- Kwon Ji Yong (Korean: 권지용, born August 18, 1988), better known by his stage name G-Dragon (Korean: 지드래곤), is a South Korean rapper, singer, songwriter, producer and model.
- After 6 years as a trainee under the record label YG Entertainment, G-Dragon officially debuted as the leader and one of two rappers for the Korean group Big Bang. G-Dragon has been involved with writing, composing and producing many of Big Bang’s tracks, including “Lies”, “Last Farewell”, and “Haru Haru”.
- He released his debut solo album, Heartbreaker (2009), which yielded the number-one single of the same name. The album went on to become one of the most successful albums of the year, garnering sales of over 200,000 copies and winning the Mnet Asian Music Awards for Album of the Year.Heartbreaker also sparked major controversies for the artist, including accusations of plagiarism. After almost a year of hiatus, G-Dragon and bandmate, T.O.P collaborated to record and release the album GD & TOP (2010). The album saw the release of three singles: “High High,” “Oh Yeah,” and “Knock Out,” all of which have charted within the top three positions of the Gaon chart, with “High High” becoming a chart-topper.
- G-Dragon’s influence extends beyond the music industry, having shaped major trends in South Korea. His tight control over his image and artistry have won him praise for his contribution to fashion, and his lyrical contents and composition have garnered him awards.