T.O.P (Rapper) Biography
Birthday: November 4, 1987 (Scorpio)
Born In: Seoul, South Korea
T.O.P is the stage name of South Korean rapper and actor Choi Seung-hyun who is best known as one of the five members of the K-pop boy-band 'Big Bang', which also includes his rapper friend G-Dragon and singers Taeyang, Daesung, and Seungri. Despite emerging out of the K-pop industry notorious for producing unoriginal, trained bubblegum groups, he and his band brought in rap, R&B and dance elements into pop and have been praised widely for their individuality. The group not only became popular in Korea, Japan and neighboring countries, but also earned recognition worldwide, charting on the 'US Billboard 200' and earning awards at MTV 'Europe Music Awards'. He simultaneously pursued a solo career, often collaborating with his band-mates and other artists. He also ventured into acting, appearing on the South Korean TV series 'I Am Sam' and 'Iris', and played lead roles in movies such as '19-Nineteen', '71: Into the Fire', 'Commitment', 'Tazza: The Hidden Card' and 'Out of Control'. He further expanded his career by debuting as a furniture designer, collaborating with the brand Vitra, which earned him the 'Visual Culture Award' at the 'Prudential Eye Awards'.