Kwon Ji Yong
(Rapper, Singer, Songwriter)
Name: Kwon Ji Yong (권지용)
Stage Name: G-Dragon
Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Designer
Birthdate: 1988, August 18
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Education: Gyeong Hee University majoring in Post Modern Music
Blood Type: A
Hobbies: Listening music, drawing
Family: Parents and one older sister (Kwon DaMi)
Labels: YG Entertainment
Debut: 2006 (Big Bang)
2010 GD&TOP Vol. 1 (with T.O.P)
2012 One Of A Kind
2010 Shine A Light
Awards & Nomination
Cyworld Digital Awards
|2009||“Heartbreaker”||Song of the month (September)||Won|
|2010||Ting’s Choice Award||Won|
Melon Music Awards
|2009||“Heartbreaker”||Album of the Year||Won|
|“Heartbreaker”||Top 10 Album of the Year||Won|
Mnet Asian Music Awards
|2009||“Heartbreaker”||Best Album of the Year||Won|
|2012||“Crayon”||Best Male Artist||Won|
|Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|“One Of A Kind”||Album of the Year||Nominated|
Golden Disk Awards
|2013||G-Dragon||CeCi Popularity Award||Won|
|One of a Kind||Digital Bonsang||Won|
|2012||G-Dragon||Best Male Solo||Won|
MBC Entertainment Award
|2012||G-Dragon||Style Guinness Award||Won|
SBS Pop Asia Award
|2012||G-Dragon||Best Solo Act||Won|
1. G-Dragon’s full name is Kwon Ji-Yong.
2. G-Dragon’s stage name came from his real name Jiyong (G “지” [Ji] & “용” [Yong] wich means “Dragon” in Korean).
3. GD was born in August 18, 1988. So, by the Chinese calendar, he was born in the year of dragon. So matched with his name, right? ^^ And also he is a Leo.
4. Personality: GD could be as hard as he wants; as cool as he wants, depending on his mood. He is the kind of cheerful guy; he could easily calm himself down. GD has a high self-esteem, he is easy going, talented, and has strong charisma. He also the one who could be relied on; lovable. He skill in songwriting doesn’t only make him a member of a boyband but also a good producer.
5. At Bigbang’s debut in 2007, GD won Best Songwriter Award in MKMF (MNet Km Music Festival)
6. GD also known with the name Iguana Idol, because in a year he could change the color of his hair several times. It also makes the VIP (Bigbang’s fans) worried his hair could be damaged.
|A photo uploaded by a Chinese VIP|
7. For American musicians, GD idolizes Jay-Z, Beyonce, Rihanna, Blackstreet, JO, Pharrell, Maroon 5, Mondo Grosso, and 015B.
8. His favorite colors are yellow and white.
9. GD has been participating in entertainment industry since he was a boy. GD’s first appearance in the industry was at a kids TV program 뽀뽀뽀 (Bbo Bbo Bbo), and when he was 7 he became a member of Little Roora.
10. He joined as a YGE trainee when he was 12 (6th grade), persuaded by Yang Hyun Suk (The President of YGE) to ask and force his mom to sign him in to YGE when he came with his mom for audition.
11. He sang the song of Lil’ Bow Wow – That’s My Name at the YGE audition.
12. G-Dragon has been trained by YG Entertainment since he was 12 along with another Bigbang member, Taeyang. In their training time, they were known as GD-YB and has collaborated with other YG family members such as Jinusean.
13. Initially, he was planned to make debut as a duo with Taeyang. But the the Appa of YG changed his mind and thought to create a boyband consists of 5-6 members.
14. GD once fell into a fistfight against Taeyang in a basketball game when they were teenagers.
15. Although Bigbang has been publicly considered fashionable, especially for GD, he is the one who has the highest sense of fashion among others. GD himself has shown and stated his huge interest in fashion world.
16. To date, GD has 7 tattoos on his body:
– 1. One on his back is written: “Too Fast to Livem Too Young to Die,” which is a quote on one of Vivienne Westwood’s T-shirt design.
– 2. On his right arm is written “Vitta Dolce,” which means a better life.
– 3. On his left arm is written “Moderato,”, means “Moderate,”a term in music.
– 4. On his right arm, behind the “Vita Dolce” tattoo, is a tattoo of a legged heart.
– 5. On his left chest, a tattoo of a dragon ball with eight stars from the Dragon Ball series. It symbolizes GD’s name and the eight stars as the highest achievement.
– 6. On his right flank there’s a tattoo written “Forever Young”.
– 7. And on his left flank is written “Mind Control”.
Most of GD’s tattoos were made when Bigbang attended Hollywood Bowl and in the birthday party of Danny (Im Tae Bin) of 1TYM in Las Vegas. Those tattoos were made by a tattoo artist, Carey Heart (Pink’s ex-husband) at a famous tattoo shop, Hart & Hurington Tattoo Parlor, Palms Casino, Las Vegas. While his two newest tattoos was made before Bigbang promoted their mini album Alive.
17. GD likes his nickname “Kwon Leader”.
18. The Lies song was originally GD’s solo song, but then was rearranged and made as the band’s song.
19. GD’s shirt size is Medium, but for some particular brand he wears the Small size.
20. GD’s body height officially is 178 cm (around 5’10”), but originally his height is 168-169 cm (around 5’6.1″).
21. GD’s weight is almost around 55-60 kg, but never been more than that. GD is almost always been “thin”.
22. The first CD he has ever had is Wu Tang Clan album – Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) with his favorite song “C.R.E.A.M”.
