Kwon Ji-Yong (born August 18, 1988), better known by his stage name G-Dragon, is a South Korean recording artist and producer. A trainee under the record label YG Entertainment for six years, G-Dragon officially debuted as the leader and one of the two rappers for the Korean hip-hop group Big Bang. Since their debut, G-Dragon has involved himself with the production of their albums: he composed and wrote several tracks by himself, including "Lies," "Last Farewell," and "Haru Haru." During the hiatus of Big Bang, G-Dragon released his debut solo album, Heartbreaker (2009), which went on to become one of the most successful albums of the year, garnering sales of over 120,000 copies. --wikipedia
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G-Dragon is a South Korean singer, musician, and songwriter. He debuted at the age of 12, by participating in the Korean Hip Hop Flex album in 2001, as the youngest member of the group. In 2002, he was scouted to YG Entertainment, and after 6 years of practice, he became the leader of a Korean band, Big Bang, in 2006. He is now the vocal and rapper of the team, and also contributes to various album production. He also writes lyrics and songs; he created many hit songs. He has opened a new, revolutionary era for the Korean music industry with the success "Lies," which was quite new in Korea at the time. His boom continued with the success of "Last Farewell", "Haru Haru", and "My Heaven"- which he worked on with a Japanese musician, Daishi Dance. He also became a famous fashionista, representing his own unique fashion style. He was awarded as one of the "Most Influential Men of 2008" (style part) sponsored by Arena magazine.
G-Dragon's music bases on Hip Hop. He listened to the music of The Wu-Tang Clan when he was 10 years old, and participated in Hip Hop Flex album in 2001. He continued practicing Hip Hop music while being a trainee at YG Entertainment. However, his music after the debut not only limits itself in Hip Hop, but also in fusion genres; in "Lies", he combined house and Hip Hop; in his solo piece "But I Love U", he sampled Redd Holt Unlimited's Rhu in jazz in Hip Hop. In "Oh My Friend", he fused rock and rap, collaborating with No Brain, and in "Strong Baby", which he composed with Bae Jin Ryul, is a pop-dance music. G-Dragon expands his music career to not only in hiphop, but to a broad spectrum of genres. However, like he said in YG Bounce interview, he "does not want to be limited to merely rapping, and is open-minded to all possibilities. But his identity can be defined as a rapper, if in need of a definition."
From his debut, G-Dragon has drawn attention from many through his sense of fashion. He usually wears London street fashion, and likes to have unique accessories to accompany his style. In his recent interview with YG Bounce, he said, "by the time others imitate my style, I would be in a different appearance. it is not fun to look the same like others. because I don’t want to be the same, I think over and over to look unique". G-Dragon is not just interested in fashion, but he is passionate in collecting information over the internet and thinking over it. In Big Bang's autobiography, he wrote, "for me, my fashion is not merely of clothes nor brands, but are wings to describe my identity. If music is the energy to drive myself, clothes are the sources which I can expand myself upon. if time permits, I want to work in the fashion industry one day while I write my songs, from time to time I design my own clothes."
Despite his success, G-Dragon has not been free of any controversies. G-Dragon has been subjected to allegations of plagiarism. The first hit by Big Bang, "Lies" was composed by G-Dragon. The first few seconds of the song "Lies" have been the accused of plagiarizing FreeTEMPO's "Sky High." Legal action was never taken, as the composer of "Sky High" said, "Even though it sounds very similar, it has a completely different feeling." Most lately, G-Dragon's "Heartbreaker" has been accused of plagiarising Flo-Rida's "Right Round" and another song of plagiarising Oaisis's "She's Electric." Legal action has not yet been taken.
G-Dragon's choice of clothing in the last episode of Big Bang's documentary. In this episode, G-Dragon can be seen wearing a T-Shirt with a picture of a nude woman on it. It has been censored, but not enough to be not recognized. Also, G-Dragon also performed in a concert wearing a T-Shirt with stickers on it that said "I love sex, "69," and "F*** U Too." G-Dragon has apologized for such actions.
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Postion in Big Bang: Leader / Main Rapper
Education: Seoul Korean Traditional Arts Middle & High School
Skills: Rapping, Dancing, Beat Boxing, Composing, Singing, and Languages (Chinese, English)
Debut: DaeHanMinGook Hip Hop Flex (2001)
Hobbies: Drawing pictures, listening to music, and composing
Likes: Fashion, Acting, Cooking, Crispy Donuts, Dogs, Cars, The Drawing ‘Is it like stars or skeleton‘, books (poems, mangas, and magazines), watching cartoons, and himself
Family Members: Parents and Older Sis [Dami]
Personality: He is pretty bright…when he is quiet he is extremely quiet. He lightens the mood a lot. He leads the group. His senses are fast, has high self esteem and likes to be outstanding.
Pendent: A bball cap (GD’s favorite style of cap) on top of a star meaning “to become a big star in the music industry.”
