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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.
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
- Hope World (2018)
- Animal from I'm Da One (Jo Kwon feat. Jung Ho-seok of BTS) (2012)
See also: Unofficial songs
|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|
|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)|
|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)|
|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
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)||◯||◯||◯|||
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