These Different Charms Of BTS’ Suga, Agust D, and Min Yoon-gi That Make A.R.M.Ys Go Wild

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Let’s Meet a Multi-talented Idol who has a lot of Charm, BTS’s SUGA!

Famous as a rapper in the group that is so popular right now, BTS, Suga is also a songwriter and producer by the name of August D. The rapper, whose real name is Min Yoong-gi, was born in Daegu, South Korea on March 9, 1993. The stage name Suga (슈가) is derived from the first syllables of the term shooting guard (슈팅 가드), the position he played in basketball as a student. He adopted the alias Agust D in 2016 for his mixtape, which is derived from the initials DT, short for his birthplace, Daegu Town, and “Suga” spelled backward.

He became interested in rap after hearing “Reggae Muffin” by Stony Skunk, stating that it was different from anything he had ever heard before. After hearing Epik High, he decided to become a rapper. By age 13, he began to write music lyrics and learned about MIDI. He worked a part-time job at a recording studio by age 17. From then on, he began composing and arranging music, rapping, and performing. Before being signed, he was active under the name Gloss as an underground rapper. As part of the hip-hop crew D-Town in 2010, he produced “518-062”, a song commemorating the Gwangju Uprising.

Suga originally joined the company as a music producer, he trained under Big Hit Entertainment for three years alongside members J-Hope and RM. BTS debuted in 2013 with the track “No More Dream”, from their debut single album 2 Cool 4 Skool. We know he’s very talented, but let’s find out more about Suga’s charms!

Min Yoon-gi: Rebellious Boy Who Had Many Dreams

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Before he reached his current success, Suga, or Min Young-gi, was known to come from a poor family. In school, he didn’t study well. All he did is play basketball and do anything he could to break the rules. His father’s job wasn’t enough to pay the bills, so he and his brother had to take part-time jobs. During his free time, he used to secretly work as a musician in a group called ‘Daegu Town’ (DT). His parents would not allow him to work as a musician, but his brother knew everything and supported Suga’s dream. When he found out that the Big Hit Entertainment would be having an audition, he tried it and passed.
During his training period, He worked hard on his music even though his parents disapproved of it, He had to decide whether to take a bus home or eat dinner. He got stressed a lot and suffered from depression and anxiety just to reach his dream. After a long treatment, he has become better. And after long training, he finally debuted. Before his debut, he thought nobody would like him, but he was happier after knowing there were fans who loved him. From there he felt love. But in December 2013, he developed appendicitis and had to have surgery. After he recovered, he came back with his gummy smile.

 

BTS’s Suga: A Charming Producer Who Easily Get Tired and Energetic At The Same Time

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Suga was famous as a talented producer who didn’t even think he would debut or promote as an idol when he entered Big Hit Entertainment. On ‘Rookie King Channel BTS’ in 2013, the BTS members got the chance to share their thoughts about their lives with the agency and secrets about other members.
Suga went first, stating, “It has been three years since I signed with this agency, That’s because three years ago, someone here told me a blatant lie!” Suga claimed when he signed the contract, he wasn’t expecting to debut as an idol group because of what producer Bang Si Hyuk promised, and Suga continued, “He told me I’d be in a group like 1TYM. He said I wouldn’t have to dance, only groove a little. He said all I’d have to do is focus on rapping. BTS has some of the hardest choreography done at music shows!
Suga concluded by saying, “I actually wanted to be 1TYM!“, and continued, “Three years ago, you and your lie tricked me into signing the contract, producer Bang Si Hyuk! You’re so mean!
This isn’t the only time Suga mentioned that he was never meant to be a dancing-machine idol group member. In his interview for BTS’s Japanese fan club, Suga shared the background of how he came to join the group:
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Suga revealed, “I didn’t want to become a rapper, I wanted to become a composer. That’s why I joined an agency.” Since Suga’s dream had been to become a producer rather than an idol, he had actually already begun building a different skillset. He continued, “I started listening to hip-hop and reggae music in 5th grade, when Stony Skunk came out in Korea. I’m also influenced by Epik High. As I began listening to music, I started to write my own lyrics, too. No one told me I had to, but I felt like I needed to. After I moved on to middle school, I started composing too… I actually studied classic composing too because I wanted to go to an art high school.” That’s how Suga joined the other BTS members, and become a very talented rapper-producer.

The video above is a compilation of moments where Suga often became energized and was easily tired at the same time. Almost all of the moments show his expressions when he is tired or sleepy and is sitting or lying down. there was a scene from behind the scenes for one of their music videos. After running a little, Suga immediately sat down and rested. But there was also a moment where Suga was seen dancing, with a very enthusiastic and happy expression. He was also seen getting excited several times and running back and forth to show his excitement.

