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It’s hard at times, but it’s as if I’m addicted to basking in your love, when I'm 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, songwriter, dancer and record producer. He is one of the lead rapper and the main dancer of BTS.

On March 1, 2018, he released his first solo mixtape "Hope World."


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.

2013–present: BTS

On June 13, 2013, J-Hope made his debut as a member of BTS on Mnet's M! Countdown with the track "No More Dream" from their debut single album 2 Cool 4 Skool. He was the third member to join the group as a trainee after RM and Suga. J-Hope has since been involved in the creation process of every album in BTS' discography.

His stage name, "J-Hope (제이홉)", comes from his desire to represent hope for fans, as well as to be "the hope of BTS." It is also a reference to the myth of Pandora's box, as after the box was opened and all the evils inside were released to the world, the only thing left was hope.

In October 2018, he was awarded the fifth-class Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit by the President of South Korea along with the other members.

2018–present: Solo activities

On March 1, 2018, J-Hope released his first solo mixtape, Hope World, worldwide, along with a music video for the title track "Daydream". A music video for the B-side "Airplane" was later released on March 6.

The EP debuted at number 63 and peaked at number 38 on the Billboard 200, making him the highest charting K-pop solo act on the chart. Hope World also peaked at number 35 on the Canadian Albums chart, and number 19 on the US Top Rap Albums chart. Three mixtape tracks, "Daydream", "Hope World", and "Hangsang", charted on the World Digital Songs Chart, ranking third, 16th, and 24th respectively. The following week, the tracks grew to first, sixth, and 11th, with three additional tracks off of Hope World, "Airplane", "Base Line", and "P.O.P (Piece of Peace) pt. 1" arriving on the chart at number five, eight, and twelve, respectively. "Daydream" peaking atop the chart made J-Hope one of only ten K-Pop groups, including his band BTS, to reach number one. 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 and 91st for the week of March 17. He is the fifth Korean artist, and the second Korean soloist after Psy, to place on the Artist 100.

The mixtape charted in ten countries worldwide, with "Daydream" charting in three.

On July 24, 2018, J-Hope participated in the online dance-crazy #InMyFeelingsChallenge, using Drake's number one song "In My Feelings". J-Hope uploaded the short 33 second video to his group's joint twitter account. The video went viral, receiving 5 million views within the first 12 hours of it being posted. Ciara currently has the challenge video with the most views, which stands at 10M after two weeks of it being uploaded on her personal Instagram. J-Hope's contribution currently has 10 million views, reaching over 6.7 million in less than 24 hours. J-Hope made a brief appearance in Drake’s music video for “In My Feelings.”


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



Year Title Role Notes
2018 Burn The Stage: The Movie Himself Screening in select Theatres
2019 BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul Himself Released for one day only

Variety shows

Year Title Network 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)
2019 Under Nineteen MBC Guest as Dance Tutor (Ep.10)

Music shows

Year Title Network Role
2016 Inkigayo SBS Special host with V (Ep.869)
Music Bank KBS2 Special host with Jungkook (Ep.858)
2017 M Countdown Mnet Special host with RM and Jimin (Ep.543)

Music videos

Year Title Role Notes
2012 "I'm Da One" Backup dancer Jo Kwon's music video
2016 "Boy Meets Evil" Himself Comeback Trailer for "Wings" album
2018 "Daydream" Music video for debut mixtape
"In My Feelings" Cameo Drake's music video


◯ = 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 [5]
No More Dream [6]
Like [7]
Outro: Circle Room Cypher [8]
O!RUL8,2? We On [9]
If I Ruled the World [10]
Coffee [11]
BTS Cypher, Pt. 1 [12]
Attack on Bangtan [13]
Satoori Rap [14]
Skool Luv Affair Intro: Skool Luv Affair [15]
Where You From [16]
Just One Day [17]
Tomorrow [18]
BTS Cypher, Pt. 2: Triptych [19]
Spine Breaker [20]
Jump [21]
Skool Luv Affair Special Addition Miss Right [22]
Like (Slow Jam Remix) [23]
Dark & Wild Danger [24]
War of Hormone [25]
Hip Hop Phile [26]
Let Me Know [27]
Rain [28]
BTS Cypher Pt.3: Killer [29]
Can You Turn Off Your Phone? [30]
Embarrassed [31]
24/7 = Heaven [32]
Look Here [33]
So 4 More [34]
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 [37]
Hold Me Tight [38]
Dope [39]
Boyz with Fun [40]
Converse High [41]
Moving On [42]
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2 Run [43]
Butterfly [44]
Whalien 52 [45]
Ma City [46]
Autumn Leaves [47]
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever Save Me [48]
Epilogue: Young Forever [49]
Love is Not Over
(Full Length Edition)
Run (Alternative Mix) [51]
Wings Intro: Boy Meets Evil [52]
Blood Sweat & Tears [53]
MAMA [54]
Awake [55]
BTS Cypher 4 [56]
2! 3! [57]
Interlude: Wings [58]
Unofficial song Awake (Christmas Ver.) [59]
You Never Walk Alone Outro: Wings [60]
A Supplementary Story: You Never Walk Alone [61]
Single Come Back Home [62]
Love Yourself 'Her' Best of Me [63]
Pied Piper [64]
MIC Drop [65]
Outro: Her [66]
Sea [67]
Single MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix) [68]
Love Yourself 'Tear' 134340 [69]
Paradise [70]
Love Maze [71]
Magic Shop [72]
Airplane Pt.2 [73]
So What [74]
Outro: Tear [75]
Unofficial song DDaeng [76]
Love Yourself 'Answer' Trivia 起: Just Dance [77]
I'm Fine [78]
Answer: Love Myself [79]
MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix)
(Full Length Edition)

