Everything You Need To Know About TROY’s Leader, Kwon Ki-bum a.k.a Bumkey!
South Korea is indeed famous for various musicians who come from different backgrounds. Usually, K-pop is one of the most popular genres and often enters the top music charts, but there are also several other music genres that are also a favorite of many people. One of them is K-hip hop and RnB. Do you know about the K-hip hop and RnB group, TROY?
TROY debuted in 2014 under Brand New Music with 4 members. Not only that but the members who debuted in TROY are also famous for having a good reputation and passion in the hip hop and RnB industry. In the article below, there’s detailed information about one of the members from TROY, Bumkey, that you should know starting from his full profile, fun facts, until his discography!
TROY’s Bumkey’s Full Profile
Real Name: Kwon Ki-bum (Hangul: 권기범)
Stage Name: Bumkey (Hangul: 범키)
Birth: Seoul, South Korea, September 22th, 1984
Star Sign: Virgo
Height: 172 cm (5’7′)
Weight: 63 kg (139 lbs)
Position in the Group: Leader and Vocalist
Agency: Brand New Music
TROY’s Bumkey’s Fun Facts
- TROY’s Bumkey and his family moved to Los Angeles when he was 15 years old
- TROY’s Bumkey lived in Los Angeles for 5 years before returning to Korea alone in 2004
- TROY’s Bumkey was featured on songs from artists like Dynamic Duo, Epik High, and Verbal Jint in his early career journey
- TROY’s Bumkey got surgery to treat a chronic sore throat, and after 2 years, he regained his singing ability
- TROY’s Bumkey’s debut song ”Bad Girl” was produced by Primary and featured by E-Sens of Supreme Team
- TROY’s Bumkey participated in the special unit Group of 20
- TROY’s Bumkey performed in Crayon Pop‘s PopCon concert in Seoul on October 30th
- TROY’s Bumkey was arrested in October 2014 for selling and taking illegal substances, but Bumkey denied everything. In April 2015, the court found him to be not guilty
- TROY’s Bumkey usually only takes 2 backpacks when traveling
- TROY’s Bumkey would like to collaborate with Ailee and Soulchild
- TROY’s Bumkey is married to former Planet Shiver member Kang Da-hye
- TROY’s Bumkey’s ideal type is a feminine girl
- TROY’s Bumkey signed with Brand New Music in 2012
- TROY’s Bumkey was nominated for the Best New Male Award at MAMA 2013 but failed to win the award
- TROY’s Bumkey won the R&B Artist of the Year award in 2013
- TROY’s Bumkey released a regular album titled U-TURN on January 27, 2016, after receiving some convictions on drug allegations
- TROY’s Bumkey has been working as an ambassador for Star Makers, a non-profit private organization that helps youth in crisis, since 2018
- TROY’s Bumkey is the owner of HOLYHOOD MUSIC, an independent label established in collaboration with himself and Brand New Music
- TROY’s Bumkey used to be a member of Gap Entertainment in 2005 with several musicians such as Brown Eyed Soul, Naul, Dok2, Microdot, Dynamic Duo, and TBNY and used his real name Kwon Ki-bum at that time
- TROY’s Bumkey was also a member of the duo 2winS alongside TBNY’s TopBob
TROY’s Bumkey’s Solo Debut
Bumkey as a rookie singer in 2013 was collecting topics from his 1st music video. Bumkey released his first solo single titled “Bad Girl” through Brand New Music’s official YouTube channel.
In the music video for “Bad Girl,” Troy members of the group Bumkey belonged to were attracting attention by firing support. Troy is an authentic R&B hip hop unit composed of Bumkey, Jaewoong, Kanto, and Changwoo. Before the group’s debut, TROY members revealed their faces for the first time through Bumkey’s music video, receiving explosive responses from fans.
Through the music video for “Bad Girl,” TROY members showed their outstanding acting skills by transforming into a cold and arrogant man, a good man, and a dashing man. All of the members boast a strikingly handsome appearance, gaining more and more popularity. They supported Bumkey’s first solo debut both physically and mentally such as by monitoring each other throughout filming, making the filming set warmer.
Besides that, Bumkey also received support from his colleagues and friends for having his solo debut. They added warmth by sending heartfelt support messages full of love for Bumkey who released his first solo single “Bad Girl.”
In particular, it is known that the released cheering videos were filmed by the musicians themselves using their cell phones or cameras. Netizens who saw the videos responded with comments such as “Crazy network cheering video,” “It seems like all hip-hop stars have gathered,” and many more.
Bumkey also received an achievement by topping the music charts with his first solo single “Bad Girl.” Bumkey took first place on Melon, Bugs, Olleh Music, Soribada, and Naver Music. In addition, it swept the top spots in the real-time charts of various online music sites and held a successful declaration ceremony.
Bumkey’s 1st place on the music charts confirmed his strong position as the only R&B male musician among bad girls such as Lee Hyori, CL, and 4minute who had already dominated the music charts as well as the large idol group EXO that released its album on the same day.
“Bad Girl” itself depicts the sad love story of a man who suffers from falling for a bad woman with an irresistible fatal attraction and struggles to get out of such a situation.
Not only promoted with the release of his 1st music video but Bumkey also got the opportunity to appear on several music programs that were aired on television. He promoted his 1st single “Bad Girl” on M Countdown on June 27, 2013.
Let’s watch Bumkey’s debut stage with “Bad Girl” below!
TROY’s Bumkey’s Discography
Besides being a member of TROY, Bumkey has also had the opportunity to make a solo debut and has produced many songs on his own. Not only that but Bumkey has also been active in his career since early 2005 as a featured singer with some Korean singers back then.
To find out more details about TROY’s Bumkey’s discography list and his singles, don’t skip any information in the session below!
|Title||Album Details||Peak Chart Positions||Sales|
|U-Turn||January 27, 2016||Brand New Music, LOEN Entertainment||–||37||KOR: 548|
|Title||Year||Peak Chart Positions (KOR)||Sales (DL)||Album|
|Bad Girl (미친연애)
feat. E Sens
|2013||2||KOR: 1,184,703||Non-album singles|
feat. Dynamic Duo
|Home (집이 돼줄게)||2014||5||KOR: 356,442|
|My Everything (느껴)||2015||6||KOR: 292,282||U-Turn|
|First Moment (널 마주한 순간)||2017||91||KOR: 27,053||Non-album single|
|Breathing All Day (숨쉬는 모든 날)||–||KOR: 17,997||Suspicious Partner OST|
|KOR: 17,243||Non-album single|
|Carpet (with Yesung)||2019||–||[SM STATION 3]|
|Love Song with Rhythmking||2012||–||N/A||Non-album single|
|Only For You (너에게만)
with Verbal Jint
|Don’t Be Happy (행복하지마)
|How Much Is Your Love (얼마짜리 사랑)
with Wheesung feat. Jessi
|Son E Ga (손이 가)
with Hyolyn, Jooyoung
|Come Back to Me
with D Gerrard
(with Chancellor, Jay Park, Lee Hi, Bibi, Jamie, Moon, Samuel Seo, Suran, Babylon, Hoody, Sumin, MRSHLL, Ann One, Elo, twlv, oceanfromtheblue, Jiselle, Sole, Thama, K.vsh, Jinbo, Jerd, Soovi, B.E.D., Xydo, Owell Mood, and None)