Several times Suga also deliberately lost games so he did not need to come into play. He  once said that it’s hard to diet because he can’t sleep when he’s hungry. Suga is known to have said that he hopes that in his next life he can live as a stone, so that he doesn’t have to do anything, LOL. He even said he bought a neck pillow that he found at Incheon Mall for 30,000 won, and claimed he couldn’t live without it. Of course, there are many more adorable moments from Suga when he gets tired so easily and becomes very excited at the same time.

Agust D: Mad Man Who Like To Rap

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Upon joining Big Hit Entertainment, Suga entered as a producer in 2010 under the name Agust D. In the early years after debuting as part of BTS, both Suga and RM faced criticism from the South Korean underground hip-hop scene for “selling” and becoming K-pop idols. Among his commitments as a BTS member, Agust D used his time on the plane and in the hotel room after concerts to continue producing and composing music. In an interview for Grazia Korea, Agust D expressed a desire to release the music he wanted to do, without having to consider its popular appeal or music ratings. He intends to release his music for free in the form of a mixtape to avoid such considerations, commenting that the album “has a feeling of being trapped in some sort of framework” because of the need for company involvement in promotion and advertising. Developing Agust D musically on the basis of hip hop, much of Agust D’s inspiration for lyrics comes from his own stories of dreams, youth, and reality.
To distinguish his work from his work as Suga, he developed the alter ego “Agust D”.

 

Through their YouTube channel, Big Hit Entertainment’s (ibighit) Suga, aka Agust D, released the ‘August D’ music video on August 15, 2016. In the song ‘Agust D’, mental health is one of several subjects Suga tackles. The 26-year-old takes on the alternate name to make a distinction from his presence with BTS. Every song feels like a message of rebellion. Especially the title track, which features an abrasive horn sample, pounding drum programming, and some of the most aggressive and technically difficult Korean rapping you’ll hear. In case you thought shit was sweet with Suga, it’s not. “You wasted rappers should be grateful that I’m an idol,” he raps.

These lyrical moments feel like refutations of the onlookers who disregard Suga’s legitimacy as a hip-hop artist because he’s a part of BTS.

Three days after releasing the music video ‘Agust D’, Big Hit Entertainment released ‘Give it to me’ again, which is also one of the songs from August D.’s first mix. Until now, this music video has been watched for more than 30.3 million times.

On July 29, 2016, Agust D‘s release date was confirmed to be in August. On August 15, it was released on SoundCloud and for free download via links on Twitter in conjunction with a music video for “Agust D”. On August 18, Agust D released a follow-up music video for “Give It to Me”. Aside from interviewing for Grazia Korea and Marie Claire Korea, Agust D did not further promote the mixtape. Fuse later ranked it at #16 on their list of the 20 best mixtapes of 2016.

In February 2018, the mixtape was rereleased for digital purchase and streaming, sans its first two tracks. The reissue reached #3 on Billboard’s World Albums Chart, #5 on the Heatseekers Albums chart, and #74 on the Top Album Sales chart. The rerelease also caused Agust D to reach #46 on the Emerging Artists chart for the week of March 3.

Tracklisting

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. “Intro ; Dt sugA” (feat. DJ Friz)
  • Agust D
  • Pdogg
  • Agust D
  • Pdogg
1:04
2. “Agust D” Agust D Agust D 3:54
3. “give it to me” Agust D Agust D 2:29
4. “skit” Agust D Agust D 1:14
5. “724148” (치리사일사팔) Agust D Agust D 3:05
6. “140503 at dawn” (140503 새벽에)
  • Agust D
  • Slow Rabbit
  • Agust D
  • Slow Rabbit
1:24
7. “The Last” (마지막)
  • Agust D
  • June
  • Pdogg
  • Agust D
  • June
  • Pdogg
4:05
8. “Tony Montana” (feat. Yankie)
  • Agust D
  • Pdogg
  • Supreme Boi
  • Yankie
  • Agust D
  • Pdogg
  • Supreme Boi
3:28
9. “Interlude ; Dream, Reality”
  • Agust D
  • Slow Rabbit
  • Agust D
  • Slow Rabbit
1:32
10. “So Far Away” (feat. Suran)
  • Agust D
  • Slow Rabbit
  • Agust D
  • Slow Rabbit
5:58
Total length: 28:13

 

Sample credits

“Intro: Dt sugA” and “Agust D” contain a sample of “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World”, as performed by James Brown.