Sleepy, the Korean Rapper and Entertainer
Being a rapper does not mean that you have to look haughty and have a nasty personality. This particular principle seems to guide Sleepy to be a successful rapper who is known as a pleasant fellow who looks for a good time along with his friends and colleagues. His friendly nature attracted the public to be his casual fans, whereas his works as a rapper charmed the hip-hop listeners to be his loyal supporters. Thus, it is not a wonder that Sleepy is loved almost by everyone who has watched him through variety and competition shows in the television broadcast. In this article, Channel-Korea will explain all about Sleepy, starting by his personal profile and fun facts, the list of his discography, filmography, awards and nominations, his appearance on We Got Married, his collaboration with BTS’ RM, his tattoo, thought on losing followers, Instagram Feed, and latest news. So, stay tuned!
Sleepy’s Full Profile
Birth Name: Kim Sung Won
Stage Name: Sleepy
Birth Date: Incheon, South Korea, February 21, 1984
Age: 36 (Korean age) / 35 (International age)
Occupation: Rapper and Entertainer
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Chinese Astrology: Rat
Siblings: 1 (a younger brother rapper DinDin)
Talent Agency: TS Entertainment
Official Website: http://www.tsenter.co.kr/03_ts_artist/01_Album.asp?aid=23
Fun Facts You Have to Know About Sleepy
- Sleepy’s old stage name was MC High and his old nickname was ‘praying mantis’.
- Sleepy’s stage name was inspired by Snoop Dogg. It used to be ‘Sleepy Dog’ but then he took away the ‘Dog’, hence his current stage name.
- Sleepy used to be the rapping teacher of AOA’s Jimin, Mina, and Chanmi for eight months.
- Sleepy has a dog named Fury.
- Sleepy’s drinking habit is stroking people’s head. He once did it to comedienne Jang Do-yeon for three minutes. Initially, he claimed that he did not remember but then admitted that he did it because he was fascinated by how flat Jang Do-yeon’s head was.
- Sleepy wears clothes that cover as much of his body as possible to his family gathering for the Chuseok holiday because, in the past, his grandmother has cried after seeing his tattoos.
- Sleepy went on a blind date with model and host of MBC’s I Live Alone Han Hye-jin.
Starting his career as an underground rapper, Sleepy has released many songs, be it his solo songs as a rapper or collaboration songs with other rappers and singers. In this section, Channel-Korea has compiled a list of songs by Sleepy that you may want to listen!
2015 – I Feel Blame (featuring Baek A-yeon)
2015 – Body Lotion (featuring Bang Yong-guk)
2015 – Cool Night (collaboration with Song Ji-eun)
2016 – So What (featuring Lee Guk-joo)
2016 – Oh Yeah
2017 – Beautiful Life
2017 – Whatever (featuring Bloo and Liquor KJR)
2017 – Placebo (featuring Hash Swan and G2)
2017 – S.M.T.M (collaboration with Hash Swan, Olltii, Black Nine, Punchnello, Penomeco, Ignito, and Dok2)
Besides working in the music industry, Sleepy also ventured to the showbiz as he appeared on several television shows. His most frequent appearance is on Cultwo Show while the program which skyrocketed his name is when he entered the military once again on Real Men and when he became the husband on We Got Married. Here you may check the list of Sleepy’s variety show list below!
2015 – SBS Cultwo Show (as Guest Cast)
2015 – SBS Mash Up (as Host)
2015 – MBC Real Men (as Guest Cast on episode 96)
2015 – MBC Radio Star (as Guest Cast)
2015 – KBS2 Do What You Want (as Guest Cast on episode 1)
2016 – SBS Cultwo Show (as Guest Cast)
2016-2017 – MBC We Got Married (as Regular Cast with Lee Guk-joo)
2016 – Mnet The God of Music 2 (as Regular Cast)
2017 – MBC All Broadcasting in the world (as Regular Cast)
2017 – Mnet Show Me The Money 6 (as Regular Cast)
2017 – SBS Cultwo Show (as Guest Cast)
Sleepy’s Awards and Nominations
In 2015, Sleepy is honored to receive the Best Male Newcomer on MBC Entertainment Awards due to his appearance on Real Me. The other award which he was nominated on was Male Excellence Award in Variety Show for his appearance on We Got Married in 2016. Way to go, Sleepy!
Sleepy’s Virtual Marriage With Lee Guk-joo On We Got Married
In early November 2016, it was reported that Sleepy will join the line-up of MBC’s We Got Married along with comedienne Lee Guk-joo following the departure of Eric Nam and MAMAMOO’s Solar. Before the virtual marriage show, Sleepy and Lee Guk-joo have met on MBC other programs Radio Star and I Live Alone, showing their great chemistry.
