Eun Ji-won

은지원 / Eun Ji Won

Eun Ji-won(born June 8, 1978) is a South Korean rapper, host, dancer, composer and former leader of the first generation idol group Sechs Kies (젝스키스). After the group's disbandment in 2000, Eun pursued a solo career in 2001 with his first single ("A-Ha") and has mainly focused on hip-hop ever since. In addition to his music career, he has appeared on hit shows, both on TV and web, like1 Night 2 Days,Reply 1997andNew Journey to the West .

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 Eun Ji-won's Early life

When he came back to South Korea , he continued his studies in Korea Kent Foreign School .

His mother used to be part of a girl group called, "Lily Sisters".

Eun Ji-won's nickname in Sechs Kies was "Soy Sauce" (깜시) because of his dark skin."Eun Choding"("Kid Eun") was a later nickname on the reality - variety showHappy Sunday: 1 Night 2 Daysbecause of his boyish behavior.

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 Eun Ji-won's Career

1997–2000: Sechs Kies[edit]

Main article: Sechs Kies

Eun Ji-won and Kang Sung-hoon were discovered by a Daesung Entertainment's president, Lee Ho Yeon, who was vacationing in Hawaii. Lee formed a six-member group in which Eun became the leader, main rapper and sub-vocalist.

He said the group's record label planned many of their media appearances without consulting the members. During this time, the group's popularity rivaled that of H.O.T.

With former members[edit]

Although Sechs Kies disbanded in 2000, in 2002 Eun performed with former member Kang Sung-hoon and J-Walk's Kim Jae-duc and Jang Su-won . In 2007, he performed with J-Walk on a number of music shows, including KBS'Yoon Do Hyun's Love Letter(where they performed the Sechs Kies song, "Couple") andMusic Bank(performing Eun's "Adios" and J-Walk's "Light Storm"). Eun and J-Walk performed "Couple" at Lee Soo-geun's wedding on March 2, 2008. Eun was featured on the third J-Walk album's title track, "My Love" and in its music video.

Solo career[edit]

2000–2002: Beginning[edit]

After Sechs Kies disbanded Eun began his solo career in 2000 with an EP including "A-Ha" on October 27, 2000. He wrote all the songs on his first solo album,G Pop, which was released on March 29, 2001. After his successful first album, Eun refined his style and experimented with his music on his second album,Heavy G.

2003–2005: Third-album breakthrough[edit]

(with the single "Drunk on Melody"), was released on September 5, 2005.He later reissued his third album, including a "winter version" of "Mikasaro" and "Never Ever" from his first solo album. "Drunk on Melody" won Eun the Hip Hop Award at the 2003 SBS Gayo Awards and the KMTV Korean Music Awards. He has performed the song twice on stage with Tiger JK of Drunken Tiger on KBS'Yoon Do Hyun's Love Letter.

2004: Screen debut[edit]

Eun starred in the romantic comedyMarrying a High-School Girl (여고생 시집가기)with Lim Eun-kyung by first-time director Oh Deok-hwan, which was released on December 23, 2004. He played Park Ondal, a transfer student to the school attended by Pyung-gang (Lim). The film was about a high school girl who must marry a boy named "Ondal" before her sixteenth birthday, and have a baby within a year; otherwise, she would die.

2006: Hip-hop movement[edit]

Eun went on hiatus from the industry in mid-2006, but appeared once again when TheMovement(무브먼트) (a group of rappers and hip-hop artists throughout Korea) staged a concert on May 13, 2006. Many Movement artists have been featured on Eun's albums including Drunken Tiger , Tasha (Yoon Mi Rae) , Dynamic Duo and Bobby Kim .

2007–2008: Comeback[edit]

Eun is part of 13 Creative Unit, a subsidiary of Eyagi Entertainment (which also produces singer Hwang Bo and actress Park Si Yeon).

In mid-2007, Eun appeared on the KBS reality - variety showHappy Sunday: 1 Night 2 Days. He replaced Kim Jong Min (who left for military service) on MBC'sCome To Play (놀러와). Eun was a cast member of SBS'Burst! Mental Concentration(작렬! 정신통일) before the show's cancellation in September 2007.

