Yoon Mirae, the Best Female Korean Rapper
Generally speaking, hip-hop in South Korea has fewer listeners compared to K-pop, which has been spread widely to other countries and continents. However, K-hip-hop fans must not be underestimated because they are considered loyal and supportive toward their favorite artists. Many newcomers have debuted after showcasing their skills on the Show Me The Money series, yet no female rapper can outclass Yoon Mirae to this day. Arguably the greatest female icon in K-hip-hop industry, Yoon Mirae is not only excellent in rapping but also singing, making her a versatile artist in the industry.
In this article, Channel-Korea will tell you all about Yoon Mirae, starting with her personal profile and fun facts, her discography, television programs, awards, and nominations, her marriage and son, her soundtracks, her alleged plastic surgery, her Instagram feed, and her latest news. So, stay tuned!
Yoon Mirae’s Full Profile
Birth Name: Natasha Shanta Reid
Stage Name: Yoon Mirae
Date of Birth: Fort Hood, Texas, United States of America, May 31, 1981
Age: 39 (Korean age) / 38 (International age)
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Chinese Astrology: Rooster
Height: 162 cm
Weight: 46 kg
Blood Type: AB
Spouse: Tiger JK
Children: a son named Seo Jordan
Group: Uptown, Tashannie, MFBTY (current)
Talent Agency: Jungle Entertainment, Feel Ghood Music (current)
Homepage: Yoon Mirae
Facebook: Feel Ghood Music
Fun Facts About Yoon Mirae
- Yoon Mirae’s father is African-American, whereas her mother is Korean.
- When she moved to Korea as a child, Yoon Mirae was bullied for being mixed-race.
- Yoon Mirae dropped out of high school when she was 15 years old. Later she took an equivalency exam.
- Yoon Mirae was scouted when she went with a friend to an audition. The representative of the agency heard her singing outside the audition room and signed her to a new group called Uptown. She was just 16 years old when she debuted with the rest of Uptown members in 1997.
- Between her debut with Uptown and Tashannie, Yoon Mirae was signed to be a part of a bigger girl group called Uptown Girls, which includes female singer Lee Hyori as one of the members.
- Yoon Mirae volunteered for seven months at a camp for multicultural children in Korea. She advocates for multiculturalism in Korean families.
- Along with her husband Tiger JK, Yoon Mirae was commended by Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare for their efforts in speaking out about child abuse.
Yoon Mirae’s Discography
Long before becoming known as a member of MFBTY, Yoon Mirae has been part of the group Uptown and the duo Tashannie since the start of her career in 1995. Six years later, Yoon Mirae made her solo debut as an artist and released several albums. Not only solo but Yoon Mirae also actively collaborates with other singers and groups. In this section, Channel-Korea has compiled a list of songs and albums by Yoon Mirae that you may want to listen to!
2001 – As Time Goes By (full album)
2002 – Gemini (full album)
2002 – To My Love (full album)
2007 – Yoonmirae (full album)
2007 – Wonderful (collaboration with Johan Kim)
2008 – Bye Bye Bye (single album Rhapsody Part 2 with Tiger JK)
2009 – Please Don’t Go
2009 – Momentum (as the featured artist with Planet Shiver, Double K, Yankie, Dok2, and MYK)
2010 – Positive Vibes (as the featured artist with Paloalto for the album Lonely Hearts)
2011 – Get It In (non-album single featuring Tiger JK and Jung-in)
2013 – Touch Love (original soundtrack of Master’s Sun)
2014 – I Love You (original soundtrack of It’s Okay, That’s Love)
2014 – Without You Now (as the featured artist with Euna Kim, Tiger JK, and Bizzy)
2015 – Nice To Meet You (as the featured artist with Tiger JK)
2015 – This Love (non-album single)
2015 – #Capture The City (collaboration with Boys Noize)
2015 – You and I (collaboration with Jeon In-kwon, Zion T, Tiger JK, Galaxy Express, and others)
2015 – I’ll Listen To What You Have To Say (original soundtrack of School 2015: Who Are You)
2015 – Always (original soundtrack of Descendants of the Sun)
2016 – Black Happiness (featuring Gye Min-a for the original soundtrack of Fantastic Duo)
2016 – You Are My World (original soundtrack of Legend of the Blue Sea)
2016 – Because of You (SM Station Season 1)
2016 – Jam Come On Baby (non-album single)
2016 – Home (as the featured artist with Ailee)
2016 – How Are You? (collaboration with Punch)
2017 – Ghood Family (collaboration with Tiger JK and featuring Bizzy, Black Nine, BB, and MRSHLL)
2017 – Goodbye (featuring Ann for the original soundtrack of Queen of Mystery)
2017 – The Sky of My Youth (original soundtrack of The Best Hit / Hit The Top)
2018 – No Gravity (non-album single)
2018 – Kawi Bawi Bo (non-album single)
2018 – Clover (as the featured artist with Jin Longguo)
Yoon Mirae’s TV Appearances
Besides working as a musician, Yoon Mirae has often appeared on television broadcasts. Some popular programs where she was the guest are Running Man, Radio Star, The Return of Superman, and Happy Together. Here you can check the list of Yoon Mirae’s television appearance below!
