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Personal Information
Real Name Jung Ho-seok
Hangul 정호석
Other Names Hoseokie
Birthdate February 18, 1994 (age 24)[1]
Birth Place Gwangju, South Korea
Height 177 cm (1.77 m)[1]
Weight 59 kg[1]
Blood Type A[1]
Job Rapper, dancer, singer-songwriter, music producer
Genre Dance Pop, Rap, Hip-Hop
Years active 2013–present
Labels LOEN Entertainment[2]
Agency Big Hit Entertainment
Associated acts NEURON (Formerly)
Jo Kwon[3] (Formerly backup dancer)
BTS (Active)
Signature of BTS' J-Hope
Website Official Website
BTS Twitter (Shared by members)
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It’s hard at times, but it’s as if I’m addicted to basking in your love, when I awake, I want to hurry on stage just for you.

–J-Hope, 2017.10.22, Taiwan

Jung Ho-seok (정호석) known by his stage name J-Hope (제이홉) is a South Korean rapper. He is a rapper, main dancer and member of BTS. J-Hope has been described by BTS's choreographer as the best dancer of BTS.


1994–2012: Early life

Jung Ho-seok was born on February 18, 1994, in Gwangju, South Korea, where he lived with his parents and older sister. Before debuting with BTS, he was part of the underground dance team Neuron. J-Hope had been relatively well-known for his skills in dance prior to his debut; he won various local prizes for dance, including placing first in a national dance competition in 2008. His skills in dance eventually led him to gain interest in singing and rapping, helping motivate him to audition as an idol trainee. As a trainee, J-Hope was featured as a rapper in Jo Kwon's song "Animal", which was released in 2012.


J-Hope has attended Global Cyber University, where he majored in broadcasting performing arts. He has one sibling, an older sister named Jung Da Won. Dancing has been J-Hope's dream since he was a child. His solo song "MAMA" on 2016's album Wings describes how his mother unconditionally encouraged his dream, even when it drove his family into some debt and required her to go work abroad.

"Time travel to 2006, crazed for dancing, pinched my mom’s purse / When my dad opposed but I practiced every day / She supported me and the pieces of my dream / But I didn’t know my mom’s big contribution wasn’t a shortcut but a path to a dream that resulted in debt / (Always) the problem is money (Go away) so my mom ended up working overseas

Over the phone, my mom’s voice that I hear is clear / What I remember is my mom’s strength back then was my curve ball / For real / I was determined to be successful / With that one promise I became the son I am now"

BTS-MAMA, Wings 2016.

Before BTS, J-Hope was a street dancer in the group NEURON. He was accepted to Bighit in December 2010, joining RM and Suga- who had moved in to the Bighit dorms in August and November respectively- as part of the Bangtan lineup.

Cyber Bullying

In November 2014, J-Hope was cyber bullied via a hashtag saying that J-Hope does not deserve to be in the band and he should get kicked out as soon as possible. J-Hope tweeted “Late at night when everyone is asleep, this is J-Hope. I was monitoring myself and practicing my dance for the first time in a while, and I’m feeling a lot of things.. I’m really lacking still… I feel like I should work harder, so I’m tweeting a fighting tweet. Fighting, Hope!” The other BTS members showed their support by tweeting in defense of him and trying to cheer him up by posting funny and encouraging pictures. Fans showed their support by tweeting and commenting on J-Hope’s social media accounts, and making the hashtag #JHopeYourePerfect trend on twitter, which was a success.


Big Hit announces last February 23, 2018 that J-Hope's mixtape entitled "Hope World" (Named Hixtape by A.R.M.Ys) which is a combination of his name and mixtape will be released on March 2, 2018. J-Hope follows the trend of dropping mixtapes after RM and Suga.

On March 1, 2018, J-Hope released a music video for the title track "Daydream". The music video went on to be the fastest Korean music video to get 1 million likes on YouTube, surpassing the record previously held by his group BTS. A music video for the B-side "Airplane" was later released on March 6.

The EP debuted at number 63 on the Billboard 200, making him the highest charting K-pop solo act on the chart. Hope World also placed at number 46 on the Canadian Albums chart. Three mixtape tracks, “Daydream”, “Hope World”, and “Hangsang”, charted on the World Digital Songs Chart, ranking third, 16th, and 24th respectively. The success of his solo debut lead him to rank third on the Emerging Artists Chart, and 97th on the Artist 100 Chart for the week of March 10. He is the fifth Korean artist, and the second Korean soloist after Psy, to place on the Artist 100


See also: Discography


Other appearances

  • Animal from I'm Da One (Jo Kwon feat. Jung Ho-seok of BTS) (2012)

