I’m grateful for the award, but I enjoyed the concerts more, I wanted to share our music and who we are.
–Suga, 2017.05.28, Australia
Min Yoon-gi (민윤기) known by his stage name Suga (슈가) or Agust D is a South Korean rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He is the lead rapper of BTS. In 2016, he released his first solo mixtape "Agust D."
Suga became a Hip-Hop artist after he saw artists like Stony Skunk and Epik High. He worked a part-time job in a recording studio when he was 17 years old. After that, he started composing, arranging, lapping and performing music. Before his formal debut, he started performing using his underground name "Gloss." Suga made a song "518-062" at the age of 18 in honor of the May 18th Gwangju Democratization Movement as a member of Hip-Hop crew D-Town'. The title of the song 518 means May 18, the day May 18 Democratic Uprising took place, 062 came from the Gwangju Metropolitan City area number and the title of this song was given by the leader of D-TOWN.
Daegu Taejeon Elementary School (Graduated)
Gwaneum Middle School (Graduated)
Kangbuk High School (Transferred) → Apgujeong High School (Graduated)
Global Cyber University (Department of Broadcasting and Entertainment)
Originally joining the company as a music producer, Suga trained under Big Hit Entertainment for three years alongside members J-Hope and RM. He 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 has produced and written lyrics for a variety of tracks on all of BTS's albums.
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.
Suga adopted the alias Agust D in 2016, which is derived from the initials "DT", short for his birth place "Daegu Town", and "Suga" spelled backwards. He released a free self-titled mixtape via SoundCloud on August 15. He decided against releasing the project as a commercial studio album, describing it as the "feeling of being trapped in some sort of framework." On the record, he discussed matters such as his struggles with depression and social phobia. Fuse TV rated it as one of the top twenty mixtapes of 2016.
In 2017, Suga composed the song "Wine" for singer Suran, who he had previously worked with for a single on his mixtape. The record peaked at number two on the Gaon Digital Chart and won best Soul/R&B track of the year at the Melon Music Awards on December 2, 2017. Suga also received the "Hot Trend Award" for his work on the track.
Suga re-released his mixtape for digital purchase and streaming in February 2018. The success of the reissue placed it at number three on Billboard's World Albums Chart, number five on the Heatseekers Albums chart, and number 74 on the Top Album Sales chart. It also caused Suga's solo alias, Agust D, to reach number 46 on the Emerging Artists chart for the week of March 3.
Personal beliefs and philanthropy
Suga has spoken openly about mental health and equality for the LGBTQ+ community. In 2014 he made a promise to buy his fans meat should he find success as a musical artist. Four years later, on his 25th birthday, he donated beef to 39 orphanages as "ARMY", the name of BTS's fanbase.
Suga is responsible for writing, composing, and arranging, as well as mixing and mastering his material. He has over sixty registered songs accredited to his name with the Korea Music Copyright Association, is a pianist, and produces hip hop and R&B music. The foundation of his lyrics involve themes that are "full of dreams and hope," conceived with the intent of his music becoming "many people's strength." He cites Stony Skunk and Epik High as his inspirations to pursue hip hop music. Particularly, he credits the former's reggae-hip-hop hybrid album Ragga Muffin (2005) and its title track for igniting his interest in the genre, calling it "completely different" from mainstream music.
Jeff Benjamin of Fuse reviewed the K-Pop star's mixtape, stating it "showcases the star's ear for hot productions, hardcore rap style, and how he can make his vulnerabilities a strength."
In January 2018, Suga was promoted to full member of the Korea Music Copyright Association.
He released his first mixtape, Agust D in 2016, which featured singer Suran in the track 'so far away'.
He used to rap underground prior to joining BTS under the alias 'Gloss'.
He is the second oldest as well as the second shortest in the group.
He is 25 years old in the US age and 27 years old in the Korean age.
His zodiac sign is Pisces.
Has an older brother.
His Hobbies are: Sleeping or writing music when he has free time, taking photos and avoiding having to do work.
His favorite food is meat.
His favorite colors are white and black.
His favorite number is 3.
His favorite movie is "Tazza."
He decided to pursue a career in music after hearing Stony Skunk ‘Ragga Muffin’ in 6th grade.
He wanted to be a Firefighter, a Basketball Player and a Musician when he was younger.
If he has a lover, Suga wants to make her listen to the songs he writes.
His resolution in 2014 is he hopes he don’t get sick.
He used to be terrible with English.
He thinks that his legs are pretty.
When he was in school, he won basketball games quite a few times and when he was a trainee, he played basketball every Sunday.
He chose his stage name because he used to be a shooting guard when he played basketball (shoo • gua).
“Suga,” also the deviation of the word "sugar," by his CEO because he is pale and his smile is sweet.“I got the name Suga because my skin is pale, I’m pretty when I smile, and because I’m sweet. I chose this name because I want to promote sweetly.” - Suga
He's most stressed usually from midnight to 6AM and he doesn’t dislike it.
He doesn’t really like places with lots of people or noise.
