Let’s Get Acquainted With The Main Rapper of the Legendary Boy Group Under YG Entertainment: Big Bang’s T.O.P
T.O.P has the real name Choi Seung-hyun, and was born on November 4, 1987, in Seoul, South Korea. T.O.P is a singer, rapper, actor, and also a model. T.O.P was formerly known as an underground rapper before finally deciding to join YG Entertainment’s record label. The stage name ‘T.O.P’ was given by Se7en (senior T.O.P at YG Entertainment). T.O.P’s first solo song was on BIG BANG’s first album. Since 2007, his solo song was titled “Big Boy.” T.O.P, Taeyang, and G-Dragon appeared together in the single ‘Super Ply’ for Lexy’s album Rush.
In 2017, T.O.P was hit by a scandal while he was serving his mandatory military duty as a police officer. He was caught using marijuana, and was eventually removed from his military duty as a police officer. Actually, this drug use occurred in 2016. After being removed from his military duty, he again caused a public stir due to an overdose of sedatives due to the drug scandal.
After one year after being expelled from the police, he resumed his mandatory military service in January 2018 as a public service worker. While undergoing military service, many netizens have accused T.O.P of often receiving special treatment and being able to take many vacations from his military service. But the bad accusations were immediately denied by the Yongsan District Office. They gave information and confirmed that T.O.P did not violate the rules. In July 2019, T.O.P finally succeeded in completing his military duties. Because there were new regulations implemented in 2018, his military period was shortened.
In this article, Channel-Korea will tell you about T.O.P’s journey while serving his mandatory military enlistment, from police officer to public service worker, and also his controversy during enlistment. So, stay tuned!
Enlisted as Police Officer
After being declared successful in passing the compulsory military service test, Big Bang’s T.O.P received a definite date when he would start serving the country, South Korea. He began his work on February 9, 2017. He was assigned to join a police officer unit at the Gangnam Police Station as a member of a special band.
T.O.P previously took the test on October 25, 2016, and enlisted in the military. To enter, he had to take several test stages. He successfully passed the test stage for conscription, and served as a police officer.
Before officially undergoing compulsory military service, T.O.P first began his compulsory military training activities on February 9, 2017. He underwent his first training for four weeks. On March 9, 2017, he moved to the Human Resource Development Training Center in Seoul, and completed his police assignment training.
T.O.P, who was undergoing military service, caused a stir in 2017. In the midst of undergoing his period of service, he was caught using marijuana, instead. The bad news was released to the public from the official statement of the Seoul Police, South Korea. T.O.P tested positive for using marijuana after the results of his hair test came out. The man, whose real name is Choi Seung-hyun, had been proven to have been using marijuana since October 2016.
The Seoul Metropolitan Police said the disciplinary review committee concluded he was inadequate to continue his work as a police officer. T.O.P was convicted by a Seoul court on July 20, 2017, for using drugs several times, and the court gave him a 10-month prison sentence with a two-year probation.
T.O.P was caught smoking drugs four times with a woman who was his girlfriend, at his home in Seoul in October 2016. He later pleaded guilty to all charges and regretted his mistakes. Responding to the news, YG Entertainment, which oversees Big Bang, expressed their apologies. They claimed to have known that before T.O.P registered for military service.
“We apologize profusely to the public. We have learned that Choi Seung-hyun is using drugs since he has not registered for military service, after the police conducted a series of tests on him. Hopefully this incident made him aware. Once again, we apologize for making you worry,” wrote YG Entertainment.
T.O.P began serving in the Gangnam Police Station in Seoul in February 2017. All able-bodied men in South Korea are required to complete a minimum of 21 months of military service before the age of 35.
T.O.P’s Health After the Controversy
In June 2017, at around 5 PM South Korean time, T.O.P was rushed to the hospital because he was found unconscious. This Big Bang member affected by marijuana issues was suspected of overdosing on sedatives and transferred to the ICU. A source close to T.O.P said the rapper was unconscious due to an overdose.
“The results of the test have not yet come out, but I suspect he is unconscious due to an overdose caused by excessive drug use. He is currently in severe times due to the [arrest] incident and I think he has reached the peak of stress. This is unfortunate and I hope he wakes up soon,” said the source.
Shortly thereafter, the agency that houses T.O.P, YG Entertainment, confirmed about the artist’s condition.
“TOP has been taken to the ICU and is receiving intensive care. He used to take tranquilizers, but, according to the police, this time he took [sedatives] more than usual. We are checking whether he has regained consciousness or not. Please wait for his health development,” said one source from YG Entertainment.
Various media in Korea reported that T.O.P was not unconscious, but only fell asleep and could not wake up due to overdose of sedatives. They also revealed that the condition of the performer was not at all severe, but the news was not true. YG Entertainment and T.O.P’s mother immediately spoke up, because only they were allowed into the ICU room. T.O.P’s mother felt hurt that her son who was critically preached was ‘just sleeping’.
“My son is still unconscious and reading the news says ‘sleeping’ is painful. Please edit and don’t say things like that. We don’t know how it will turn out. My son is being critical. I see my son dying but I see the news of my son reportedly only sleeping. is the news wrong?” said T.O.P. mother. She said that her son received intensive care and used breathing apparatus. “Because of lack of oxygen, he (T.O.P) could have damaged brain tissue,” she said.
After successfully struggling from his critical condition, T.O.P finally regained consciousness. He was even allowed to go home from the hospital. Even though he was discharged from the hospital, T.O.P still had to get treatment, including from a psychologist. The medical team that treated him said that he still had to receive walking treatment after regaining consciousness. The medical team stated that T.O.P takes one to two weeks after experiencing this incident. However, that’s an estimate for normal people, not for those with psychological problems, like T.O.P.
