||"The Heartbroken"|
|Unpretty Rapstar (season 2) Contestants||"Don′t Stop"|
|The Quiett||"(Sakda)싹 다"|
||"Girls Girls"||Rap by Yubin|
||"I Feel You"|
|"Loved"||Music and lyrics by Yubin|
|2010||The Last Godfather||Herself||Cameo|
|2012||The Wonder Girls||Herself|
|2008||Here He Comes||MBC||Herself||Cameo|
|2013||The Virus||OCN||Lee Joo Yeong|
|2010||Show! Music Core||MBC||Co-Host||with Sunye & CN Blue Jung Yong-hwa|
|2011||Music Bank||KBS||Co-Host||with Sohee Shindong & Minho|
|2012||Running Man||SBS||Guest||Ep 117|
|2015||Unpretty Rapstar 2||Mnet||Contestant|
Music video appearances
|2008||Cry With Us||Various Artist||Herself|
|I Love Asia/ Smile Again||Various Artist||Herself|
|Once in a Lifetime||Shinhwa||Herself|
|10 Out of 10||2PM||Herself|
|2010||This Christmas||JYP Nation||Herself|
|2015||Don′t Stop||Unpretty Rapstar2 Contestants||Herself|
Awards and nominations
- Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 80. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1.
- Kim JiYeon (February 3, 2012). "Spica's Yang Ji Won Talks Being the Last Five Girls′ Girl". enewsWorld (CJ E&M). Retrieved February 18, 2015.
- Kim, Won-gyum (2007-09-05). 원더걸스, 새멤버 공개..19세 김유빈 (in Korean). Star News. Retrieved 2007-10-08.
- 김, 수경 (2015-11-23). "유빈 '무심한 헤어 걸크러쉬' 전문가의 리얼팁-'언프리티 랩스타2".