Discography as a soloist

Album Song Writing Composer Producer Ref.
Unofficial song 1 Verse [81]
Hope World Hope World [82]
P.O.P (Piece Of Peace) Pt.1 [83]
Daydream [84]
Base Line [85]
Hangsang (feat. Supreme Boi) [86]
Airplane [87]
Blue Side (Outro) [88]


  • He is the third oldest in the band BTS.
  • He is 25 years old in the US age and 26 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 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 she left him for another man.
  • His favorite 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.[89]
  • He owns his own studio called 'Hope World'.
  • He auditioned in JYP Entertainment together with B.A.P’s Youngjae and Halo’s Dino, but wasn’t accepted, so he went to Big Hit Entertainment and made it in as a trainee.
  • He was part of the street dance crew named "neuron"
  • When he was younger he had a passion for Tennis, and was relatively good at it.
  • His Motto: “If you don’t work hard, there won’t be good results."
  • Before debut J-hope hated doing aegyo but he changed his mind.
  • His favorite color is Green.
  • J-Hope and Suga are really bad at drawing.
  • He likes visiting the Fancafe when he has time because he needs to know what the fans are saying.
  • When having problems or worries he would share them with RM or Suga.
  • Things he wants to steal from other members is Jimin’s chocolate abs, RM’s rap skills and his good English.
  • His ideal date: “I love the sea, I would like to walk down to the beach and hold hands”
  • 3 requirements for J-Hope happiness: Family, Health, and Love.
  • Hiss ideal type is a girl who loves him, is good at cooking, and reads a lot.
  • He is the only member who doesn't have ear piercings. He says he can look manly without them.
  • He gets scared quite easily.
  • His solo song "Mama" is a song dedicated to his mom. She came to a BTS concert and when J-Hope performed it, she cried. He says the song was written as a means to show that he has finally become a son she can be proud of.
  • Despite the age gap, J-Hope hangs around the maknaes most of the time.
  • He has been a victim of cyberbullying. He's had a few instances where he would be broadcasting on Vlive and come across many comments saying that he had no talent, he doesn't belong in BTS, being consistently asked of other members whereabouts etc... This refrained him from doing Vlives by himself for a long period of time.
  • In BTS's mini drama 'Flower Boys', J-Hope was teaching Literature. J-Hope likes reading and literature, notably for the fact his father was a literature teacher and introduced the subject to his son.
  • When he was young, J-Hope's father would cook seaweed soup five days a week. He had gotten so used to it that he can recognize the smell and texture of seaweed instantly. (Run BTS! EP.43)
  • His BT21 character is a blue/purple horse named Mang.
  • His revealed that he actually left BigHit Entertainment/BTS during the group's earlier days (before debut). However, he decided to come back because he trusted in the members and the members saying that the group wasn't the same without him. (Burn The Stage EP.3)
  • His favorite drink is Sprite.
  • His is said to be one of the members who can cook very well. The others being Jin, Suga and Jungkook. (Run BTS! EP. 50)
  • His once got angry and threw a banana at Jungkook. This was due to the fact that Jungkook had gotten a fruit basket as a present from an A.R.M.Y and he wanted to cherish the gift. Jungkook shared the fruits with the other members at first, but told them to stop to avoid all of them being eaten as he wanted to keep the rest for himself and that the gift was rightfully his. J-Hope thought Jungkook was being selfish for arguing over the fruits and threw a banana at him as a result. (Burn The Stage EP.4)
  • His favorite hair color is red. [90].
  • He is the only member in the group who doesn't need or require prescription glasses and contact lenses as he has very good eyesight. If he's seen with glasses or lenses on, it is merely for fashion purposes.
  • His Spotify playlist is called J-Hope's JAM.
  • J-Hope and B.A.P Zelo went to the same Academy for rap and dance in Gwangju.
  • He used to be a tennis player in elementary school and played in competitions. He once received a bronze medal, out of 3 team competitors[91].
  • He likes melodramatic movies and remembers watching a lot of DVDs when he was a kid, since his father also likes movies.
  • He likes if someone strokes his hair – he says it helps him to sleep, a routine picked up from childhood. (when he was young, his mother used to pat him gently to put him to sleep)

