After their global popularity led BTS to becoming the first ever K-pop group to win a Billboard Music Awards at this year’s BBMAs — a feat that no other Korean aside from Psy has achieved — all eyes are on the septet. With their trend-setting approach to K-pop and their charismatic, but relatable, personalities, the boy band is the most visible Asian act in the US right now.
While their ever-loyal ARMY knows everything that there is to learn about the BTS guys, there’s a lot to this South Korean act that newcomers may not be familiar with. Never fear, Billboard ‘s basic guide to the BTS members is here to help.
The intense-gazed Min Yoongi was born March 9, 1993 and had a career as an underground rapper before getting into the K-pop game. When BTS dropped their first album in 2013, Min debuted as one of the group’s three rappers under the stage name Suga. Check out five quick facts about Suga below.
1. He can do it all: Songwriting, producing, rapping, you name it!
Extremely versatile, Suga has his hand in much of BTS’ work, and recently began working with other Korean artists. He produced contemporary R&B singer Suran’s “Wine,” or “If I Get Drunk Today,” which beat out some of Korea’s most popular acts and topped local music charts.
2. He’s also known as Agust D
A blend of his stage name and the initials of “Daegu Town,” Suga’s hometown in southwest Korea, Suga has used this stage name for producing in the past, and used it for the solo release of last year’s hard-hitting mixtape by the same name.
3. He really likes sleep
Within the group, Suga is definitely BTS’ resident chiller and the one who is very vocal about his love of sleep. During BTS’ third anniversary celebration last year, Suga wrote on his Facebook profile that his special skills were lying down and that he is the worst member in BTS at moving around.
4. He isn’t afraid to talk about life’s difficulties
When he dropped his Agust D mixtape last year, it became painfully obvious that Suga’s charming demeanor and sweet smile belie the inner turmoil the musician has faced while pursuing a career as a K-pop rapper. Openly addressing the burdens of fame and struggling with his identity in “The Last,” Suga sardonically, aggressively opened up about how he sought psychological treatment.
5. He Plays The Piano
Longtime ARMYs know that while he may be a rapper now, Suga’s “First Love” was the piano, and his solo track on the group’s Wings album is a rap serenade to the instrument he grew up with. He has performed the song on stage while playing piano during this year’s Wings tour.