2011 – Mnet Superstar K3 (as Judge)
2011 – KBS Entertainment Relay (as Guest Cast)
2012 – KBS Win Win (as Guest Cast)
2013 – KBS Lee Sora’s Gayo Plaza (as Guest Cast)
2015 – SBS Running Man (as Guest Cast)
2015 – KBS Happy Together (as Guest Cast)
2015 – Mnet 4 Things Show (as Guest Cast)
2016 – OnStyle Laundry Day (as Guest Cast)
2016 – MBC Fantastic Duo (as Contestant on episodes 17 – 20)
2017 – KBS The Return of Superman (as Guest Cast0
2018 – tvN The Fan (as Guest Cast on episode 1)
2018 – MBC Radio Star (as Guest Cast)
2018 – KBS Happy Together (as Guest Cast)
Yoon Mirae’s Awards and Nominations
Throughout her career, Yoon Mirae has received several awards and nomination. In 2007, she won Best R&B Performance on the Mnet Asian Music Awards, and in 2013, the female rapper won Best Original Soundtrack on the MelOn Music Awards and Mnet Asian Music Awards. In addition, Yoon Mirae was nominated for Best Original Soundtrack on the Mnet Asian Music Awards in 2014 for her soundtrack on It’s Okay, That’s Love.
Yoon Mirae’s Marriage With Tiger JK
As the general public knows, Yoon Mirae is married to fellow rapper Tiger JK. They held a private ceremony in a Buddhist temple one month before Tiger JK’s grandmother, who had wanted to see them wed, passed away. Prior to their marriage, Yoon Mirae and Tiger JK had dated in secret for seven years.
Yoon Mirae and Tiger JK have often appeared in variety shows. During their interview with KBS’ Entertainment Relay in 2011, Yoon Mirae revealed that she never apologizes whenever she fights with her husband, “When we fight, one person definitely has to back down. However, that person is never me and I never say I am sorry”. Tiger JK chimed in that love is the foundation of marriage, “After all, you have to live with that one person forever”. After their fights, Yoon Mirae and Tiger JK would kiss to make up their relationship. Moreover, they revealed that the secret to having a long-lasting relationship is to spend a lot of time with each other while sharing everything with each other, whether it be happy, sad, or hard times.
The rapper couple’s strong relationship was in evidence as Yoon Mirae and Tiger JK stuck together when they were the victims of a scam in the past, “We said we would do it with people we trusted, but we fell for it again. It was entirely planned fraud. We had no money, but we had to somehow get our meals”. Their misery then led them to team up with Bizzy for MFBTY. Though they did not gain much at the start, Yoon Mirae and Tiger JK were able to sleep comfortably and not worry about their financial state.
Not only when they were scammed but Yoon Mirae and Tiger JK were also loyal to one another when their partnersuffered illness. In the past, Tiger JK had been diagnosed with myelitis, and Yoon Mirae suffered from depression after the death of their dog Smoky. With love and patience that they have for each other, Yoon Mirae and Tiger JK are able to pass through the hard times.
In 2012, the lovebirds shared that they had lived under the same roof along with Yoon Mirae’s mother before their marriage. Tiger JK stated that he used to make a low income. Even so, he still came to see Yoon Mirae in her house, “The taxi fare going to her house is normally only $20 but I spent so much more because I did not know how to find her house in Uijeongbu. When I got to the area, I can only call her from a payphone”. Yoon Mirae added that after seeing his effort, her mother approved him to move in with them.