* Has 3 tattoos, 2 on his inner arms: right is “vita dolce” meaning sweet life in Italian and “moderato” on his left meaning moderate (a musical term) done on May 2007 by Carey Heart (husband of U.S. artist Pink) at famous tattoo parlor “Hart & Hurtington Tattoo Parlor” at Palms Casino in Las Vegas, 1 on his back: "Too fast to live, too young to die"
* “G-Dragon” comes from his original name “Ji Yong”because Yong means “dragon” and Ji sounds just like a “G”
* Love it when people call him “Kwon Leader”
* Older Sis, Dami owns online clothing store called “Style Love” or “Style Luv” Website
* Lie was suppose to be GD’s solo because he wrote it, but in the end they decided to sing as a group
* GD childhood friend is KangIn from Super Junior
* GD’s most prized possesion and he grew a habit of orgnizing it all the time is his shoes hats clothes. The reason “Even though it’s only clothes, once you loose it, you can’t just buy it back.”
* He hates when people compliment and notice just his looks instead of realizing him for his talent.
See Big Bang
- 1st Digital Single [나만 바라 봐(Look Only At Me) Part2 : G-Dragon]
- 1st Solo Album: Heartbreaker [Released August, 18 2009]
01. 소년이여 (A Boy)
04. Butterfly (feat. Jin Jung)
05. Hello (feat. Sandara Park
06. Gossip Man (feat. Kim Gun-Mo)
07. Korean Dream (feat. Tae Yang
08. The Leaders(feat. Teddy, CL
09. She’s gone (feat. kush)
10. 1년 정거장 (1 year station)
GD & TOP [December 24, 2010]
02. High High (title song)
03. Oh Yeah (ft. Park Bom
04. 집에 가지마 (Don't Go Home/ Jibe Gajime)
05. Baby Good Night
07. Turn It Up (TOP's solo)
08. Of All Days
09. Oh, Mom
11. 어쪄란 말이냐
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[2001.09.04] Perry - 1st Album [Perry By Storm] (Track 01. Storm (with Jinusean, Masta Wu);
[2002.04.03] Wheesung - 1st Album [Like A Movie] (Track 7. Magic Eye)
[2003.03.08] Se7en - 1st Album [Just Listen] (Track 01. Intro (with Perry))
[2003.06] Masta Wu - 1st Album [Masta Peace] (Track 02. 허수아비 (Scarecrow))
[2006.03.07] Se7en - 3rd Album [24/7] (Track 14. Run (With Taeyang))
[2006.11.01] Se7en - 4th Album [Se7olution] (Track 07. Can You Feel Me)
[2006.12.26] 박봄 (Park Bom) - Anystar Park Bom Ver.
[2007.04.] Lexy - 3rd Album [Rush] (Track 07. Super Fly (with T.O.P, Taeyang))
[2007.07.19] 무가당(Moo Gadang) - Digital Single Album (Track 01. 오에오 (Oh, Ah, Oh))
[2007.10] 김조한(Kim Johan) - 5th Album [Soul Family With Johan] (Track 04. So In Love Part 2)
[2008.03.12] 거미(Gummy) - 4th Album [Comfort] (Track 01. Work It Now (Intro))
[2008.05.22] 태양(Taeyang) - 1st Mini Album [HOT] (Track 05. Baby I'm So Sorry)
[2008.06.16] 대성(Daesung) - Digital Single [날 봐, 귀순] (Track 01. 날 봐, 귀순 (Look at me, Gwisun))
[2008.07.01] 엄정화(Uhm Junghwa) - 1st Mini Album [D.I.S.C.O] (Track 04. Party)
[2008.09.01] 엄정화(Uhm Junghwa) - Digital Single [D.I.S.C.O Part2] (Track 01. D.I.S.C.O Part 2)
[2008.10.10] YMGA - 1st Mini Album [Made In R.O.K] (Track 04. What (with YG Family, DJ Wreckx))
[2008.12.30] FILA Limited Edition With Big Bang - Digital Single (Stylish)
[2009.01.29] 대성(Daesung) - Digital Single [대박이야] (Track 01. 대박이야 (Big Hit!))
[2009.03.18] HITE Digital Single (So Fresh So Cool)
[2009.03.27] Big Bang & 2NE1 - Lollipop Digital Single (Track 01. Lollipop)
[2009.05.13] W-inds. - Single Album [Rain Is Fallin'/Hybrid Dream] (Track 01. Rain Is Fallin')
[2009.08.18] Jin Jung - GD's album [Heartbreaker] (Track 04. Butterfly)
[2009.08.18] Dara - GD's album [Heartbreaker] (Track 05. Hello)
[2009.08.18] Kim Gun Mo - GD's album [Heartbreaker] (Track 06. Gossip Man)
[2009.08.18] Taeyang - GD's album [Heartbreaker] (Track 07. Korean Dream)
[2009.08.18] Teddy & CL - GD's album [Heartbreaker] (Track 08. The Leaders)
[2009.08.18] Kush - GD's album [Heartbreaker] (Track 09. She's Gone)