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Bang Yong-guk

Bang Yongguk
Birth name Bang Yongguk
Also known as Bbang; Jepp Blackman; Bang Bosal
Born (1990-03-31) March 31, 1990
Incheon, South Korea
Origin Republic of Korea
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Songwriter, rapper, singer, dancer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2008–Present
Labels TS Entertainment
Associated acts B.A.P, Kim Himchan, Jung Daehyun, Yoo Youngjae, Moon Jong Up, Zelo, Secret, Untouchable, Song Jieun, Yang Yoseob
Korean name
Hangul 방용국
Hanja 方容國
Revised Romanization Bang Yongguk
McCune–Reischauer Pang Yongguk

Bang Yongguk (Hangul: 방용국; born March 31, 1990), often simply known as Yongguk, Bang or Jepp Blackman, is a South Korean songwriter, rapper, singer and dancer. He is the leader and the main rapper of the South Korean group B.A.P.

In 2007, Yongguk was part of an underground hip-hop group called Soul Connection under the alias of "Jepp Blackman". In March 2011, he was featured in Song Jieun's Going Crazy and the single became a number one hit in South Korea. In July, Yongguk released his first solo digital single "I Remember", featuring BEAST's Yoseob. He afterwards promoted in a sub-unit called Bang&Zelo with fellow B.A.P member Zelo. Bang&Zelo released their single "Never Give Up" in November, 2011.


1990–2010: Early life and career beginnings

Bang Yongguk was born in Incheon, South Korea, on March 31, 1990.[1] Yongguk has an older, identical twin brother named Yongnam, who has also done some underground performing, and an older sister named Natasha.[2] Despite being born in Incheon, he and his family moved to Ijak island when he was young. He was not able to talk until he was five years old (as revealed on the B.A.P. members profiles). He recalled that he didn't have many memories living on Ijak island as their family lived there for a short period of time and came back to Incheon.[2] Yongguk studied at Gae Woong Elementary School and Gae Woong Middle School, and at 18 graduated at the Yoo Han High School. In 2008, he was a member in an underground hip hop group called "Soul Connection" under the stage name of "Jepp Blackman" and the group released a single entitled "Cherry Flower".[2][3] When asked how he became a singer, Yongguk commented, "It goes back to middle school. At that time, I was doing underground hiphop. After becoming an adult, I was introduced to TS Entertainment by Untouchable hyungs, and entered this company. After that, I was preparing for B.A.P and did other promotional activities, the time of preparation with B.A.P was about one year. For myself, it took me 6 years before I debuted."[4]

2011: "Going Crazy", "I Remember" and Bang&Zelo

Bang Yongguk wrote the rap parts of "Going Crazy".[5][6] His collaboration with Song Jieun became a smash hit in South Korea and it became their first number one single in the country.[7]

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On March 3, 2011 TS Entertainment revealed that Bang Yongguk will be the featured rapper in Song Jieun's "Going Crazy".[8] His duet with Jieun became a commercial and critical success, and fans praised Yongguk's performance for his "husky and fiery delivery".[7][9] On March 12, 2011, "Going Crazy" topped the Gaon Chart as well as Gaon's Digital and Streaming Chart.[7] The song garnered him popularity as he was on top of major portal search rankings in South Korea after the song's release.[9] After the release of “Going Crazy”, Yongguk has been requested for multiple broadcast appearances, as representatives expressed interest in his "handsome looks and professional stage performances". But TS Entertainment declined the offer and stated that “He’s still a trainee so he’s not set to appear in broadcasts other than for ‘Going Crazy’ promotions. However, thank you for giving your support to a new singer“.[10] Representatives from TS Entertainment shared their views on Bang Yongguk's performance and said, “Despite being a rookie, he received the opportunity to participate in Song Ji Eun’s solo album. He may be lacking, but thank you for showing him your interest.”[9] Through Naver, Yongguk shared his sentiments on promoting "Going Crazy":

I’ve realized that actually being on stage is vastly different from everything I’ve rehearsed for and that I still have more to learn. If there’s anything I’m disappointed in, it’s that I wish I had written the lyrics a bit better. I knew that I didn’t express the actions of a true stalker as well as I could have, and I’m regretful that I couldn’t show more on stage.[5][6]

