Crush is a South Korean hip hop and R&B star who is known for his catchy and beautiful songs that have dominated music charts in Korea and beyond, earning him the admiration of millions of fans. The singer-songwriter has been active in the Korean pop music landscape since 2012 when he released the single Red Dress, followed by two other singles titled Where Do You Wanna Go and Crush on You. However, it wasn’t until two years later that Crush made his official music debut with the release of Sometimes, the lead single from his first album, Crush on You. The album debuted in the top 10 of the Gaon Music Charts and sold lots of copies.
Since then, Crush’s fame and success have only grown. Many of the songs he has released over the last few years have climbed to the top of the music charts and he has also received over a dozen awards and nominations for his work from award bodies such as the Korean Music Awards, Mnet Asian Music Awards, Golden Disc Awards, Asia Artist Awards, Soribada Best K-Music Awards, Seoul Music Awards, Melon Music Awards, and Gaon Chart Music Awards. Crush has collaborated with several notable musical acts in the K-pop music industry and beyond. Thanks to his unique sound and style of music, his fanbase is constantly expanding and his career keeps getting bigger by the day.
Things To Know About Crush And His Music Career
1. He Used To Be A Member Of A Hip-Hop Group Called Masterpiece
Unlike most solo K-pop acts, Crush didn’t start his career as a member of a K-pop band. However, he was once part of a rap-centric music duo known as Masterpiece alongside Cheetah, who is currently signed to C9 Entertainment. The group only existed for a brief period before calling it quits. They made their official debut on May 17th, 2012, with the release of the single – Rhythm Genius, which turned out to be the only song Masterpiece put out before they broke up for undisclosed reasons. Masterpiece was signed to CMG Chorokbyul at the time.
2. Crush Belongs To A Music Crew Called VV:D With Other Well-Known Artists
It’s not unusual for artists to band together for the purpose of helping each other sharpen their craft and providing support to one another when and where it is needed. VV:D serves this purpose for Loco, Zion.T, Gray, Elo, and Crush. While they are not a music group in the strict sense because they produce each other’s music, and often collaborate with one another with the aim of bettering themselves as artists. All the crew members have a tight-knit friendship.
3. The Singer Is In Love With American Music And Draws Inspiration From It
The best artists know that music is a global phenomenon and there are so many places to draw influence from when creating songs. Crush has allowed the sound and feel of the American Music industry to seep into his tracks as well as his videos. Listening to his work never feels like that of any other artist because of the unique sound he has been able to forge for himself by blending several styles of music. It was recently announced that Crush plans to collaborate with several American musicians such as Norah Jones and Pink Sweat$.
4. He Has Trained Under Multiple Entertainment Agencies
Before he became the star that he is today. Crush used to be a trainee for several entertainment labels including the big boss – YG Entertainment. When he launched his solo career, he did so with the record label – Amoeba Culture, where he remained for over four years before leaving to join P-Nation—the record label owned by the Gangnam Style crooner Psy—in June 2019.
5. His Real Name is Shin Hyo-Seob And He Is Close Friends With Many Famous Kpop Artists
As you may have guessed, Crush isn’t the rapper’s birth name, but an alias he adopted for the stage and his music career.
He is also known for his relationships with stars like the Youtuber and songwriter Lydia Paek, and the actor-singer-rapper, Jay Park. He is often pictured hanging out with them and he has also shared posts of them on his social media pages, much to the delight of his fans and followers.