The pilot episode displayed Sleepy and Kim Guk-joo who was interviewed before starting their marriage as the newlyweds. Sleepy thinks that Lee Guk-joo seemed to hate him when they met for the first time but they ended up match well with each other. On the other hand, Lee Guk-joo said that there is no one else beside Sleepy who can be paired with her for We Got Married, “I will keep an open mind about the matters”.
The couple received their first mission. Lee Guk-joo made a surprise visit to Sleepy’s house. Though the day was already bright, Sleepy was still sleeping when she rang the bell. Sleepy’s dog Fury was unexpectedly torn the mission card as if he objected Sleepy and Lee Guk-joo’s marriage. After Sleepy woke up, he asked for a glass of water to Lee Guk-joo. She seemed annoyed when she went to the kitchen, though it did not last long as she was surprised seeing two platters of meat shaped into flowers in the fridge.
Sleepy said that he wanted to give Lee Guk-joo the meats as the token of gratitude for marrying him, “I promised to never let you hungry”. However, Lee Guk-joo rejected the gift, saying that he already made her disappointed for sleeping when she visited him, “I am a woman too. I want real flowers, not flowers made out of meat”. Even so, Sleepy is able to calm her by giving a back hug as they were putting the meat back into the fridge. In addition, the couple spent their first meal together in Sleepy’s house.
Despite their shaky beginning, Sleepy and Lee Guk-joo slowly to find each other fascinating and became a pair of lovebird when they held their outdoor wedding. It turned out that the wedding was a homage of Won Bin and Lee Na-young’s wheat field wedding in May 2015 at Jeongseon, Gangwon Province, which is personally selected by Lee Guk-joo as her ideal ceremony.
The couple transformed into a formal attire as Sleepy wore a suit whereas Lee Guk-joo wore a white gown dress, looking lovely with the bouquet of wildflowers in her hand. Sleepy referred himself and Lee Guk-joo as SeulBin (‘seul’ is the first character of ‘Sleepy’ in Korean) and Guk Na-young while remarking that they look 99% just like the actor-actress pair.
The wedding took place at Seoul’s Sky Park and attended by Sleepy’s younger brother DinDin and Lee Guk-joo’s guest on I Live Alone Kim Yong-gun. Sleepy later shared a picture from the event on his Instagram.
In mid-January 2017, Sleepy prepared a romantic candle special event for the birthday of Lee Guk-joo. He hid 32 roses all around the house which signified her age, made a little heart with candles scattering on the floor, and left a cute message outside which she will read as soon as she arrives. The note on the door said, “The password is your birthday” which she found adorable.
Lee Guk-joo was seen to be ecstatic when she found Sleepy inside the heart, waiting with his head cradled in his hand, “You should get up. It is pretty!” which Sleepy replied, “Does your heart hurt right now? Because your heart dropped”. The comedienne wittily joked back, asking whether Gong Yoo will appear when she blows out the candles. Sleepy answered, “I am your Gong Yoo”. Aww, that’s quite cheesy!
On We Got Married’s Lunar New Year episode, the couples of the show gathered for a holiday celebration by went to a bowling station and cooked with one another at Lee Guk-joo’s apartment. Choi Tae-joon and Apink’s Bomi won the bowling competition and as the prize of their victory, they told Sleepy and Lee Guk-joo to kiss. Despite starting off with the blushing, Sleepy shyly came forward and gave his wife a kiss on the cheek which makes everyone squealed pleasantly.
In early February 2017, Sleepy helped out on Lee Guk-joo’s restaurant as a part-time worker. Though having zero experience doing the job, Sleepy is able to keep up due to his good-natured personality which earned him lots of love from the female customers. Looking at her husband’s popularity among the women, Lee Guk-joo disliked it and asked him to not flirt with them. She confessed in the interview, “I felt jealous at first, but it also makes me feel good because he is getting more love. People tell me that they are envious of us and we make them want to get married. When they ask for photos, they want to take it with both of us”.
Regarding his husband’s work performance in her restaurant, Lee Guk-joo commented that she is proud of him, “He was very careful with the customers. I did not have to worry because he did so well on his own”. On his individual interview, Sleepy revealed that he felt a lot of responsibility as if the restaurant was his own. We love a hard-working couple!
Unfortunately, the virtual marriage of Sleepy and Lee Guk-joo has to finish in May 2017. They went to Japan for their honeymoon, visiting a quaint village in the countryside by train. The trip was planned by Sleepy who wanted it to be one and only for Lee Guk-joo.
The couple did various activities, starting from sightseeing and snacking on the delicious food, picking small figurines of their Chinese zodiac sign, discovering their fortunes for the year, and shooting gallery game which once again proved their excellent teamwork. At the end of the trip, Sleepy and Lee Guk-joo wrote each other postcards which they mailed and will receive in Korea.