23. His fingernails are almost always looked damaged because without he’s noticing he frequently bites his nails.
24. GD also often wears glasses a lot indoors.
25. GD said one of his favorite song is The Killers – Somebody Told Me.
26. He said his reason to jump into the music world is one word, destiny.
27. His nickname when he was a schoolboy was Kwonjiral.
28. Kang In of Super Junior was he boyhood friend.
29. 5th grade was the first time he wrote a song for a talent show.
30. He really doesn’t like people who value him only from his appearance. GD wants to be known because of his music rather than physical appearance.
|Lee Yeon Hee|
|Kiko Mizuhara who is reputedly the girl in the Butterfly music video.
But Sandara whose name is means NaBi (butterfly in Korean),
also often been associated with the anime character
in G-Dragon’s Butterfly music video.
37. GD is the member of Bigbang who has the most fangirls (female idol who idolizes male idol). Maybe the one that made VIP quite stormy and jealous is when the picture of GD with Park Ah Rong spread. At the beginning many speculated GD was with Dami in the picture, but some also said that GD and Ah Rong had a special relationship. But then the rumor just vanished along with time.
38. GD is the third oldest member in Bigbang. (1. TOP, 2. Taeyang, 3. GD, 4. Daesung, 5. Seungri). A little story, once at his birthday GD felt lonely and sad, but after he read some letters from his fans he felt touched and happy.
41. Jun Su 2PM is GD’s best friend when he was a trainee. (Click Here)
42. GD’s debut as a rapper was with Perry in the song Storm.
43. Perry’s song “G-Dragon” was taken from GD’s stage name. (Click Here)
44. GD once got a bad score at the school. When Appa of YG found it out, he warned if GD didn’t get at least 80, he wouldn’t be allowed to continue his training at YGE anymore. With hard effort, GD finally graduated the school with 87.
45. Taeyang and Seungri are the VIP’s favorites for GD’s pair partner. Taeyang is because he’s already been friends with GD since he was 12, while Seungri because of his naive nature and could easily bullied so GD could make fun of him all the time!
47. Among the member of Bigbang, GD’s the only one who’s not afraid of Appa of YG, instead Appa YG has fear to him. Maybe because GD is so talented so Appa YG feels afraid of losing him if he gets scolded ^^.
|GD with Yang Hyun Suk, YG Appa.|
50. GD’s is so proud of himself when he is on the stage.
51. GD always yells as the first ritual before stage performance or before the recording session.
52. Some VIPs gave him a name “Sandpaper Ji Yong”, because his figure looked rough and cold from the outside.GD himself confessed he really looks like that from the outside, but from the inside he wasn’t really that guy. Only people around him and really close to him know what he’s like ^^.
53. GD once said if there any girl VIP who attracted his attention, he’s gonna pull whatever it takes and any chances to talk to her.
54. As a leader, it’s his obligation to check every incoming message to others’ cell phones. He also always check e-mail or comments from Bigbang fans.
59. GD became a composer for the song “Manwon Song” when Seungri performed it at the “Manwon Haengbok (Happy Share’s Company)” show. And Seungri wrote the lyrics.
61. His “1” speed dial in his cell phone is his dad.
67. GD once hit by a marijuana case when he was in Japan, which made him down when Bigbang was in the process of releasing their new album Alive in the mid-2011. But now people has stopped talking about the case.
68. GD is very close to his family, even he got a nickname “Mom’s Best Son”, which make many mothers want to have a son like him. But in fact since he was little GD was quite an egoistic person.
70. GD’s first kiss was a very brief kiss and it was when he just went into high school in front of his house. “I did it because I wanted it and I liked that girl. My heartbeat went so fast when I did it. But win the end we broke up anyway,” he said.
71. At the ending of “This Love” song, GD mentioned name “J” which is the initial name of his ex-girlfriend, a ballerina and a daughter of an important and very rich figure in Korea. Many people suspected Kim Jin Ah/Jina was the one GD meant in his “This Love” song.
|Kim Jin Ah|
73. What he likes to be famous is because he can get so many supports from people.
81. He wants to try to blend Trot music and Hip Hop.
82. His favorite dressing style is his own style; well-made, high-quality, and cool.
83. He has a group named NuThang (read New Thing) consisted by some of his friends like: Lee Soo Hyuk (the guy in 2NE1 music video It Hurtz), Yang Seung Ho, and Lee Jung Hyun who is now a stylist of 2NE1.
85. GD likes to release stress by having laughters with people around him and goofing around. While the ways to boost his mood are sleep of shopping.
87. Has a diagonal sleeping position.
90. GD was once a protege of SM Entertainment for 5 years. He signed for them when he was 5. Because the intensity of the training schedule there was seems irregular, SME was confused whether to make him a soloist or get him into a boyband. Beside, they also confused about the character they want to tag into GD and those made GD uncertain about his future with SME. Moreover, at the time he heard that he was planned to be an supplementary member of Shinhwa, not their official member. Those all made GD became more doubtful about his future. At last he resigned SME. And when we was at his friend’s house, he listened to rap and ever since he learned freestyle rap, and until then he signed for YG Entertainment. YGE was well-known with their rap music.
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99. Christian Louboutin is his favorite sneakers brand and the most bought and worn shoes by him. As for clothes, he preferMarc Jacobs. For other accessories, he chooses rings as his favorite. GD said when he’s nervous, he likes to twirl and play with the ring he wore.
100. About 20 years ahead, GD wants to be like Appa YG, to help people make their dreams come true.