Family Tree

Jung Ji-woo
Jung Ho-seok



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J-Hope's profile on BTS Official Website
  2. J-Hope's profile on BTS Japan Official Fanclub [1]
  3. J-Hope listed with a label in LEON Entertainment
  4. "[...] 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
  5. See credits on Genius
  6. Information of the Song "No More Dream" on Melon
  7. Information of the Song "Like" on Melon
  8. Information of the Song "Outro: Circle Room Cypher" on Melon
  9. Information of the Song "We On" on Melon
  10. Information of the Song "If I Ruled the World" on Melon
  11. Information of the Song "Coffee" on Melon
  12. Information of the Song "BTS Cypher, Pt. 1" on Melon
  13. Information of the Song "Attack on Bangtan" on Melon
  14. Information of the Song "Satoori Rap" on Melon
  15. Information of the Song "Intro: Skool Luv Affair" on Melon
  16. Information of the Song "Where You From" on Melon
  17. Information of the Song "Just One Day" on Melon
  18. Information of the Song "Tomorrow" on Melon
  19. Information of the Song "BTS Cypher, Pt. 2: Triptych" on Melon
  20. Information of the Song "Spine Breaker" on Melon
  21. Information of the Song "Jump" on Melon
  22. Information of the Song "Miss Right" on Melon
  23. Information of the Song "Like (Slow Jam Remix)" on Melon
  24. Information of the Song "Danger" on Melon
  25. Information of the Song "War of Hormone" on Melon
  26. Information of the Song "Hip Hop Phile" on Melon
  27. Information of the Song "Let Me Know" on Melon
  28. Information of the Song "Rain" on Melon
  29. Information of the Song "BTS Cypher Pt.3: Killer" on Melon
  30. Information of the Song "Can You Turn Off Your Phone?" on Melon
  31. Information of the Song "Embarrassed" on Melon
  32. Information of the Song "24/7 = Heaven" on Melon
  33. Information of the Song "Look Here" on Melon
  34. Information of the Song "So 4 More" on Melon
  35. Information of the Song "No More Dream (Japanese Ver.)" on Melon
  36. Information of the Song "Danger (Mo-Blue-Mix) (Feat. Thanh)" on Melon
  37. Information of the Song "I Need U" on Melon
  38. Information of the Song "Hold Me Tight" on Melon
  39. Information of the Song "Dope" on Melon
  40. Information of the Song "Boyz with Fun" on Melon
  41. Information of the Song "Converse High" on Melon
  42. Information of the Song "Moving On" on Melon
  43. Information of the Song "Run" on Melon
  44. Information of the Song "Butterfly" on Melon
  45. Information of the Song "Whalien 52" on Melon
  46. Information of the Song "Ma City" on Melon
  47. Information of the Song "Autumn Leaves" on Melon
  48. Information of the Song "Save Me" on Melon
  49. Information of the Song "Epilogue: Young Forever" on Melon
  50. Information of the Song "Love is Not Over (Full Length Edition)" on Melon
  51. Information of the Song "Run (Alternative Mix)" on Melon
  52. Information of the Song "Intro: Boy Meets Evil" on Melon
  53. Information of the Song "Blood Sweat & Tears" on Melon
  54. Information of the Song "MAMA" on Melon
  55. Information of the Song "Awake" on Melon
  56. Information of the Song "BTS Cypher 4" on Melon
  57. Information of the Song "2! 3! " on Melon
  58. Information of the Song "Interlude: Wings" on Melon
  59. Awake (christmas ver) by Jin of BTS on Soundcloud
  60. Information of the Song "Outro: Wings" on Melon
  61. Information of the Song "A Supplementary Story: You Never Walk Alone" on Melon
  62. Information of the Song "Come Back Home" on Melon
  63. Information of the Song "Best of Me" on Melon
  64. Information of the Song "Pied Piper" on Melon
  65. Information of the Song "MIC Drop" on Melon
  66. Information of the Song "Outro: Her" on Melon
  67. Information of the Song "Sea" on Melon
  68. Information of the Song "MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix)" on Melon
  69. Information of the Song "134340" on Melon
  70. Information of the Song "Paradise" on Melon
  71. Information of the Song "Love Maze" on Melon
  72. Information of the Song "Magic Shop" on Melon
  73. Information of the Song "Airplane pt.2" on Melon
  74. Information of the Song "So What" on Melon
  75. Information of the Song "Outro: Tear" on Melon
  76. 땡 - RM, SUGA, J-HOPE on Soundcloud
  77. Information of the Song "Trivia 起: Just Dance" on Melon
  78. Information of the Song "I'm Fine" on Melon
  79. Information of the Song "Answer: Love Myself" on Melon
  80. Information of the Song "Answer: Love Myself" on Melon
  81. Track Info of "1 Verse" on Bangtan Blog
  82. Track Info of "Hope World" on Genius
  83. Track Info of "P.O.P (Piece Of Peace) Pt.1" on Genius
  84. Track Info of "Daydream" on Genius
  85. Track Info of "Base Line" on Genius
  86. Track Info of "Hangsang" on Genius
  87. Track Info of "Airplane" on Genius
  88. Track Info of "God Rap" on Genius
  89. Flinch w/ BTS (1:16) – via YouTube.
  90. (Buzzfeed Puppy interview 2018)
  91. (- 150705 J-Hope`s Q&A from Inkigayo goodbye stage mini fan meeting)


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