From Police Officer to Public Service Worker
Once stopped, Big Bang’s T.O.P finally resumed his military service in January 2018. He is serving as a public servant at the Yongsan District Office.
As is known, in February 2017, T.O.P had begun his mandatory military service as a police officer at the Gangnam Police Station. However, because he was involved in a scandal over the use of illegal drugs, his military service was temporarily suspended.
He resumed his military service as a public servant with 520 days left. Previously, T.O.P began his mandatory military service from 9 February, 2017, to 5 June, 2017.
Discharged and Leaving BIG BANG
The oldest member of BIG BANG, T.O.P, officially completed his mandatory military service on July 6, 2019. Fans gathered to greet the idol, who was reportedly seen leaving the Yongsan Administration Office, the location of T.O.P’s work since January 2018.
On Twitter, the return of T.O.P has also become a lively conversation among VIPs, a term for BIG BANG fans. They waited and cheered excitedly, even though he then took a different way out. He was seen leaving the office through the back door, and was caught on camera when he entered the car.
Shortly thereafter, YG Entertainment staff then sent a mass message to fans informing them that T.O.P would greet fans in a certain place, without the presence of the media. When he arrived at the specified location, T.O.P was visibly moved and unable to hold back tears.
Actually, was scheduled to complete his duties as a public servant worker on July 8, 2019. But the schedule was accelerated by two days because the museum where T.O.P was placed was closed on Monday.
“The Tongsan Craft Museum operates on Saturdays as a normal work day and is closed on Mondays. As a result, Choi Seung-hyun will finish his last working day on Saturday July 6, and be dismissed at six o’clock that night,” the Yongsan District Office said.
T.O.P was known to have begun serving in the army since February 2017. Big Bang’s main rapper began his duty as a police officer, but he was charged and fined for illegal drug use in July 2017, causing him to lose his position as a police officer in the military service.
T.O.P Leaving Big Bang
On October 13, 2019, Big Bang’s main rapper, T.O.P, announced on his Instagram account that he will not return to the entertainment world.
“Yes! God! I have no plan to come back (to show business,)” he wrote. “Just see the animal photo.”
Until now, the T.O.P’s agency, YG Entertainment, has not provided an official statement regarding the words of T.O.P through his Instagram.
Latest News of T.O.P
After being discharged from military service, T.O.P has again actively used his social media to communicate with his fans. T.O.P always gives the latest news on his personal Instagram. Here are some of the latestfrom Big Bang’s T.O.P today!
Big Bang’s T.O.P Received Controversy Over Saying Korean People Were Bad!
Choi Seung-hyun, also known as T.O.P, stumbled over a controversy. He recently made a surprising statement regarding his future career. In an Instagram live broadcast, T.O.P stated that he no longer wanted a comeback in South Korea. “I won’t make a comeback in Korea. I really don’t want to do it. People in Korea are very bad,” said T.O.P.
No doubt that statement caused a strong reaction on social media. Many people think he has made a statement that is too harsh, which, of course, will trigger controversy. In the Instagram live, T.O.P claimed to only want to give news to fans. Solo activities and Big Bang, which were stopped, made many people ask about the existence of the charismatic rapper.
“I just want to tell my situation to you even just once. I just want people to know how my life is right now because I’m sure they don’t know. I always feel sorry for fans,” said T.O.P.
The statement about Korean fans brought a wave of blasphemy to him. Shortly after his remarks became a byword, T.O.P deleted all of his Instagram posts on February 11, 2020. The impact of his statement is not exactly trivial, because fans actually still put their hopes on Big Bang’s comeback. Because of this, there will be a lot of opposition from Korean fans who are actually quite loud in commenting.
His statement instantly made many Korean netizens feel unhappy. Many Korean netizens gave him critical comments, as seen on the Naver website:
“Before blaming others for being mean, how about you reflect on your own mistakes first? I’m not even sure if you feel yourself currently behaving normally,”
“Please do a drug test on him, please check if he is sane,”
“Why did I like this person before? Now I can only laugh at it. Before he assumes everyone is criticizing him for no reason, he must remember how much love he received before. He got a lot of love and made a lot of money as a celebrity, but now he is getting criticized for the crime he committed,”
“So, what exactly does he want us to do?”
“So he doesn’t want to make a comeback in Korea, but instead broadcasts live on Instagram in Korean? Stop crying and go abroad when your contract is up, hahaha,”
T.O.P Made His Fans Worried Because Deleted All His Posts on Instagram
After declaring that they would not make a comeback in Korea and getting criticism from netizens, BIG BANG’s oldest member, T.O.P, worried his fans. The reason is that he deleted all uploads on his personal Istagram, @choi_seung_hyun_ttop. T.O.P deleted all uploads on Instagram a few days after broadcasting live on February 7, 2020. his decision to delete all uploads on Instagram immediately made all of his fans worry.
“Top deleted the upload on Instagram. After doing the live broadcast, I became worried. I feel useless,” wrote a fan on Twitter.
“Is T.O.P all right? Why did he delete all of his uploads on Instagram,” said another fan.
However, not a few fans also hope that T.O.P’s decision is only temporary.
“So T.O.P deleted all of his uploads on Instagram. I am worried but hope to just stop playing social media for a while. Trying not to worry too much,” wrote one fan.
Previously, in a live broadcast on Instagram, T.O.P said he did not want to make a comeback in South Korea. “I won’t make a comeback in Korea. I really don’t want to do it. People in Korea are very bad.”
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