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Lai Kuan Lin (라이관린; or Kuanlin) is a Taiwanese rapper under Cube Entertainment. He is best known for finishing 7th in Produce 101 Season 2 making him a member of the project group Wanna One.

He is also a member of the unit Wooseok X Kuanlin with PENTAGON's Wooseok.

Career

2017–2019: Wanna One

In 2017, he was a contestant on Mnet's survival show Produce 101 Season 2. He finished in 7th place thus making him a member of the project group Wanna One. The group debuted on August 7, 2017 with their first mini album 1X1=1 (To Be One) and concluded activities following their final concert on January 27, 2019.

2019: Wooseok X Kuanlin, legal dispute with Cube

Following Wanna One's disbandment, Kuanlin became a member of the unit duo Wooseok X Kuanlin, alongside PENTAGON's Wooseok. They debuted on March 11 with the release of their first mini album 9801.[1]

On July 20, he requested to terminate his contract with Cube Entertainment[2], the reason being Cube violated the norms of the contract, and he had his management rights sold to a third-party company.[3]

However, Cube affirmed that there was no legal cause to terminate the contract[4], and that they would plan to respond actively to the allegation by legal means.[5][6]

On August 7, 2019, the first questioning between Kuanlin's representatives and Cube started on the Seoul Central District Court.[7]

On November 21, 2019, Kuanlin's request was dismissed by the court, with Cube stating there was no reason behind the termination request, despite Kuanlin's side proving otherwise.[8] [9] This in turn caused an outrage on behalf of Kuanlin's fans on social media, using the hashtag #StandByKuanlin[10], demanding the liberation of Kuanlin from the company.

Filmography

Movies

  • A Little Thing Called First Love (2019)

Reality shows

Music video appearances

Endorsements

  • Dr Jart+ (2018)
  • L'Oréal Paris China (2019)
  • Xylis (2019)

Trivia

  • He reveals that he can speak three languages, Chinese, English, and Korean.
  • To him, it's really hard to pronounce the word 족발 (Jok-bal).
    • It's one of his favorite foods, but he's afraid of pronouncing it so he asks for 보쌈 (Bo-ssam) instead.
  • He moved to South Korea to pursue a K-Pop career.
  • He has trained in Cube Entertainment for 6 months. If including Produce 101 Season 2, it has been 10 months.
  • The teachers noted that he can rap better in Korean than in English.
  • He admires PENTAGON's Wooseok.
    • This was further noted by the fact he mentioned him in his acceptance speech in the finale of Produce 101 Season 2.

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References

Official links

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