Kang Hee-gun(born February 24, 1978),better known by his stage nameGary( Korean :개리, often spelled asGarie), is a South Korean rapper . Besides a solo artist, he is also the rapper and lyricist of the hip-hop duo Leessang . Since their formation in 2002, the group has produced a total of eight albums and had several hits under their belt. In 2014, Gary made his debut as a solo artist with the mini-albumMr.Gae. Despite the album being banned by all major TV broadcast stations for its 19+ content, his songs still managed to top several charts.He and long time collaborator Jung In later went on to form the duo, Jung In & Gary. The two released the singles "Your Scent" and "Bicycle."Aside from his own work, Gary has been featured in works by many famous artists such as Psy , Baek Ji Young , Lee Hyori , Dynamic Duo , and MC Mong . He is also currently a cast member of the variety showRunning Man.
He was an amateur boxer for 10 years.
In an interview, Gary said they had neither the look or the talent which made them quit the group.
2000 Korea, in the year 2000. When Diggity left the group, Gary and Gil changed the name to LeeSsang .
The title song from Asura Balbalta , "Turn Off the TV" managed to stay at the top of the Melon chart for 25 days in a row.
Three major TV broadcast stations, MBC, KBS, and SBS, all deemed the album unfitting for broadcast, stating reasons such as explicit lyrics and being too sexually provocative. Despite the ban, Gary‘s title track “Shower Later” clenched the number 1 spot on 8 real-time music charts.
Gary later commented on the ban saying that he felt confined by his image and wanted to break the mold.
The two later released their second collaboration "Bicycle" in September 2014.
In September 2015, Gary released his second solo album, 2002. The title track of the album is "Get Some Air" featuring Mi-woo of Leessang Company. Several other tracks in this album also featured Koonta, Deepflow, Skull, Jay Park, DJ Pumpkin, Park Myung-ho Double K, Don Mills, Jung-in, John Park and Young-jun of Brown Eyed Souls.
In January 2016, Gary released a single, "Lonely Night" featuring Gaeko of Dynamic Duo. A music video was released on the same day, featuring actress and fellow cast mate of Running Man, Song Ji-hyo. Gary was nominated as a no.1 candidate on SBS Inkigayo on January 10, 2016 and subsequently won the award.
|2002||Brown Eyes||I Wanna Fall in Love With You|
|2004||Kim Bum Soo||About Eternity|
|Dynamic Duo||It's Alright|
|Eun Ji Won||Gotta Go|
|2006||Jang Hye Jin||Firework|
|2009||Fly to the Sky||Hide and Seek|
|Kim Jong Kook||Come Back to Me|
|Dynamic Duo||Keep The Change|
|Baek Ji Young||Voice|
|C-Luv,Crush||Where Do You Wanna Go?|
|Kim Jong Kook||Words I Want to Say to You|
|2013||Jung In||Let's Walk a Little|
|2014||MC Mong||Broken Fan|
|2015||Young Jun||Thinking of You|
|2016||Park Myung Ho||Bed Room|
|San E||Like An Airplane|
|2002||Mnet Music Video Festival||Hip-Hop Artist of the Year||Leessang||Won|
|2003||Hip-Hop Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|2005||Korean Music Awards||Hip-Hop Song of the Year||Nominated|
|2007||Mnet/KM Music Awards||Hip-Hop Song of the Year||Nominated|
|Music Video of the Year||Nominated|
|Song of the Year||Nominated|
|2007||Cyworld Digital Music Awards||Song of the Month||Won|
|2009||Best Collaboration of the Year||Won|
|MIAK Golden Disc Awards||Hip-Hop Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|Album of the Year||Nominated|
|Mnet Asian Music Awards||Music Video of the Year||Nominated|
|Hip-Hop Artist of the Year||Won|
|2010||4th SBS Entertainment Award||Variety New Star Award||Running Man||Won|
|Cyworld Digital Music Awards||Bonsang||Leessang||Won|
|Cyworld Digital Music Awards||Best Collaboration of the Year||Won|
|2011||MelOn Music Awards||Top 10 Artists||Won|
|Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best Rap Performance||Won|
|2012||5th SBS Entertainment Award||Excellence Award in Variety||Running Man||Won|
|2013||NATE Awards||Best Couple with Song Ji-hyo||Won|
|7th SBS Entertainment Awards||Best Couple Award with Song Ji-hyo||Nominated|
|Melon Music Awards||Rap/Hip-Hop Award||Leessang– "Tears"|
( Korean :눈물)
|MelOn Music Awards||Song of the Year||Nominated|
|2014||Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best Rap Performance||"Shower Later"||Nominated|
|Best Collaboration with Jung-in||"Your Scent"||Nominated|
|Singapore Entertainment Awards||Nominated|
|2nd Annual DramaFever Awards||Best Kiss with Song Ji-hyo||Running Man||Won|
|Best Couple Not Meant To Be with Song Ji-hyo||Nominated|
|2015||2014 Youku Night Awards||Won|
|Mnet Asian Music Awards||"Get Some Air"|
( Korean :바람이나 좀 쐐)
|9th SBS Entertainment Awards||Running Man||Won|
|2014||June 7||Your Scent|
|2016||January 10||Lonely Night|
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