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Who is Suga? A Member of the K-POP band BTS
(Korean: 민윤기; born March 9, 1993)
Min Yoon-gi, better known by his stage names Suga (stylized in all caps) and Agust D, is a South Korean rapper, songwriter and record producer.
Managed by Big Hit Music, he debuted as a member of the South Korean pop idol group BTS in 2013. In 2016, he released his first solo mixtape, Agust D. In 2018, he re-released the mixtape for digital purchase and streaming. The reissue reached number three on Billboard’s World Albums Chart.
In 2020, he released his second solo mixtape, D-2. Commercially, the mixtape peaked at number 11 on the US Billboard 200, number seven on the UK Albums Chart, and number two on Australia’s ARIA Album Chart. The Korea Music Copyright Association attributes over 100 songs to Suga as a songwriter and producer, including Suran’s “Wine” which peaked at number two on the Gaon Music Chart and won best Soul/R&B track of the year at the 2017 Melon Music Awards.
SUGA is responsible for writing, composing, arranging, mixing, and mastering his material.
Over 100 registered songs are credited to him by the Korea Music Copyright Association. He is a pianist, and produces hiphop and R&B music.
His lyrics involve themes that are “full of dreams and hope,” conceived with the intent of his music becoming “many people’s strength.” He cites Stony Skunk and Epik High as his inspirations to pursue hiph op music. Particularly, he credits the former’s reggae-hiph op hybrid album Ragga Muffin (2005) and its title track for igniting his interest in the genre
Jeff Benjamin of Fuse said that SUGA’s mixtape “showcases the star’s ear for hot productions, hardcore rap style, and how he can make his vulnerabilities a strength. Other critics stated that SUGA’s “storytelling execution in the music he creates tears down the barrier of censoring and sugarcoating”.
In January 2018, SUGA was promoted to become a full member of the Korea Music Copyright Association.
In a survey conducted by Gallup Korea, SUGA was ranked the 13th most preferred idol of the year for 2017. In the 2018 and 2019 surveys, he ranked 7th and 9th, respectively.