The BTS members said if Suga wasn't human he'd be: a turtle (Jungkook), a Lion trainer (Jimin), Baseball player’s 3rd batter/hitter (V) , Candy (J-Hope), and a Rock (Jin).
He loves taking photos.
His role models are Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Wayne, and Hit Boy.
He can play the piano.
He produced Suran's single "If I Get drunk Today (Wine)".
He has a male dog named Min Holly.
If he would choose who Min Holly should date, he would choose RM's dog, Rap Mon.
In Run BTS Episode 11, he played as Yoonji, a female transfer student.
His parents used to own a restaurant.
He is a really good cook.
He has slept for about 20 hours before.
At the 2017 Melon Music Awards, he won the Hot Trend Award along with Suran for "Wine".
Has a total of 5 ear piercings. (2 on the right, and 3 on the left)
His favorite colors are black and white.
He is an open supporter of the LGBTQ+ community along with RM.
His favorite type of weather is where one can wear short sleeves at day and long sleeves at night.
He likes to make rhymes for everyday situations and gags.
He likes to tease the younger members.
He is seen sleeping a lot due to long late hours working in his studio
He can do a belly wave.
He wants to be reincarnated as a rock in his next life.
He has fought depression before, having to juggle food and transportation costs as he often did not have enough money to afford both. Sometimes, when he wrote songs and sold them, he did not get his pay back.
He makes many very blunt and savage comments
3 things he likes: sleeping, quiet places, and places with no people.
3 things he dislikes: dancing, loud places, and crowded places.
His hobbies are playing basketball and games, reading comics, and taking pictures.
He has a driving license.
He wanted a tattoo at one point. However, he changed his mind due to wanting to do charity work in the future as well as keeping a pure image for young children. But, if he were to get one, it would be a small dot on his toe.
He is bad at Japanese. However, he's been studying it quite frequently and has gotten exceedingly better at it.
His personality is quite straightforward.
When he was younger, he wanted to become an architect.
His motto: “Let’s live while having fun. Doing music as your hobby and doing it as work is different.”
He writes and composes songs daily. He writes even when he is in the waiting room, the car, or on the toilet.
He wrote the song ‘좋아요’ (I Like It) in under 30 minutes.
When he has a problem, he talks to RM because their age gap is small and they have things in common.
He comes from a poor family. In an interview, he disclosed:“After we debuted, I went back to the dorm and sat there staring blankly. I could not believe it, a kid from a poor Daegu family, would be able to make it.”
His favorite drink is Iced Americano.
He speaks with a Satoori accent when he’s nervous and when he cries.
For him, his charm is his eye smile. He is also proud of his legs as he says that they look feminine.
When asked what he would steal from the other members, he said he would steal one thing that you can’t buy with money: Jungkook’s age.
All the members of BTS chose Suga as the sweetest member at Fandom School Interview.
He and J-Hope are really bad at drawing.
He nearly quit being in BTS on a few occasions. Due to the fact that he was anxious to debut after being a trainee for 3 long years and he was promised that the group would be a pure hip-hop group with no dancing and cliché concepts.
He has the highest alcohol tolerance among the members. He can hold his liquor pretty well.
His BT21 character is a magic cookie named Shooky. He's the smallest of the BT21 characters.
Of all the hair colors he's tried so far, Suga's favorite hair color is black because it's his natural hair color, though he did state he liked some of the lighter colors.
Suga and Jimin are the same height (5' 9"). However, Suga is considered taller than Jimin due to a, barely, 1 cm difference.
His solo artist name 'Agust D' is 'Suga' spelled backwards and 'DT' stands for Daegu Town. Which is the name of the underground rapper group he was a part of as well as his birth hometown.
When asked which member he would bring on a deserted island for 3 years, he chose Jimin. “Jimin. To boss around. Just kidding. I don’t talk a lot, I’m not the fun type, but Jimin is pleasant and mature, so I think it’d work out.” - Suga
He got into an accident while making deliveries on his bike when he was a trainee. A car hit him at an intersection and his shoulder went under. Resulting in him having a broken shoulder. He revealed he hid his injury from the company out of fear and anxiety that they would let him go and told them he merely hurt his shoulder by falling down the stairs. But he told them later that he actually got hit by a car, and that was the real reason. He revealed it when they were talking about the episode. (Burn The Stage EP.3)
Among the group members, Jimin's voice is Suga's favorite. (Burn the Stage EP.6)
He does a sign were he touches his ring finger to his thumb where the only fingers left up are his pointer, middle, and pinky finger. This symbolizes peace, love, and unity.
The younger members, especially Jimin, Jungkook and V, respect Suga a lot as a talented rapper and producer.
When he starts to argue with someone he wants to hold the others hand, to keep himself calm and stop fighting.
He likes to spend his time with J-Hope the most, because he is cheerful and brightens up Suga's mood very quickly.
If he would date, he wouldn't have an ideal type regarding looks, but his partner has to share his passion for music. "I focus on personality and atmosphere. I don’t have an ideal type" - Suga
He is very introverted and likes to be to himself most of the time. However, when around the other members, he's a lot more outgoing.