In June 2008, Eun collaborated with J-Walk ( Kim Jae-duc and Jang Su-won , formerly of Sechskies ) on a song for J-Walk's album, "My Love". Later that year Eun releasedG Code; its single was "Dangerous", a sample of Kardinal Offishall featuring Akon 's version of " Dangerous ".

2009: GYM Entertainment and fifth album[edit]

In early 2009 Eun left CH Entertainment and started his own company, GYM Entertainment. The first artist to be released in his company was singer-rapper Gilme; Eun appeared on Gilme's debut song, "Love Cuts", and has performed the song on stage with her.

After a year's hiatus from the music scene Eun released his fifth full-length studio album,Platonic. The lead track, "Siren", is an electronic dance song with hip-hop rhythms. Eun collaborated with Mr. Tyfoon, Gilme and2 Days & 1 Nightmember Lee Su-geun on the album. The album was jointly released by GYM Entertainment and Starship Entertainment .

2011: Clover[edit]

, on a number of musical shows.

2013: HotSechgodRG[edit]

On April 9, 2013, Chun Myung Hoon , Tony An , Moon Hee Jun , Eun Ji Won, and Danny Ahn appeared at the new show on QTV, 'Handsome Boys of the 20th Century'.

'Handsome Boys of the 20th Century' was started when Moon Hee Jun invited five 1st generation idols to discuss things they couldn't in the past. He presented the idea that they would reflect on their idol days and where they are now. The show, starring H.O.T. 's Moon Hee Jun and Tony An, NRG 's Chun Myung Hoon, Sechs Kies 's Eun Ji Won, and g.o.d 's Danny Ahn, thus naming themselves HotSechGodRG — a combination of each member's previous idol group names.

These particular members have been appearing on many entertainment programs both mainstream and cable, such as “Immortal Songs 2”, “Happy Together” and “20th Century Pretty Boys” etc.

The group continued to garner much praise in the later half of 2013 and announced that they were preparing for a Christmas concert (Legend Back). Unfortunately, Tony encountered some legal trouble and had to withdraw from the group and the public eye. The concert was canceled as they felt they couldn’t go on without Tony.

In early 2014, things grew quiet for the team, but in May, it was announced that HOTSechgodRG would return for a new show in July.

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 Eun Ji-won's Personal life

2010: Marriage[edit]

1 Night 2 Dayson April 23 for his marriage; however, due to the ROKSCheonansinking episodes that were to be aired during April (when the cast traveled along Korea's coastline) were postponed or canceled. This allowed Eun to extend his honeymoon.

; he said it was like filming a commercial with his wife.The couple's new home was in Yeouido . On April 29 the first photo of the wedding ceremony was leaked to the public, in which the couple is walking down the aisle with family and friends congratulating them.

2013: Divorce announcement[edit]

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 Eun Ji-won's Discography

Sechs Kies discography[]

Solo discography[]

Clover discography[]

  • 2011:Classic Over
  • 2011:Knowing My Brother(아는 오빠)
  • 2012:Pork Soup(돼지 국밥)

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 Eun Ji-won's Filmography

Music Videos[]

Sechskies career[]

1997 song of a School life(학원별곡)
1997 The way of Man(사나이 가는 갈/폼생폼사)
1997 For you
1998 Road Fighter
1998 Reckless Love(무모한 사랑)
1998 Leaving You(너를 보내며)
1998 Couple(커플)
1998 Prayer(기도)
1999 Envision(예감)
1999 Summer in love
2000 Thanks

Solo career[]

2001 MurMur(내게 오는 길)
2003 Drunken in Melody(만취 In Melody)
2005 All Famy/Owl(올빼미)
2005 Love Theory
2007 Adios Mr.Tyfoon
2008 Dangerous
2009 Siren Mr.Tyfoon
2010 While Buzzed(술김에)
2015 What U Are Gilme
2015 Trauma(트라우마) Kim Hee-jung