In 2015, Yoon Mirae and Tiger JK were chosen to be modes for the fashion magazine Sure. Through an interview, the couple said that despite their on-going nine years of marriage, they still feel like they’re dating, “While we were married, we have never forced any role upon each other. There are no differences in our relationship between then and now.” Yoon Mirae reasoned that contrary to what most people think, love is simple as it just happens when humans live. Tiger JK interjected, ‘It is not a love when you put a condition on it”. In addition, Yoon Mirae talked about the possible scenario hadn’t she met her husband, “I would probably still be doing music. However, I would not be as happy as I am now”.
Similar to what his wife said, Tiger JK claimed during his appearance on KBS2 Happy Together that meeting Yoon Mirae was destiny, “When I was little, whenever I drew or dreamed, I saw Yoon Mirae. She was my ideal type. I knew as soon as I saw her. One time my father ran into her at a resting area. He told her that his son would like her and later he told me that he found a cute girl he thinks I would like”. When the couple started dating, they just realized that both of them were the subject of Tiger JK’s father’s story. In another interview on MBC’s Radio Star, Tiger JK proclaimed his shameless love toward his wife, “I always need her with me. I am a fool without her”.
Yoon Mirae and Tiger JK’s partner in MBFTY, Bizzy, also testified about the couple on Mnet’s 4 Things Show, “They are the perfect lovey-dovey couple. Yoon Mirae is more delicate in showing her feelings, while Tiger JK showers her with love and affection”. Emphasizing her husband’s characteristics when it comes to love, Yoon Mirae praised Tiger JK as a superhero because he would sacrifice anything for their relationship. That’s indeed some kind of rare and unbeatable romance to see in this age!
Yoon Mirae’s Son
As has been mentioned previously, Yoon Mirae has a son named Seo Jordan who was born in 2008. He made his first television appearance on KBS’s The Return Of Superman in November, 2017, as the guest of Sam Hammington’s family.
Along with his parents, Jordan greeted Sam’s first child, William, playing together just like buddies. On the other hand, Yoon Mirae and Tiger JK talked with Sam about music and their children. You can watch their special appearance below.
Back in 2013, Jordan also attended Robert Downey Jr.’s red carpet event for Iron Man 3. Dressed as the hero of the movie, Jordan looked adorable when he stood in the stage along with Yoon Mirae, Tiger JK, and the actor, himself.
Jordan is also suspected to have inherited his parents’ talent in the music department. Tiger JK revealed on Mnet’s Volume Ten that Jordan already knew how to mimic beats ‘scratched’ by a DJ, rap, break dance, and sing when he was only 4 years old. On the other hand, Yoon Mirae said that Jordan uses a small machine to make music, “He thinks of it as a game. He produced songs while messing around with it, thinking he is just casually having fun playing”, to which her husband added, “He has his own distinctive color and helps us a lot”. Notably, Jordan participated on making one of MFBTY’s songs, Fart Dance.
In addition to his natural musical talent, Jordan is also famous for his speedy growth. In 2012, an online community forum discussed how Jordan is considered a giant baby.
As you can see, Jordan looks big despite being a 3-year-old, hence, many people mistake him to be older than children who are one or two years ahead of him. The netizens reacted, “He could be enrolled into middle school” and “He would not look right in a stroller even though he is a 3-years-old boy”.
Yoon Mirae as Queen of OST
Besides establishing her name as the hip-hop diva, Yoon Mirae is also known for being a queen of soundtracks, along with Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon, Ailee, and Gummy. Her first soundtrack from Gong Hyo-jin and So Ji-sub’s drama, Master’s Sun, has sold over 1,3 million in its digital version, making it one of the best soundtracks released in 2013.
Yoon Mirae also lent her voice in another Gong Hyo-jin drama, It’s Okay, That’s Love, in 2014. The song told about someone who is longing for their loved ones and feeling hurt and afraid at the same time because of their longing.
Unlike the previous dramas, which starred by senior actor and actress, Yoon Mirae filled the soundtrack of the teen drama School 2015: Who Are You. The song comforted people who feel that the world is against them, saying that their loneliness and hardship will be endured as their loved ones will always be on their side
Yoon Mirae is also included as the artist who sang the soundtrack of Korea’s mega-hit drama in 2016, Descendant of the Sun. The song is really popular and becomes one of the most memorable soundtracks, along with Gummy’s You Are My Everything.
Lastly, Yoon Mirae’s voice can be heard on Jun Ji-hyun and Lee Min-ho’s fantasy romance drama, Legend of the Blue Sea. Her soft voice along with the orchestral instruments on the song You Are My World really suits the dramatic scene between the mermaid and the con-artist, as you can hear in the video below.