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|Real Name||Jung Ho-seok|
|Other Names|| Hoseokie|
|Birthdate||February 18, 1994 (age 24)|
|Birth Place||Gwangju, South Korea|
|Height||177 cm (1.77 m)|
|Job||Rapper, dancer, singer-songwriter, music producer|
|Genre||Dance Pop, Rap, Hip-Hop|
|Agency||Big Hit Entertainment|
|Associated acts|| NEURON (Formerly)|
Jo Kwon (Formerly backup dancer)
|Website|| Official Website|
BTS Twitter (Shared by members)
|“||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.
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
- Hope World (2018)
- Animal from I'm Da One (Jo Kwon feat. Jung Ho-seok of BTS) (2012)
See also: Unofficial songs
|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)|
|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)|
|As main artist|
|2016||Boy Meets Evil||—||Wings|
|2012||I'm Da One||JoKwon||I'm Da One|
◯ = Participates as writing/composer/producer, ✖ = Not participated as writing/composer/producer
Discography as a soloist
|Unofficial song||1 Verse||◯||✖||✖|||
|Hope World||Hope World||◯||◯||◯|||
|P.O.P (Piece Of Peace) Pt.1||◯||◯||◯|||
|Hangsang (feat. Supreme Boi)||◯||✖||◯|||
|Blue Side (Outro)||◯||◯||◯|||
- 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.
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