Clover career[]

2011 La Vida Loca
2011 A Guy I know(아는 오빠)

HotSechgodRG career[]

2013 May i love you / i can do it(할수있어)

Featurings MV[]

2008 Fox Moon Ji Eun
2008 My Love J-Walk
2008 Blazing Sun(불타는 태양) Mr. Typhoon
2008 Let's Go As Far As We Can( 갈때까지 가보자) Lee Soo-geun
2009 Love Cuts(러브 컷츠) Gilme
2009 Beautiful Lady ICON
2010 Present(선물) K.Will


1998 Seventeen Kim Joon Tae
2004 Marrying a High-School Girl Park Ondal
2009 The Missing Lynx Lynx (dubbing)


2001MBC Nonstop Eun Ji Won Special Guest
2002MBC Nonstop Eun Ji Won Special Guest
2003MBC Nonstop Eun Ji Won Special Guest
2007MBC New Heart Eun Ji Won Cameo
2012tvN Reply 1997 Do Hak Chan
2013tvN Reply 1994 Do Hak Chan Cameo


YearNetworkShowPartner Host
2000SBS SBS Inkigayo Huh E-jae
2009MBC Lord of the Rings (반지의 제왕) Lee Soo-geun,Marco
2010KBS Idol League Moon Hee-joon
2013Qtv Handsome Boy Radio - EunHee Clinic Moon Hee-joon
2013KBS 미녀와야수 beauty and the best' Lee Soo-geun,Jo Kwon
2013–2014KBS Immortal Songs 2 Moon Hee-joon
2013–2015KBS Vitamin Lee Hwi-jae, Park Eun Young
2014JTBC Same Age Moon Hee-joon,Kim Gura,Brian Joo

Variety Shows[]

2003MBC 패러디극장 옥탑방 구렁이
2006SBS Truth & False (있다! 없다?)
2007SBS Jiwhaza (작렬! 정신통일)
2007KBS Are You Ready? (해피선데이: 준비됐어요)'
2009SBS Intimate Note Season 2 (절친노트 2)
2009MBC School Mobile World Card (스쿨 문자지존)
2010KBS Star Golden Bell season 2
2011KBS Oh!My School (100 out of 100 points)
2011KBS Secret
2011MBC Star King
2007 - 2012KBS 1 Night 2 Days
2012-2013tvN Three Idiots
2012Mnet Show Me The Money
2012JTBC High Society
2012MBC I Live Alone
2013SBS Running Man- ep.141
2013Qtv 20th Century Handsome Boys
2013SBS Barefooted Friends
2013MBC Star Gazing
2013SBS Thank you
2013 - 2014tvN The Genius 2
2014KBS Million Seller
2014MBC World Changing Quiz Show (hotsechgodrg), (best friend special)
2014KBS 1 Night 2 DaysSeason 3 Ep. 24
2014OnStyle Where Is My Super Hero
2014KBS Family Dignity House - ep.48, ep.69
2014SBS Running Man- ep.209
2014SBS Magic Eye
2014tvN First Day of Work
2015KBS The Human Condition
2015JTBC Off to School
2015SBS Law of the Jungle
2016MBC Infinite Challenge- Episode 476, 477, 478.

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 Eun Ji-won's Endorsement

YearCompany NameBrand NameItemCo-star
1998Mr HammerSnackFoodSechs Kies
2008NepaNepaClothingMC Mong
2008BHCBHC ChikenFoodMC Mong
2008New EraSnap Back HatHat
2009Home PlusMallMallMC Mong , Kang Ho-dong , Lee Soo-geun , Lee Seung-gi , Kim C
2011–presentKRTTravel AgencyTravel Agency

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 Eun Ji-won's Radio career

Eun was the first DJ on MBC FM4U (친한 친구), from 2002 to 2003.

