San E: Profile, Discography, and Latest News

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Everything You Need To Know About South Korean Rapper San E

Jung San was born on January 23rd, 1985. He is more commonly known by his stage name San E. He is a South Korean rapper that debuted in 2010 under JYP Entertainment, where he was the label’s first solo rapper. He left the company in 2013 to sign with the hip-hop label Brand New Music. He moved with his family to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, when he was a middle school student because his parents had been struggling financially as a result of the 1997 Asian financial crisis. He attended the University of Georgia, where he majored in graphic design.

In late 2018, Brand New Music terminated San E’s contract after the rapper made a series of controversial remarks about feminism.

San E has released one full-length album, The Boy Who Cried Wolf (2015), and three extended plays: Everybody Ready? (2010), ‘Not’ Based on the True Story (2013), and Season of Suffering (2017). San E has received several major awards, including Best Hip-Hop Song at the 2010 Korean Music Awards, Best Rap Performance at the 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards, and the Hip-Hop Award at the 2016 Golden Disc Awards and at the 2016 Seoul Music Awards.

San E’s Profile

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Birth Name Jung San (정산)
Stage Name San E (산이)
Date and Place of Birth January 23rd, 1985, Bupyeong District, Incheon, South Korea
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • Songwriter
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Height  175 cm (5’8”)
Weight 68 kg (149 lbs)
Blood Type O
Years Active 2008–present
Labels
  • JYP Entertainment
  • Brand New Music
Social Media

Facts About San E

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  • He seems to really enjoy yoga.
  • He is also known as “Rap Genius.”
  • When he was a middle school student, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, due to his parents’ financial struggles as a result of the 1997 Asian financial crisis.
  • He attended the University of Georgia, where he majored in graphic design.
  • San E released his first mixtapes Ready To Be Signed and Ready To Be Famous in 2008 and 2009.
  • To draw attention, he jokingly dissed underground rapper Verbal Jint.
  • The diss brought him attention from the Korean hip-hop community and from Verbal Jint himself, who invited San.E to join his hip-hop crew, Overclass.
  • San E won the “Best Hip-Hop Song” award at the 2010 Korean Music Awards for the track “Rap Genius.”
  • Soon after, he became the first solo rapper to sign with JYP Entertainment.
  • In September 2010, he released his first mini-album Everybody Ready?, which featured fellow JYP Entertainment artists Min (Miss A), Joo and Yeeun (of Wonder Girls).
  • He debuted several days later on the television music show M Countdown, with his single “Tasty San,“ featuring Min.
  • In 2011, San E released “Please Don’t Go,“ a collaboration with rapper Outsider and singer Lee Changmin (of 2AM).
  • The song reached #14 on the Gaon Digital Chart, making it his highest charted song while contracted under JYP Entertainment.
  • In April 2013, San E ended his contract with JYP Entertainment, saying that he was leaving on good terms.
  • San E was also featured in several songs, including Hyoyeon‘s “Wannabe,” as well as Ravi‘s “BOMB,” and Kangnam‘s “Chocolate.”
  • He was a mentor on The Unit (Idol Rebooting Program).
  • On December 6th, 2018, he ended his exclusive contract with Brand New Music.

San E’s Career

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San E released his first mixtapes Ready To Be Signed and Ready To Be Famous in 2008 and 2009, respectively. As a way to draw attention to his self-released music, San E jokingly dissed established underground rapper Verbal Jint in one of his songs. The diss brought him attention from the Korean hip-hop community and from Verbal Jint himself, who invited San E to join his hip-hop crew, Overclass.

Still unsigned, San E won the Best Hip-Hop Song Award at the 2010 Korean Music Awards for the track “Rap Genius.” Soon after, he became the first solo rapper to sign with JYP Entertainment, one of the “big three” record labels in the K-Pop industry. That September, he released his first mini-album, Everybody Ready?, which featured fellow JYP Entertainment artists Min (of Miss A), and Joo and Yeeun (of Wonder Girls). He debuted several days later on the television music show, M Countdown, with his single “Tasty San,” featuring Min. In November, San E started another round of promotions for the single, “LoveSick,” the music video for which starred label mate Sohee of Wonder Girls.

In 2011, San E released several singles, including “Please Don’t Go,” a collaboration with rapper Outsider and singer Lee Changmin (of 2AM). The song reached #14 on the Gaon Digital Chart, making it his highest charted song while contracted under JYP Entertainment. That year he also collaborated with Verbal Jint, Beenzino, Swings, and other artists on the single “Stand Up, Japan!” which benefited Japan’s relief efforts after the Tohoku tsunami.

In April 2013, San E ended his contract with JYP Entertainment, saying that he was leaving on good terms. That June, he joined the hip-hop label, Brand New Music, home to his Overclass crew mate, Verbal Jint. San E achieved his first #1 hit on the Gaon Digital Chart with the song, “Story of Someone I Know,” from the album ‘Not’ Based on the True Story. His next three singles, “Where Did You Sleep?” (feat. Verbal Jint and Swings), “Break-Up Dinner” (feat. Sanchez of Phantom), and “What’s Wrong With Me” (feat. Kang Min Hee), all reached the top ten of the Gaon Digital Chart.

