Jay Park (Korean name: Park Jae-beom (Hangul: 박재범; Hanja: 朴載範); born April 25, 1987) is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer, dancer, choreographer, entrepreneur, actor, member of the Seattle-based b-boy crew Art of Movement (AOM), and founder and CEO of the independent hip hop record labels AOMG and H1ghr Music.
Park started as a b-boy and dancer, known for his charismatic performances and stage presence. Park was described as a "born entertainer" by Korean pop singer Patti Kim, and The New York Times quoted the president of digital music distributor DFSB Kollective illustrating Park as "not just an artist, but also his own PR agent, fan club president, and TV network." An influential figure in the Korean hip hop scene, Park has been described as the "scene stalwart" of Korean R&B, and has been credited as one of the main figures responsible for the increased commercial acceptance and mainstream popularization of K-hip hop in South Korea.Park initially rose to fame as the leader of South Korean boy band 2PM, formed by record label JYP Entertainment in 2008, after having previously been a trainee for four years. In September 2009, Park returned home to Seattle after comments he wrote about Korea in 2005 as a teenager were publicized by the Korean media; Park officially left the group in September 2009. In March 2010, Park uploaded a cover video of B.o.B's hit "Nothin' on You", with his own rap and lyrics, to YouTube, which went viral and reached over 2,000,000 views in less than 24 hours, leading to the release of Park's first EP, Count on Me in July 2010, which debuted at number one on the Gaon chart. Park returned to South Korea in June 2010 for the filming of Hype Nation, and in July 2010, Park signed a contract with SidusHQ, one of the largest entertainment agencies in South Korea.Rebranding and re-debuting as both a solo singer and a rapper, Park's musical identity would lend to him partaking in the underground hip hop culture in South Korea, a rarity for both active and former K-Pop idols. Park's first mini album, Take a Deeper Look, released in 2011, went multi-platinum in South Korea. Park became the first ever artist crowned winner on a debut stage by winning on KBS' Music Bank with "Abandoned", and was the only solo artist to win "Record of the Year" at the 2011 Golden Disk Awards. Later in 2011, Park co-starred in the Korean movie Mr. Idol and joined the cast of KBS' Immortal Songs 2.In February 2012, Jay Park released his first full-length album, New Breed, which quickly topped charts in South Korea and internationally. The album went multi-platinum in Korea in less than a week. Park also released an English mixtape, Fresh Air: Breathe It, which became the first mixtape by an Asian artist to achieve gold status on DatPiff for surpassing 100,000 downloads. Following the release of New Breed in 2012, Park held his first solo concert in Seoul, and began embarking on tours internationally. In 2013, Park became a permanent cast member of tvN's Saturday Night Live Korea. In 2014, Jay Park performed in South by Southwest (SXSW)'s music festival as a Korean representative pop singer.In 2015 Park released his third full length album, Worldwide. The 18-track rap project contained viral club hits such as "Mommae", and boasted an assortment of appearances from veteran K-hip hop artists such as Gaeko of Dynamic Duo and Tablo of Epik High. In late 2016, Jay Park released his 4th solo album, Everything You Wanted, featuring R&B songs in both English and Korean. The project debuted at #3 on Billboard’s World Album Chart. In 2017, Jay Park was featured and selected as one of the celebrities in Forbes' 30 under 30 Asia list.In August 2017, Jay Park announced a partnership with Jay-Z's entertainment agency Roc Nation, garnering worldwide recognition surrounding his foray into the US market as the first Asian American signed to the label. In 2018, Park dropped his debut US music capsule, Ask Bout Me.