Crown J (크라운 제이) is a South Korean rapper represented by Fly Boy Entertainment; an independent record label he founded in 2008. He gained mainstream success after being a faux married couple to singer Seo In Young in the MBC We Got Married variety show, and brings US styled Hip hop to South Korean audiences. Crown J has since returned to the United States to expand his global musical career.
- Name: Kim Kye Hoon (김계훈)
- Stage name: Crown Jewel, often shortened to Crown J
- English name: Kevin
- Birthday: November 12, 1979
- Blood Type: O
- Weight: 74 kg
- Height: 180 cm
- Education: University of Santa Monica, UCLA (Dropped Out)
Crown J was born Kim Kye Hoon on November 12, 1979 in South Korea. He began studying abroad in the United States at a young age, and continued his academia there where he initially attended University of Santa Monica but transferred to UCLA. Kim majored in the Department of Economics and gained an interest in basketball and track, but had to return to South Korea to fulfill mandatory military service. Kim developed an interest in music after his military duty ended, and on March 8, 2006 he released his debut album ONE & ONLY, which was co-produced by prominent K-Hip hop artists such as MC Mong and Dynamic Duo.
He released his second album Miss Me? on August 17, 2007 then gained mainstream popularity for being a faux married couple with singer Seo In Young in the MBC We Got Married variety show in 2008. The duo was nicknamed the "Ant Couple" on the show and released a digital single together called "Too Much", which popularized the inverted upside down peace sign shaped like the letter "A". Kim released his first mini-album FLY BOY and participated in a string of collaborations with fellow Hip hop artists and pop singers in 2008; he was also featured in two songs for Seo's first single "Cinderella". Kim and Seo left We Got Married in early January 2009 and he released his second digital single "I'm Good" on July 13, 2009.
Kim returned to the United States in 2009 and released the English version of "I'm Good" featuring American rapper Young Dro on July 13, 2009.
- [2008.10.01] FLY BOY
- [2006.09.22] Bae Seul Ki - First Album (Bae Seul Ki) (#10 - It's Groove)
- [2007.03.07] Lyn - The Pride of the Morning (#11 - Lovelyn)
- [2008.03.20] Lexy - The Lexy (#5 Immature Girl)
- [2008.06.18] Mario - Good Bye (Mario) (#1 Good Bye - Cool Mix Ver - )
- [2008.07.23] Seo In Young - Elly Is Cinderella (#2 I Like It, #3 Too Much - Club Remix Version- )
- [2008.10.21] Lena Park - No Break (#1 No Break)
- [2009.04.07] Navi - Heart Damage (#1 Heart Damage)
- [2009.04.13] Blue Brand: 12 Doors -(I Got U)
- [2009.11.13] I'm Good