San E’s success continued with the single “A Midsummer Night’s Sweetness,” a collaboration with Raina (from After School). The song was an instant hit and achieved #1 on ten music charts shortly after its release. The song went on to win awards that year at the Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards, the MelOn Music Awards, and the Seoul Music Awards. His next single, “Body Language” (featuring Bumkey), was also a #1 hit, topping both the Gaon Digital Chart and seven Korean real-time music charts shortly after its release, despite its 19+ rating. In June 2017, San E was featured in Hyoyeon’s single “Wannabe.” San E was also the rap mentor for KBS2’s survival show, The Unit.

San E’s Discography

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Studio Albums

Title Album details
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
  • Release date: April 23rd, 2015
  • Label: Brand New Music, LOEN
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Extended Plays

Title Album details
Everybody Ready?
  • Release date: September 13th, 2010
  • Label: JYP Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
‘Not’ Based on the True Story
  • Release date: November 21st, 2013
  • Label: Brand New Music, LOEN
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Season of Suffering
  • Released: January 23, 2017
  • Label: Brand New Music, LOEN
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Charted Songs

Year Title Album
2010 “Tasty San” (feat. Min) Everybody Ready?
“LoveSick”
2011 “Someone’s Dream” (feat. So Hyang) Dream High OST Pt. 3
“Please Don’t Go” (feat. Outsider & Changmin) Non-album single
“Wish U To Be Unhappy” (feat. Bee of Rphabet)
“Big Boy” (feat. Bee of Rphabet)
2013 “Story Of Someone I Know” ‘Not’ Based on the True Story
“Where Did You Sleep?” (feat. Verbal Jint & Swings)
“Break-Up Dinner” (feat. Sanchez of Phantom)
2014 “What’s Wrong With Me” (feat. Kang Min-hee) You’re All Surrounded OST Pt.1
“A Midsummer Night’s Sweetness” (with Raina) Non-album single
“Body Language” (feat. Bumkey)
“Brand New Day” (with Brand New Music artists) Brand New Year Vol.3
2015 “Coach Me” (feat. Hyolyn & Jooheon) No Mercy Part.1
“On Top Of Your Head” (feat. MC Gree) The Boy Who Cried Wolf
“Me You” (feat. Baek Ye-rin)
“Like Father, Like Son” Non-album single
“Sour Grapes” (with Mad Clown)
2016 “Like An Airplane” (feat. Gary)
“Sugar and Me” (with Raina)
2017 “I Am Me” (feat. Hwasa of Mamamoo) Season of Suffering
“Mohae” (feat. Bolbbalgan4) Non-album single

San E’s Filmography

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TV Drama
Year Title Episodes Role
2016 Entourage Episode 16
Himself
Guest Role
Movies
Year Title Role
2018 Live Again, Love Again
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Leading Role

TV Shows

Year Title Episodes Role
2018 Video Star: Season 2 Episode 90
Guest
2018 High School Rapper: Season 2 Episode 8
[Mentor]
Main Host
2017 The Unit Episode 28
[Mentor]
Main Host
2016 Hip Hop Tribe 2: Game of Thrones Episode 14
Host
Main Host
2016 Unpretty Rapstar 3 Episode 10
Guest
2016 Battle Trip Episode 200
(Ep 1-47)
Main Host
2016 Hip Hop Tribe Episode 10
Main Host
2016 Produce 101: Season 1 Episode 11
Guest
2015 Unpretty Rapstar 2 Episode 10
Main Host
2015 Show Me The Money: Season 4 Episode 10
[Judge/Producer]
Main Host
2015 Unpretty Rapstar Episode 8
[Host]
Main Host
2015 4 Things Show: Season 2 Episode 23
Guest
2014 Off To School Episode 68
Guest
2014 Show Me The Money: Season 3 Episode 10
[Judge/Producer]
Main Host
2013 After School Club Episode 88
Guest
2010 Hello Counselor Episode 450
Guest
2010 Running Man Episode 252
Guest

San E’s Awards And Nominations

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Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2013 “Story of Someone I Know” Song/Artist of the Year (August) Won
2014 “A Midsummer Night’s Sweetness” (with Raina) Song/Artist of the Year (July) Won

Golden Disk Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 “A Midsummer Night’s Sweetness” (with Raina) Digital Bonsang Nominated
2016 The Boy Who Cried Wolf Best Rap/Hip-Hop Award Won

Korean Music Awards

 
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2010 “Rap Genius” Best Hip-Hop Song Won

MelOn Music Awards

 
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2014 “A Midsummer Night’s Sweetness” (with Raina) Best Song Nominated
Hot Trend Nominated
Rap/Hip-Hop Won
“What’s Wrong With Me?” OST Nominated

Mnet Asian Music Awards

 
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2014 “A Midsummer Night’s Sweetness” (with Raina) Song of the Year Nominated
“Body Language” Nominated
Best Rap Performance Nominated
“A Midsummer Night’s Sweetness” (with Raina) Best Collaboration Nominated
2015 “Me You” Song of the Year Nominated
Best Rap Performance Won

Seoul Music Awards

 
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2014 San E & Raina Hip-Hop/Rap Award Won
2015 San E Hip-Hop/Rap Award Won