Tiger JK


Tiger JK(born July 29, 1974; as Seo Jung-kwon Hangul : 서정권, Hanja : 徐廷權)) is a Korean-American rapper, best known as one of the founding members of hip hop group Drunken Tiger . He is the founder and former CEO of Jungle Entertainment an imprint distributed by CJ E&M . JK and Drunken Tiger are also noted collaborators of various South Korean hip hop artists, and are the basis of the South Korean hip hop joint movement known as simply "Movement" or "The Movement".He has released nine studio albums under Drunken Tiger, and continues to collaborate with that said group today. In addition to his musical career he has most recently started entrepreneurship releasing his own brand of "Beats", headphones titled "Tigerbeats", and has even started his own clothing brand.His legendary status extends beyond that of South Korea, and is often compared with famed American rappers in terms of style and lyrical content. He and Drunken Tiger are also considered the true pioneers of the Hip hop scene in South Korea (the other said pioneers being Yang Hyun Seuk, and Seo-Tai-ji).

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 Tiger JK's Early life

Jung-kwon was born in Seoul , South Korea on July 29 (corresponding to the 11th day of the 6th month in the lunar calendar ) 1974the first of three siblings born to South Korean parents . At age twelve he and his family immigrated to the United States where the family briefly lived Miami , Florida (a prominently non-Korean area) where he practiced Taekwondo and earned his 5th rank black belt in 1990. The family later moved to California and was raised in Los Angeles , California where he attended and graduated from Beverly Hills High School where he was partially racially discriminated. As a teen living in Los Angeles he witnessed the violence between Korean Americans and African Americans during the 1992 Los Angeles Riots ; JK was determined to close the gap between the two races within his community with his rhymes. He later attended and graduated from UCLA , with a major in English .

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 Tiger JK's Musical career

1990s - 1998: Beginning of Drunken Tiger and success

At age sixteen he met Micki Eyes, later to be a member of Drunken Tiger, and performed in a rap festival in Los Angeles. He later caught the eye of Oasis Entertainment of South Korea, got signed, and released his first solo album,Enter The Tiger. The album achieved major success, but due to censorship, the songs were banned from being played on radio stations.Soon after the release of American rapper Ice Cube 's highly controversial songBlack Korea, Tiger JK teamed up with east coast rapper DJ Shine , to form the duo Drunken Tiger in 1998. Although the group was formed in the U.S., the group debuted in South Korea as well. The group immediately gained major popularity with songs such asI Want YouandDo You Know Hip hop?.

1998 - present: Criticism, withdrawal of DJ Shine, Legendary status, and further activities

Initially, Drunken Tiger was criticized for generating controversy due to their lyrics' explicit content and rebellious attitude towards mainstream music trends. Nevertheless, they continued to write their own music, perform in local shows, and gather a large following. The group would go on to release five albums, before DJ Shine would leave for personal reasons in early 2005.

Throughout Tiger JK's career, he has also written and composed many hip-hop songs in South Korea for many well known hip-hop artists in the country. In mid-2006, Drunken Tiger established a hip-hop record label named Jungle Entertainment , whose roster includes many well known hip-hop artists.

Today, Tiger JK continues to perform under the Drunken Tiger stage name, and is still considered one of South Korea's most respected Hip hop artists. He and DJ Shine are considered the true pioneers of the hip-hop scene in South Korea.His eighth album, entitled Feel gHood Muzik : The 8th Wonder was released on June 29, 2009.

On January 25, 2012, JK has been revealed to worked with Fly to the Sky 's member Brian Joo 's album.

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 Tiger JK's Influences and rapping style

Tiger JK has credited Jamaican singer Bob Marley for his musical style and numerous American rappers as well. He has demonstrated his Reggae style, gangsta rap style and West Coast hip hop in Drunken Tiger songs, Tiger JK is praised for various aspects of his rapping technique by numerous other rappers – these techniques include: his varied and humorous subject matter, connecting with his audience, carrying a concept over a series of albums, unique rhyme schemes, his ability to bend words so that they rhyme, his use of syllabic rhymes fitting many rhymes in each bar, complex rhythms, use of melody, and syncopation.

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 Tiger JK's Equipment and musical instruments

Tiger JK often uses common samplers and typical synthesizers and can play the electric guitar and electronic keyboardscoaching his artists. Although he rarely is seen playing instruments on stage he is an exceptional pianist as demonstrated in the song8:45 Heavenpiano intro.

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 Tiger JK's Personal life


Tiger JK and singer/rapper Yoon Mirae secretly wed in 2007. The couple have one son named Jordan Seo who was born in mid-2008.

Health problems

Tiger JK was diagnosed with transverse myelitis in 2006,which led to a two-year hiatus from performing.

Drug possession trial

Tiger JK was arrested for possession of methamphetamine in 2000, even though some say there was strong evidence that Tiger JK did not use drugs. He served community service as a penalty, and the band received a two year promotion ban.

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 Tiger JK's Clothing line


Shortly after discovering having Transverse Myelitis, Tiger JK began his clothing line namedLUNGTAin 2006.

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 Tiger JK's Entrepreneurship

After ex- NWA rapper and famed hip hop producer Dr. Dre released his signature high performance "Beats" headphones, Tiger JK released his own kind of the same headphones titled "Tigerbeats", on May 20, 2011, for 690,000 won (630.00 USD ).Tiger JK amongst the select few and the first Korean artist to release his own collection of headphones under the Dre brand.

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 Tiger JK's Record releases

  • 1995:Enter the Tiger- Released under Artist name Tiger JK
  • 1999:Year Of The Tiger- Released under Artist name Drunken Tiger
  • 2000:The Great Rebirth- Released under Artist name Drunken Tiger
  • 2001:The Legend Of...- Released under Artist name Drunken Tiger
  • 2003:Foundation- Released under Artist name Drunken Tiger
  • 2004:One is not a Lonely Word- Released under Artist name Drunken Tiger
  • 2005:1945 Liberation- Released under Artist name Drunken Tiger
  • 2007:Sky Is The Limit- Released under Artist name Drunken Tiger
  • 2009:Feel gHood Muzik : The 8th Wonder- Released under Artist name Drunken Tiger

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 Tiger JK's Television appearances

Though neither him nor Drunken Tiger have had many appearances outside of music programmes, he along with his wife has made special appearances on the popular South Korean variety shows Infinity Challenge , High Kick , and Running Man .

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 Tiger JK's Endorsements

  • Hite w/Drunken Tiger
  • Kia w/Drunken Tiger
  • Reebok w/Drunken Tiger
  • Yahoo w/Drunken Tiger
  • CJ One Card w/Drunken Tiger
  • Girodono w/Drunken Tiger

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