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 Eun Ji-won's Awards


  • KMTV Korean Music Awards New Artist Award
  • Golden Disk Awards Bonsang Award
  • SBS Music Awards Bonsang Award
  • Golden Disk Awards, Bonsang Award
  • KMTV Korean Music Awards, Bonsang Award
  • The 9th Annual Seoul Music Awards , Daesang Award
  • KBS Music Awards , Bonsang Award
  • MBC Music Festival, Bonsang Award
  • SBS Music Awards, Bonsang Award
  • Golden Disk Awards, Bonsang Award
  • KMTV Korean Music Awards, Bonsang Award
  • MBC Music Festival, Bonsang Award
  • KBS Music Awards, Bonsang Award
  • SBS Music Awards, Bonsang Award


  • SBS Netizen Popularity Award, 1st Place (July)
  • KMTV Korean Music Awards, Hip Hop Award
  • SBS Gayo Awards, Hip Hop Award
  • KBS Entertainment Awards , Best Entertainer (December 26)
  • KBS Entertainment Awards , Best Entertainer Nomination
  • KBS Entertainment Awards , Daesang Award (awarded to all the 1 Night 2 Days Members)

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 Eun Ji-won's References

  1. 13 Creative Unit is a subsidiary company of Eyagi Entertainment.
  2. "Eun Ji Won Divorce Wife after 2 Years of Marriage". Soompi. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  3. (Korean) 네이버 인물검색: 궁금한 인물을 한눈에! - 은지원 Naver. November 25, 2008. Retrieved November 25, 2008.
  4. 멤버중 은지원과 강성훈이 이곳 하와이 미션 아카데미를 다녀 고향을 찾은 셈이 되었다
  5. 연예프리즘 대한민국 '연예계 귀족' 누가 있나?
  6. 은지원, 젝키 시절 H.O.T '땜빵' 거절할 수 없었던 이유
  7. 은지원 “젝키 해체, 최고이자 최악의 순간”
  8. (English) KBS World - Artist Search KBS World. Retrieved January 4, 2008.
  9. (English) Rapper Eun Returns with Latin Hiphop KBS Global. Retrieved October 30, 2007.
  10. (Korean) 은지원, 2년 6개월 만에 컴백… 라틴 힙합 'ADIOS' 발표 조이 뉴스 24. Retrieved October 30, 2007.
  11. (Korean) 은지원, 문지은 데뷔곡 '여우가' 피처링 참여...6년 우정 과시 Chosun. April 8, 2008. Retrieved April 10, 2008.
  12. (Korean) 은지원 그룹결성, 젝키해체 11년만에 길미-타이푼과 3인조 새출발 Nate News. March 22, 2011. May 10, 2011.
  13. (Korean) '영화같은' 은지원, 만남서 결혼까지 Star News. February 17, 2010. Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  14. (Korean) 은지원, 4월 첫사랑과 하와이서 결혼 Nate News. February 17, 2010. Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  15. (Korean) Eun Ji-won: 'I will marry my first love' KBS Global. February 18, 2010. Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  16. (English) Singer and "1 Night 2 Days" Star Eun Ji-won Leaves For His Wedding In Hawaii April 7, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
  17. (Korean) 은지원, 오늘(20일) 하와이서 결혼 Star News. April 20, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
  18. (Korean) 은지원, '1박2일' 녹화취소로 신혼여행 연장 Star News. April 22, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
  19. (Korean) 은지원 몰래 귀국현장 포착..편안한 옷차림 ‘새신랑 맞네’ Newsen. April 23, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
  20. (Korean) 은지원 결혼소감 "CF 찍는 기분" Star Today. April 23, 2010. April 23, 2010.
  21. (Korean) Kim, Myung Shin. `품절남` 은지원, 결혼 사진 전격 공개! Han Kyung. April 29, 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2010.
  22. Eun Ji Won Officially Announces He Divorced His Ex-Wife in August 2012 CJ E&M enewsWorld. February 28, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  23. (Korean) 하드보일드 매치, 맞짱 문희준 VS 은지원 1부 YTN Star. Retrieved January 4, 2008.
  24. (Korean) 하드보일드 매치, 맞짱 문희준 VS 은지원 2부 YTN Star. Retrieved January 4, 2008.

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