List of Female Rappers and Singers Who Become Successful After Their Appearance on ‘Unpretty Rapstar’


Jang Da-hye, better known by her stage name, Heize, is a South Korean singer, rapper, songwriter, and composer signed under Stone Music Entertainment. After making her debut in 2014 with the EP Heize, she gained popularity after appearing on the second season of the South Korean reality show Unpretty Rapstar.

In 2014, Heize made her debut with her EP Heize, which included a total of six songs. Heize then participated in Mnet’s reality rap show Unpretty Rapstar, but was eliminated in the semi-finals. Nevertheless, she rose to fame after her appearance on the show, which brought her attention as a singer.

Heize released her second EP, And July, in 2016, and it eventually peaked at number 34 on the Gaon Music Chart. The two singles “And July” and “Shut Up & Groove” peaked at numbers 8 and 27, respectively, on the Korean national chart. “Shut Up & Groove” also charted on the Billboard US World chart.

Heize released the digital single “Star” in December 2016, and it achieved an “All-Kill” after reaching number one in all the Korean music real-time charts soon after the release. She then released her third extended play, /// (You, Clouds, Rain), in 2017, and its lead singles “Don’t Know You” and “You, Clouds, Rain” were also successful and achieved an “All-Kill” after reaching number one in all Korean music real-time charts, and charted at number one on Gaon Digital Chart.

Heize released her fourth EP, Wind (alternatively called Wish & Wind), on March 8, 2018. It was well-received, with the lead singles also topping the charts.

Heize also has featured with so many other singers and released several original soundtrack songs for drama series, such as “Round and Round” featuring Han Su-ji, for the popular drama series Goblin’s OST part 14, that released on January 20, 2017.

On July 30, 2019, Heize released another OST, “Can You See My Heart”, for the drama Hotel Del Luna.


Kim Bo-mi, better known by her stage name, KittiB, is a South Korean hip-hop artist signed to Brand New Music. She was the first runner-up in the TV music competition Unpretty Rapstar 2.

KittiB debuted in 2012 with the single, “I’m Her,” which featured R&B singer Zion.T. In 2015, she appeared on the TV rap competition Unpretty Rapstar 2, where she placed second in the final episode of the show.

After the show, she signed a contract with the hip-hop label Brand New Music. In April 2016, she appeared as a producer on JTBC’s rap competition show, Tribe of Hip-Hop, which pairs rappers with non-rapper celebrities to teach them hip-hop.

During her time on Unpretty Rapstar 2, she said, “Mnet actually contacted me first. I received a casting offer during season 1, but I did not answer the phone because I didn’t recognize the number. I think it was fate that I ended up on season 2 instead.” She also said, “People recognize me a lot more now, but I wouldn’t go on the show again. The program was hard on everyone’s physical and mental health.

On March 22, 2016, KittiB released her song “Doin’ Good”, featuring rapper Verbal Jint.

Kittib and Jace released their song “So Busy” on September 20, 2016, featuring Kanto and Dj Juice.

On November 20, 2016, she released another single, “Nobody’s Perfect”.

On June 16, 2019, rapper KittiB released her brand new song, “Anymore”.