On August 11, 2011, TS Entertainment released Yongguk's single, "I Remember" featuring Yang Yoseob of B2ST.[11] The song became a moderate success as it landed in the Top 10 on real time charts in South Korea after its release and peaked at number twenty-two on the Gaon Charts.[12] However, Bang Yongguk and Yoseob couldn't perform the song on music stations because according to KBS, the song was deemed unfit for broadcast due to several scenes containing shooting and violence.[13] On November 23, 2011, TS Entertainment formed a sub-unit group called Bang&Zelo from the then unknown group, B.A.P with member Zelo.[14] They debuted with the song "Never Give Up" on December 2, 2011.[15]

2012–Present: B.A.P

In March 2011, TS Entertainment already signaled that they will debut a boy band in 2012. Bang Yongguk was the first member to be revealed in TS Entertainment's upcoming boy band with singles such as "Going Crazy" and "I Remember".[16][17] In August 2011, TS Entertainment introduced its second member, Kim Him Chan and revealed that he will be an emcee in MTV's The Show.[18] In November 2011, TS Entertainment stated that they will debut a sub-unit group for their upcoming boy band previously known as "TS Baby" featuring Bang Yongguk and another member.[19] On January 26, 2012, Yongguk won the Best Hip Hop Artist award on Allkpop 2012 Awards.[20]

B.A.P debuted in January 2012 with their lead single "Warrior". On January 28, 2012, the group held its debut showcase concert in Seoul, South Korea with over 3,000 people attended the show.[21] Their debut single met them critical acclaim as various media outlets dubbed the song and its music video, "powerful and charismatic".[22][23] Yongguk performed at SBS Gayo Daejeon 2013 as part of a collaborative hip-hop stage featuring Tiger JK, Yoon Mirae, and Bizzy and also including Zico, Rap Monster and Eun Jiwon.[24]

Artistry and influences

Yongguk is the main rapper of the group.[25] Aside from K-Pop, Yongguk predominately does Hip-Hop music.[25] He cites 50 Cent, P. Diddy, Pharrell and other rappers as his musical influences.[26] Bang Yongguk commented, "My goal from the beginning wasn't becoming a K-pop singer. But seeing Supreme Team or Dynamic Duo who have popularized hip hop music [in Korea], I wanted to take part in it and make my contribution to the genre’s development."[2] Aside from being a rapper, he's also a song-writer, having written all the rap parts to B.A.P's songs himself, and participated in the composing of all B.A.P's songs in their debut album, Warrior (EP).[27][28]


For Bang's work with B.A.P, see B.A.P's discography.

Digital single albums

Year Album information Tracklisting Notes
2008 Cherry Flower
  • Released: 2008
  • Language: Korean
  • Label:
  1. "Cherry Flower"
  2. "Cherry Flower" (Inst.)
With Soul Connection


Year Title Peak chart positions Album


2008 "Cherry Flower" (with Soul Connection) Digital single
2011 "I Remember" (featuring Yang Yoseob) 22 Digital single
"Never Give Up" (with Bang&Zelo) 65 Digital single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Featured singles

Year Title Peak chart positions Album


2011 "Going Crazy" (with Song Jieun) 1 Digital single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Music videos

For Bang's work with B.A.P, see B.A.P's music videos.
Year Music video Length
2011 "Going Crazy" 4:23
"I Remember" 4:23
"Never Give Up" 4:27
2012 For A Year 5:02



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Mr. Idol Cameo Himself with Kim Him Chan

Television series

Year Network Show Role Notes
2011 MBC Lullu Lalla (일밤 룰루랄라 예고편) Himself Regular cast
2012 SBS MTV Ta-dah It's B.A.P Himself Regular cast
2012 Mnet B.A.P's Killing Camp Himself Regular cast

Music Video appearances

Year Music video Artist Role
2011 "Going Crazy" Song Ji Eun, ft. Yongguk Stalker Guy
"Shy Boy" Secret Shy boy
"Starlight Moonlight" Secret Ticket seller
"Never Give Up" Bang&Zelo Student
2012 "One Year" Zia Angry Boy

