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G-Dragon (지드래곤) is a South Korean rapper, singer-songwriter and producer under YG Entertainment. He is a member of the boy group BIGBANG and its sub-units GD&TOP and GD X TAEYANG.

He made his solo debut on August 18, 2009 with the album Heartbreaker.

Early life

G-Dragon was born in Seoul, South Korea on August 18, 1988. At the age of 7, he debuted in a kids group called 'Little Roora'.[1]After the group's disbandment, he joined SM Entertainment as a trainee when he was 8 but left for YG Entertainment 4 years later.[2]

Career

G-Dragon debuted with BIGBANG in 2006 as BIGBANG's leader because he had the longest training period along with Taeyang. His solo career began in 2009 when he released his first album Heartbreaker. He then continued releasing other single albums, such as 'One of a Kind' (2012), 'Coup D'Etat' (2013) and 'Kwon Ji Yong' (2017). He formed duos with both Taeyang and T.O.P.

Personal life

Military service

G-Dragon enlisted in the military on February 27, 2018. He was discharged on October 26, 2019.

Discography

Korean

Studio albums

Mini albums

Live albums

  • Shine A Light (2010)
  • 2013 G-Dragon World Tour Live CD: One Of A Kind in Seoul (2013)
  • 2013 G-Dragon 1st World Tour 'One Of A Kind' The Final (2013)

Digital singles

  • "Look Only At Me Part.2" (2008)
  • "That XX" (2012)
  • "MichiGO" (2013)

Features

  • Perry - "Storm" (with Masta Wu) (2001)
  • Wheesung - "Magic Eye" (2002)
  • Se7en - "Intro" (with Perry) (2003)
  • Se7en - "Can You Feel Me" (2006)
  • Park Bom - "Anystar" (with Gummy)
  • Lexy - "Super Fly" (with T.O.P and Taeyang) (2007)
  • Kim Jo-han - "So in Love Pt.2" (2007)
  • Gummy - "Intro – Work it Now" (2008)
  • Uhm Jung-hwa - "Party" (2008)
  • Uhm Jung-hwa - "D.I.S.C.O Pt.2" (2008)
  • YMGA - "What" (feat. YG Family, DJ Wreckx and CL) (2008)
  • Seungri - "Strong Baby" (2009)
  • Taeyang - "I Need A Girl" (2010)
  • Seungri - "Open the Window" (2011)
  • PSY - "Blue Frog" (2012)
  • Seungri - "Let's Talk About Love" (with Taeyang) (2011)
  • Taeyang - "Stay With Me" (2014)
  • Zion.T - "Complex" (2017)
  • IU - "Palette" (2017)
  • PSY - "Fact Assault'" (2017)

Japanese

Studio albums

  • Coup D'Etat + One Of A Kind & Heartbreaker (2014)

Live albums

  • G-Dragon 2017 World Tour "Act III, M.O.T.T.E" in Japan (2018)

Features

  • W-inds - "Rain is Fallin" (2009)

English

Features

  • Pixie Lott - "Dancing on My Own" (with T.O.P) (2012)
  • Major Lazer - "Bubble Butt" (with Bruno Mars, T.O.P, Tyga & Mystic) (2013)
  • Skrillex - "Dirty Vibe" (with Diplo and CL) (2014)
  • Baauer - "Temple" (with M.I.A.) (2016)

Trivia

  • He is the third oldest and the third youngest member in the band BIGBANG.
  • G-Dragon has a sister named Kwon Da-mi.[3]
  • Zodiac sign: Leo
  • Chinese zodiac: Dragon
  • G-Dragon and Taeyang were originally planned to debut as a duo named 'GDYB' but the plan changed and 3 more members were added to make BIGBANG.
  • His favorite colors are black and red.
  • He was one of the youngest rappers as a trainee, at 13 years old.
  • His favorite food is 'ganjang gaejang' which is crab preserved in soy sauce.
  • He is a former SM Entertainment trainee.[2]
  • He can speak English, but he used to not be good at it back since he was a trainee.
  • He is very shy and modest in real life, despite his strong and charismatic image on stage.
  • G-Dragon has a lot of tattoos including one (Inhale Exhale) that helped him grounding his anxiety in the past when he suffered from it.
  • He is called the Iguana Idol because he changed his hair color multiple times since his debut.
  • He chose the stage name G-Dragon because the "Ji" in Ji-yong in his case means it is similar to the letter G and "Yong" is Korean for "Dragon".
  • His lucky number is the number 8 because his year, month and day of birth all have 8 in them.

Gallery

Main article: G-Dragon/Gallery

Official links

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