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Zion.T at the MBC Radio DJ Concert in September 2015
Zion.T at the MBC Radio DJ Concert in September 2015
Background information
Birth nameKim Hae-sol[1]
Born (1989-04-13) April 13, 1989 (age 34)
South Korea
  • Singer-songwriter
  • rapper
Years active2011–present
Revised RomanizationGim Hae-sol
McCune–ReischauerKim Haesol
Stage name
Revised RomanizationJaieonti

Kim Hae-sol (born April 13, 1989),[2] known as Zion.T (Korean자이언티), is a South Korean hip hop and R&B singer signed to The Black Label, a subsidiary label of YG Entertainment managed by Teddy Park and Kush.[3] He has released a studio album, Red Light (2013)[4] and two extended plays. He has also been featured on tracks by well-known K-pop artists such as G-Dragon, Zico, and Psy.

Personal life[edit]

In an interview with Kpopeurope in 2014, Zion.T explained that he chose his stage name because "I am a Christian and so the "T" in my name is representative of the cross."[5]

In a 2017 CBS No Cut News interview, he said he was influenced by the American musician T-Pain. "There was a time when T-Pain's style of hip hop vocals were in. I really like T-Pain, so I used to emulate him a lot. [Evident in his debut single 'Click Me'.] This is something only my friends know, but I even had the nickname 'Zion.T-Pain'."[6]


Zion.T made his musical debut in 2011, collaborating with Korean hip hop artists such as Dok2, Crucial Star, Simon D, Primary and Gray. His first single, "Click Me", featuring Dok2, was released in April 2011.

On April 9, 2013, Zion.T's first studio album, Red Light, was released with the title track "Babay", featuring Gaeko.[4][7] The album was critically well-received.[citation needed]

That year, he featured on tracks by Infinite H, Dynamic Duo, Swings and G-Dragon.[8] In December, he released the EP Mirrorball ("미러볼") with the title track "Miss Kim" (미스 김).[9]

In 2014, he released the digital single "Yanghwa BRDG", which became a hit and contributed to his rising mainstream success as an artist in Korea.[10] The song's honest, personal nature connected with a wide range of audiences.[citation needed]

He also appeared on the soundtrack of the television drama series Pinocchio with the song "Kiss Me", and featured on songs by Seo In-young and The Quiett.[citation needed]

On February 1, 2015, he collaborated with the Korean R&B singer Crush on the single "Just" (그냥).[11] The same year, he released the digital singles "Zero Gravity" (무중력), "Eat" (꺼내 먹어요)[12] and "No Make Up" (노메이크업) and featured on singles by SHINee's Jonghyun, Yankie and Psy. That July, he participated in the biennial music festival event hosted by the MBC variety show Infinite Challenge, which resulted in a spike in domestic sales of his previously released singles.[13] For the event, he partnered with the Infinite Challenge cast member Haha to perform under the name Eutteugeottasi (으뜨거따시) with the song "$ponsor", later released in an album of the songs performed at the event.[14]

Zion.T finished the year with two wins at the annual Mnet Asian Music Awards,: Best Vocal Performance (Male) for "Eat " 꺼내먹어요 and Best Collaboration, with Crush, for the song "Just" 그냥, beating more well-established artistes in an idol-focused industry.[15]

In 2016, following the end of his contract with the hip hop label Amoeba Culture, he signed with The Black Label, a sub-label of YG Entertainment.[3][16] On February 1, 2017, he released his first EP under The Black Label, OO.[17]

In December 2017, he released his collaboration with the veteran singer Lee Moon-se, the song "Snow". It topped all major music charts in South Korea. Lee Moon-se said he listened to Zion.T's song more than 200 times to faithfully represent his song, and showed great affection towards Zion.T and his musical career.[18]

In August 2022, Zion.T established his own entertainment company, Standard Friends, and signed Wonstein as his first artist. He will still be represented by The Black Label as a singer.[19][20]


Studio albums

  • Red Light (2013)


Television shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
English Korean
2016 Show Me The Money 5 쇼미더머니 5 Mnet Producer with Kush
2017-2018 Mix Nine 믹스나인 JTBC Judge
2018 Hidden Singer 히든 싱어 Participant (Season 5; Episode 11)
2019 My Major is Hip Hop 내 전공은 힙합 V Live
Cast Member with Mino [21]
Sign Here 사인히어 MBN Judge Episode 5
2020 Song Farm! 곡FARM! Mnet Producer
Show Me the Money 9 쇼미더머니 9 with Giriboy
2021 Show Me the Money 10 쇼미더머니 10 with Slom [22]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year presented, name of the award ceremony, category, nominated work, and the result of the nomination
Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2014 Best R&B & Soul Album
Red Light
2015 7th MelOn Music Awards Top 10 Artists Won
Artist Of the Year Nominated
17th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Male Artist Nominated
Artist of the Year Nominated
Best Vocal Performance - Male[24] "Eat (꺼내 먹어요)" - Zion.T Won
Song of the Year Nominated
"Just (그냥)" - Zion.T X Crush Nominated
Best Collaboration & Unit Won
2016 25th Seoul Music Awards[25] Bonsang Award Won
Popularity Award Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated
30th Golden Disk Awards Digital Daesang "Eat (꺼내 먹어요)" - Zion.T Nominated
Digital Bonsang Won
Popularity Award Nominated
Global Popularity Award Nominated
5th Gaon Chart Music Awards R&B Discovery of the Year Won
2017 19th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Male Artist Nominated
Best Vocal Performance - Male
"The Song (노래)" - Zion.T
9th MelOn Music Awards Album Of the Year OO Nominated
Top 10 Artists Nominated
Best R&B/Soul Award "The Song (노래)" - Zion.T Nominated
2018 32nd Golden Disk Awards Digital Bonsang Nominated
Global Popularity Award Nominated
27th Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Award Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated
7th Gaon Chart Music Awards Song of the Year – February
"The Song (노래)" - Zion.T
Song of the Year – December
"Snow" (눈) (feat. Lee Moon-se)


Name of publisher, year listed, name of listicle, and placement
Publisher Year Listicle Placement Ref.
Forbes 2016 Korea Power Celebrity 35th [26]


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