Unofficial songs

See also: Unofficial songs


Variety shows

Year Name Channel Role
2014 100 Choice, Best Ramyun MBC Guest (Ep.6)
2015 My Pet Clinic - Guest with Jimin and V (Ep.6)
2016 Star King SBS Guest with V (Ep.433)
Same Bed, Different Dreams Guest (Ep.46)
Star King Guest with RM and Jimin (Ep.447)
God’s Workplace Guest with Jimin (Pilot Episode)
2017 Top 3 Chef King Guest with Jin (Ep.68)
2018 PON! Nippon TV Guest with Jimin (Episode February 7)
Tuesday Surprise Guest with Jimin (Episode February 13)
ZIP! Guest with Jimin (Episode February 21)

Music shows

Year Name Channel Role
2016 Inkigayo SBS Special host with V (Ep.869)
Music Bank KBS 2TV Special host with Jungkook (Ep.858)
2017 M Countdown Mnet Special host with RM and Jimin (Ep.543)

Music videos

Year Title Other artist(s) Album
As main artist
2016 Boy Meets Evil Wings
2018 Daydream Hope World
Guest appearances
2012 I'm Da One JoKwon I'm Da One


◯ = Participates as writing/composer/producer, ✖ = Not participated as writing/composer/producer

BTS Discography

Album Song Writing Composer Producer Ref.
2 Cool 4 Skool We Are Bulletproof Pt.2 [4]
No More Dream [5]
Like [6]
Outro: Circle Room Cypher [7]
O!RUL8,2? We On [8]
If I Ruled the World [9]
Coffee [10]
BTS Cypher, Pt. 1 [11]
Attack on Bangtan [12]
Satoori Rap [13]
Skool Luv Affair Intro: Skool Luv Affair [14]
Where You From [15]
Just One Day [16]
Tomorrow [17]
BTS Cypher, Pt. 2: Triptych [18]
Spine Breaker [19]
Jump [20]
Skool Luv Affair Special Addition Miss Right [21]
Like (Slow Jam Remix) [22]
Dark & Wild Danger [23]
War of Hormone [24]
Hip Hop Phile [25]
Let Me Know [26]
Rain [27]
BTS Cypher Pt.3: Killer [28]
Can You Turn Off Your Phone? [29]
Embarrassed [30]
24/7 = Heaven [31]
Look Here [32]
So 4 More [33]
No More Dream
(Japanese Single)
No More Dream
(Japanese Ver.)
Single Danger (Mo-Blue-Mix)
(Feat. Thanh)
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1 I Need U [36]
Hold Me Tight [37]
Dope [38]
Boyz with Fun [39]
Converse High [40]
Moving On [41]
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2 Run [42]
Butterfly [43]
Whalien 52 [44]
Ma City [45]
Autumn Leaves [46]
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever Save Me [47]
Epilogue: Young Forever [48]
Love is Not Over
(Full Length Edition)
Run (Alternative Mix) [50]
Wings Intro: Boy Meets Evil [51]
Blood Sweat & Tears [52]
MAMA [53]
Awake [54]
BTS Cypher 4 [55]
2! 3! [56]
Interlude: Wings [57]
Unofficial song Awake (Christmas Ver.) [58]
You Never Walk Alone Outro: Wings [59]
A Supplementary Story: You Never Walk Alone [60]
Single Come Back Home [61]
Love Yourself 'Her' Best of Me [62]
Pied Piper [63]
MIC Drop [64]
Outro: Her [65]
Sea [66]
Single MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix) [67]
Love Yourself 'Tear' 134340 [68]
Paradise [69]
Love Maze [70]
Magic Shop [71]
Airplane Pt.2 [72]
So What [73]
Outro: Tear [74]
Unofficial song DDaeng [75]

Discography as a soloist

Album Song Writing Composer Producer Ref.
Unofficial song 1 Verse [76]
Hope World Hope World [77]
P.O.P (Piece Of Peace) Pt.1 [78]
Daydream [79]
Base Line [80]
Hangsang (feat. Supreme Boi) [81]
Airplane [82]
Blue Side (Outro) [83]


  • He is the third oldest in the band BTS.
  • He is 24 years old in the US age and 25 years old in the Korean age.
  • His Zodiac sign is Aquarius.
  • He is referred to as the ‘sunshine’ of the group due to his bright and energetic personality.
  • His hobbies are listening to music and window shopping.
  • He chose the name “J-Hope” as his stage name because he wants to be a source of light and hope to his fans.
  • His favorite color is green.
  • His favorite number is 7.
  • He hates exercising/working out.
  • He loves kimchi.
  • His favorite season is Spring.
  • He is really bad at drawing.
  • He used to have a girlfriend before debut, but he already broke up with her.
  • His favourite subject in school is Music.
  • He speaks Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese.
  • His role models are G-Dragon of BIGBANG, A$AP Rocky, J.Cole, and Beenzino.
  • If he could introduce his sister to a member, he would introduce her to Jungkook.
  • He and Jimin are the only ones who are still roommates.
  • He has gained the liking of many celebrities outside of Korea, for example wrestler John Cena and singer-songwriter Tinashe.
  • According to RM, he and Jin are the most cowards members of the group.[84]

