J-Hope is South Korean band named BTS member. He is also the main rapper and dancer of BTS band. J-Hope had a very humble beginning in his life, but now he is one of the most famous rappers from South Korea as well as all over the world with more than 14 million followers on Twitter and 12 million followers on Instagram. Let us take a look at his life today and see what makes J-Hope a really great artist.
J-Hope was born Jung Hoseok in Gwangju, Jeollanam-do, South Korea to parents Park Jin Young (father), a businessman; and Kim Sung Shik (mother). His family moved around when he was young due to their father’s work so they lived at places such as Busan or Seoul before settling down in Gwangju where he grew up.
He attended Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology from 2012 to 2014, majoring in Applied Music before switching majors to Media Art due to his interest in music videos. J-Hope then left the university after two years as he was unable to keep up with his studies plus work on BTS’s debut album “Dark & Wild” at the same time. He also wanted more hands-on training for a future career so he enrolled into Korea National University of Arts (KNUA) Academy Of Dance And Entertainment but dropped out again because it became too difficult juggling school and group commitments.
Jin’s father died when Jin was 19 or 20 years old while studying abroad, which affected him deeply; this was the first time he ever felt helpless and was unable to do anything about his father’s death.
He then went back to university, but in a different city where BTS had their concert tour scheduled for that year. He passed the audition with flying colors while Jin sat shaking and crying because of how nervous he was before going on stage which touched J-Hope deeply as well.
Jin reflected on this and said it made him realize what is truly important in life – not money or fame but family who will always be with you no matter what happens in life. And so from then on, both him and his members vowed never to forget those close to them once they achieve success due to all the things they have been through together when they were younger.
He also said that he believes love is an important part of life and society, which could be seen in his lyrics such as “Love Yourself” from BTS’s latest album Love Yourself: Answer. J-Hope then went on to say that even with all the fame he has now received thanks to BTS, it will never change who he is or what matters most – family and having a loving connection with someone else.
In September 2014, J-Hope was cast for a supporting role as BTS’ schoolmate in the drama series ‘Dream High Season Two’. In June 2015, it was announced that he would be playing one of the lead roles in short film ‘Dance Camp’, which has screened at various festivals worldwide such as New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) and Los Angeles Korean American Film Festival(LAKAF). The music video for June 2015, it was announced that he would be playing one of the lead roles in short film ‘Dance Camp’, which has screened at various festivals worldwide such as New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) and Los Angeles Korean American Film Festival(LAKAF). The music video for “I’m Fine” went live on YouTube at 12am KST.
In 2015 Jin went international when he was featured on Taylor Swift’s single “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”.
In December 2016 he made an appearance on Korean singer Crush’s song “Don’t Forget” from the EP of same name. He also collaborated with American DJ Diplo for a remix version of BTS’ single Mic Drop in November 2017, which reached number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In December 2017, he featured as part of Steve Aoki’s track without any vocals called ‘ June 2018, J-Hope released his first solo mixtape titled “Hope World” which was supported by four singles: “Daydream” featuring 기리파니 and three self-produced tracks: “Base Line,” “Airplane pt. II,” and “Blue.”
In 2017, J-Hope made his solo debut through the release of his mixtape titled Hope World where this song by Drake called Fake Love helped inspire him when writing it for some reason.
In December 2018, Forbes Korea listed him as one of South Korea’s 100 most influential people for his role in transforming BTS into a global phenomenon and being instrumental to their success.
J-Hope has released two solo mixtapes: Hope World (2018) and Hixtape (2015). The lead single from “Hixtape” was “Daydream” featuring 기리파니. In November 2015 he made an appearance on Korean rapper Dokgo Jin’s track “I’m Okay.”
He also collaborated with American singer Demi Lovato on her song Sorry Not Sorry which was released in September 2017 June 2018.
J-Hope released his first solo mixtape titled “Hope World”. The album was supported by four singles: “Daydream” featuring 기리파니 and three self-produced tracks: “Base Line,” “Airplane pt. II,” and “Blue.”
The album charted at number thirty on the U.S Billboard 200 charts only one week after its release with 22,000 copies sold in that span of time. It also debuted atop both Gaon Album Chart (Korea) and Billboard’s World Albums Charts as well as being ranked third on Japan’s Oricon Weekly Albums chart for June 12 to 18th selling 55,08 December 2018, he released his second mixtape “Hang Time” with three singles: “Airplane pt. III,” “I’m Fine” and “Sunset Glow.
J-Hope’s career in BTS has been a major success overall. He has been a member of BTS since their debut in 2013, and he was the youngest member until 2017 when Jungkook joined the group.
J-Hope’s role as an artist is to be an “emotional maknae” which means he writes lyrics for songs like Begin or I’m Fine. Some of his other songwriting credits include on songs such as Euphoria, Trivia: Just Dance, Singularity (featuring Jin), Baba – Remix(Baba)
His first solo performance at BTS’ concert was on October 18th 2015 where he performed Lose Yourself by Eminem.