Music shows

Year Network Title Role Notes
2012 Mnet M! Countdown Guest MC With B.A.P, RT M! Countdown (2012-02-23)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
2011 Allkpop Awards Best Hip Hop Artist Won[20]


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  2. ^ a b c d Hwang Hyo-Jin (2012-03-09). "(INTERVIEW) B.A.P Bang Yong-guk, Him Chan". 10asia. 10아시아. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  3. ^ "TS Entertainment reveals past photos of Ji Eun’s rapper, Bang Yongguk". Newsen. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Choi Se-Jung (2012-02-23). "「B.A.P」を探れ!~アナザー・エピソード 1~". Korean Pia News (in 한국어). PIA Corporation. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  5. ^ a b '활동 마감' 송지은-방용국 "아쉽지만 이제 본연의 자리로" (in 한국어). Naver (NHN Corp.). Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  6. ^ a b """SECRET’s Song Ji Eun & Bang Yongguk share their feelings on concluding "Going Crazy. 6theory Media. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  7. ^ a b c Lee, Hyo-jin (March 18, 2011). 시크릿 송지은, 가온차트 1위 ′돌풍′ [Secret's Song Ji-eun "blasts" to Gaon Chart number one]. Gaon Chart (in 한국어). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  8. ^ "SECRET’s Song Ji Eun releases her "Going Crazy" MV". 6theory Media. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  9. ^ a b c 시크릿 송지은'‘미친거니' 참여 훈남 래퍼는 누구?! (in 한국어). Nate (SK Communications). Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  10. ^ 방용국, 송지은 `미친거니` 덕에 방송섭외 `봇물`. Nate (in 한국어). SK Communications. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  11. ^ """Bang Yongguk unleashes powerful MV for "I Remember. 6theory Media. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  12. ^ """Bang Yongguk lands in the Top 10 with "I Remember. 6theory Media. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  13. ^ "Bang Yongguk’s "I Remember" MV deemed unfit for broadcast". 6theory Media. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  14. ^ "TS Entertainment introduces Zelo, Bang Yongguk’s sub-unit partner". 6Theory Media. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  15. ^ "Bang & Zelo release "Never Give Up" MV". 6Theory Media. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
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  17. ^ Lee, Ellie (January 3, 2012). "WHO IS B.A.P?". MTVK (Viacom International Inc.). Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  18. ^ Xu, Tina (August 25, 2011). "SECOND MEMBER OF TS BABY REVEALED THROUGH MTV KOREA’S THE SHOW!". MTVK (Viacom International Inc.). Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  19. ^ Xu, Tina (December 1, 2011). "PROJECT DUO BANG & ZELO REVEALS "NEVER GIVE UP" MV FEATURING SECRET’S HYOSUNG!". MTVK (Viacom International Inc.). Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  20. ^ a b "Winners of the 2011 allkpop awards + video messages from the winners!". 6Theory Media. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  21. ^ Park, HyunMin (January 30, 2012). "B.A.P Brings in Big Crowds for Its Debut Showcase". enewsworld (CJ E&M). Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  22. ^ 2012년 빛낼 아이돌 출격 임박..'신고 합니다!' (in 한국어). Star News. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  23. ^ Xu, Tina (January 25, 2012). """B.A.P MAKES LONG AWAITED DEBUT WITH "WARRIOR. MTV Korea. Viacom International Inc. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Tiger JK, Yoonmirae, and Bizzy Performs at SBS Gayo Daejun 2013". Naver (in 한국어). Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  25. ^ a b "Celebrity - Bang Yong Gook Profile". Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  26. ^ "Exclusive interview with Bang & Zelo!". Daily Kpop News. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  27. ^ Hwang, Mi-Hyeon (2012-02-06). "B.A.P "지구정복! 결코 헛된 꿈이 아니랍니다"(인터뷰)" [B.A.P is determined to conquer the world with their music]. OSEN (in 한국어) (Intigram). Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  28. ^ "B.A.P is determined to conquer the world with their music". 6theory Media. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  29. ^ a b "Gaon chart search". Gaon. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 

External links

  • Official Website
  • Bang&Zelo Official Website
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