Family Tree

Jung Da-won
Jung Ho-seok



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J-Hope's profile on BTS Japan Official Fanclub [1]
  2. J-Hope listed with a label in LEON Entertainment
  3. "[...] he featured as a rapper on Jo Kwon’s solo track “Animal,” and he and other BTS members also performed as Jo Kwon’s backup dancers and music video actors". from Soompi
  4. See credits on Genius
  5. Information of the Song "No More Dream" on Melon
  6. Information of the Song "Like" on Melon
  7. Information of the Song "Outro: Circle Room Cypher" on Melon
  8. Information of the Song "We On" on Melon
  9. Information of the Song "If I Ruled the World" on Melon
  10. Information of the Song "Coffee" on Melon
  11. Information of the Song "BTS Cypher, Pt. 1" on Melon
  12. Information of the Song "Attack on Bangtan" on Melon
  13. Information of the Song "Satoori Rap" on Melon
  14. Information of the Song "Intro: Skool Luv Affair" on Melon
  15. Information of the Song "Where You From" on Melon
  16. Information of the Song "Just One Day" on Melon
  17. Information of the Song "Tomorrow" on Melon
  18. Information of the Song "BTS Cypher, Pt. 2: Triptych" on Melon
  19. Information of the Song "Spine Breaker" on Melon
  20. Information of the Song "Jump" on Melon
  21. Information of the Song "Miss Right" on Melon
  22. Information of the Song "Like (Slow Jam Remix)" on Melon
  23. Information of the Song "Danger" on Melon
  24. Information of the Song "War of Hormone" on Melon
  25. Information of the Song "Hip Hop Phile" on Melon
  26. Information of the Song "Let Me Know" on Melon
  27. Information of the Song "Rain" on Melon
  28. Information of the Song "BTS Cypher Pt.3: Killer" on Melon
  29. Information of the Song "Can You Turn Off Your Phone?" on Melon
  30. Information of the Song "Embarrassed" on Melon
  31. Information of the Song "24/7 = Heaven" on Melon
  32. Information of the Song "Look Here" on Melon
  33. Information of the Song "So 4 More" on Melon
  34. Information of the Song "No More Dream (Japanese Ver.)" on Melon
  35. Information of the Song "Danger (Mo-Blue-Mix) (Feat. Thanh)" on Melon
  36. Information of the Song "I Need U" on Melon
  37. Information of the Song "Hold Me Tight" on Melon
  38. Information of the Song "Dope" on Melon
  39. Information of the Song "Boyz with Fun" on Melon
  40. Information of the Song "Converse High" on Melon
  41. Information of the Song "Moving On" on Melon
  42. Information of the Song "Run" on Melon
  43. Information of the Song "Butterfly" on Melon
  44. Information of the Song "Whalien 52" on Melon
  45. Information of the Song "Ma City" on Melon
  46. Information of the Song "Autumn Leaves" on Melon
  47. Information of the Song "Save Me" on Melon
  48. Information of the Song "Epilogue: Young Forever" on Melon
  49. Information of the Song "Love is Not Over (Full Length Edition)" on Melon
  50. Information of the Song "Run (Alternative Mix)" on Melon
  51. Information of the Song "Intro: Boy Meets Evil" on Melon
  52. Information of the Song "Blood Sweat & Tears" on Melon
  53. Information of the Song "MAMA" on Melon
  54. Information of the Song "Awake" on Melon
  55. Information of the Song "BTS Cypher 4" on Melon
  56. Information of the Song "2! 3! " on Melon
  57. Information of the Song "Interlude: Wings" on Melon
  58. Awake (christmas ver) by Jin of BTS on Soundcloud
  59. Information of the Song "Outro: Wings" on Melon
  60. Information of the Song "A Supplementary Story: You Never Walk Alone" on Melon
  61. Information of the Song "Come Back Home" on Melon
  62. Information of the Song "Best of Me" on Melon
  63. Information of the Song "Pied Piper" on Melon
  64. Information of the Song "MIC Drop" on Melon
  65. Information of the Song "Outro: Her" on Melon
  66. Information of the Song "Sea" on Melon
  67. Information of the Song "MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix)" on Melon
  68. Information of the Song "134340" on Melon
  69. Information of the Song "Paradise" on Melon
  70. Information of the Song "Love Maze" on Melon
  71. Information of the Song "Magic Shop" on Melon
  72. Information of the Song "Airplane pt.2" on Melon
  73. Information of the Song "So What" on Melon
  74. Information of the Song "Outro: Tear" on Melon
  75. 땡 - RM, SUGA, J-HOPE on Soundcloud
  76. Track Info of "1 Verse" on Bangtan Blog
  77. Track Info of "Hope World" on Genius
  78. Track Info of "P.O.P (Piece Of Peace) Pt.1" on Genius
  79. Track Info of "Daydream" on Genius
  80. Track Info of "Base Line" on Genius
  81. Track Info of "Hangsang" on Genius
  82. Track Info of "Airplane" on Genius
  83. Track Info of "God Rap" on Genius
  84. Flinch w/ BTS (1:16) – via YouTube.


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