Mingyu is a South Korean rapper and singer who debuted in 2015 as a member of the boy group SEVENTEEN. He is known for his smooth rapping style, which combines elements of hip-hop, R&B and K-pop. Mingyu has also become popular for his mellow vocals and charismatic stage presence.

Full Name
Kim Mingyu
Apr 6, 1997
6' 1"
Net Worth


Mingyu, born Lee Mingyu on October 15th, 1998 in Seoul, South Korea is a rapper, singer and songwriter. He debuted as a member of the South Korean boy group SEVENTEEN in 2015. The group's music style is a fusion of hip hop and R&B. Mingyu has contributed to many of the group's songs as a lyricist and composer.

Mingyu started his career as an underground battle rapper at the age of fourteen under the name “X-Teen”. During his time as an underground artist he released several mixtapes and singles that were well received by fans. In 2014, he participated in Mnet’s rap survival show Show Me The Money 4, which helped launch him into mainstream recognition.

In 2015, Mingyu was signed to Pledis Entertainment and debuted with SEVENTEEN. Since then he has been actively promoting with the group both domestically and internationally; releasing hit albums such as Love & Letter (2016), Going Seventeen (2017), You Make My Day (2018) and An Ode (2019). He has also made appearances on several variety shows such as Weekly Idol, Knowing Bros and A Look at Myself. 

Outside of SEVENTEEN, Mingyu released his first solo single "My Way" in 2019 which reached number one on major Korean music charts such as Melon and Genie Music. In 2020 he also released two digital singles "Thinking About You" and "I'm Not Alone". 

Mingyu is known for his versatility when it comes to rapping and singing, making him one of the most popular members of SEVENTEEN.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1996</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Mingyu is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On April 6, 1996, Mingyu was born in Seoul, South Korea.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2011</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Begins Writing Music</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Mingyu begins writing rap music and posting it online.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2014</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Signs With Record Label</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Signs with the record label KQ Entertainment.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2015</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">1st Mixtape Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Releases his first mixtape "My Life My Music."</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2017</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Debut Single is Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Releases his debut single "Dreams Come True."</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2018</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Debut Album is Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Releases his debut album "The Story of Mingyu."</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2020</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Nominated for Best New Artist</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Nominated for Best New Artist at the Korean Music Awards.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> His Music is Inspiring</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Mingyu's music is inspiring and uplifting. His lyrics are honest and thoughtful, and his beats are always catchy and unique. He has a way of making his listeners feel understood and empowered by his words.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He's Diverse</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Mingyu is a diverse artist who isn't afraid to blend genres. He often incorporates different sounds from around the world into his songs, giving them a unique flair that sets him apart from other rappers.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He's Creative</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Mingyu is incredibly creative in his music. From his style of rapping to the visuals he creates for his videos, Mingyu always finds ways to stand out from the crowd and make his art truly unique.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> First Solo K-pop Act to Reach 100 Million Views</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Mingyu was the first solo K-pop act to reach 100 million views on YouTube with his song “Out”.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Winner of 'Rookie King'</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Mingyu won the Korean variety show, Rookie King, in 2013 and has since gained recognition as a talented rap artist.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Produced His Own Album</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Mingyu is credited as an executive producer for his first solo album "The Moment" which was released in 2019.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Trained for 7 Years</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Mingyu trained for seven years under Pledis Entertainment before making his debut in 2015 as part of the group Seventeen.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Appeared in Variety Show</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Mingyu appeared in popular Korean variety shows such as Knowing Bros, Village Survival: The Eight, and Hello Counselor.</p></div>


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