Meet L.Joe, From Boy Band Rapper to Actor
From Boy Band Rapper to Actor. Hmm, sounds very interesting, doesn’t it? Yup, in this opportunity, we will give you a complete run-through of everything about L.Joe and his journey from a boy band rapper to an actor.
He is formerly known as L.Joe, the rapper and visual of the boy band TEEN TOP. Unfortunately, he left the group that raised his name due to certain issues. Make sure you read until the last page to find out the details!
Full Profile and Facts of L.Joe
Before talking about L.Joe’s long and versatile career journey, let’s first check out his profile. L.Joe was his stage name while he was a member of the boy band TEEN TOP. His real name is Lee Byung Hun (이병헌). He was born in Gunsan, North Jeolla Province, South Korea on November 23rd, 1993, so his zodiac is Sagittarius. He is 171 cm (5’7″) tall. He is active in social media, such as Twitter and Instagram. You can follow him on Twitter under the username @ljoeljoe1123 and his Instagram account is under the username @iam931123.
He started living in Oregon when he was 12 but came back to Korea when he was 17 years old. He is fluent in English. While he was living in America, he used his Korean name, Lee Byeong-hyun, but people around him nicknamed him Joe. That is why his stage name, L.Joe, stands for Lee (his last name) and Joe (his English name).
L.Joe is also good at playing piano and music composition. L.Joe once said that his ideal type is 4Minute’s HyunA. L.Joe and HyunA actually went to the same school but they didn’t see each other often.
L.Joe naturally has acting skills in his blood as he already starred in some of the drama series before he made an official debut as an actor. He acted in the drama series Grandpas Over Flowers Investigation Team (2014 – ep. 7), Missing Noir M (2015 – ep. 7), and Entertainer (2016).
L.Joe As TEEN TOP member
L.Joe was the most popular member of TEEN TOP as he was the visual and the lead rapper. His nickname is the Mischievous Rapper. TEEN TOP debuted under TOP Media, on July 10th, 2010.
Teen Top made their official debut with the song titled “Clap” (박수), with a music video featuring Lizzy from After School. Their debut single album, Come Into The World, was released on July 9th, 2010. The debut of this group officially took place on July 10th, 2010, first appearing on the MBC channel, on Show! Music Core, then on SBS’ Inkigayo, and received a positive response to both performances. Netizens also mention TEEN TOP in association with Knife Choreography.
Departure from TEEN TOP
In February 2017, L.Joe surprised the fans by the announcement of his departure from Teen Top. He filed for nullification of the contract with T.O.P Media and left TEEN TOP. The big reason why L.Joe decided to leave T.O.P Media is due to the agency’s refusal to let L.Joe have his solo promotions.
Actually, the things got complicated when L.Joe met T.O.P Media for renewing his contract in October 2016. L.Joe decided to leave TEEN TOP and stand by himself for pursuing his solo career. But, the agency apparently put limits on his solo promotions.
It is reported that the agency did not interact diligently with the producers. When L.Joe was repeatedly contacted to appear after being offered a salary that fits his role, acting experience, and recognition, the agency did not make any negotiations on his appearance. Even for the drama A that contacted L.Joe first because they wanted to cast him, the label asked for a salary 7 times his previous, and the offer fell through.
Surprisingly, on TEEN TOP’s global Fan Meeting June 2017, L.Joe still attended as he had already signed the contract to attend this fan meeting. It was the last time L.Joe did promotions with TEEN TOP.