B.A.E: /beh/ noun. Before anyone else; a person you adore or find important.For the very first edition of FLY HIGH's My "B.A.E" Monday, we have two men who have captured our hearts in many different ways. Do Kyung Soo (D.O) and Jung San, better known by his stage name San E, tied for first place this week! Congrats to them.
Let's start off with D.O who not only debuted in one of hallyu wave's top groups Exo, but has also been continually gaining popularity as a rising actor. He had his breakout role Taeyoung in the movie Cart of which he also participated in the OST.
At the time, it was Kyungsoo's second role, but he took home Best Young Actor at the Seoul International Youth Film Festival and Best New Actor at the APAN Star Awards. He also helped break some of the prejudices Korean drama-goers have of "idol" actors. Does anyone remember 2015's police thriller I Remember You / Hello Monster? Park Bo Gum won Best Supporting Actor and the Popularity Award at KBS' Drama Awards and D.O proved that he could also pull off an evil or deceitful character as Lee Joon Young's younger self.
So I guess it doesn't come as that much of a surprise D.O, is wrecking our bias list one high note at a time and leaving us in slight awe as Beom Shil in the movie Unforgettable / Innocence / Pure Love with leading young lady Kim So Hyun. Also noted, that he won Most Popular Actor at this year's Baeksang Arts Awards.
Kyungsoo & Yoo Young Jin sing 'Tell Me (What is Love)' for SM STATION
Did I also mention that he cooks for the other members of Exo? It's like the saying goes, the way to person's heart is through their stomach! 💕
Be sure to check out D.O's newest movie project Hyung (Brother) with Jo Jung Suk when it comes out! I hear his character practices judo.
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Let us now talk about rapper, singer-songwriter, and producer San E! In 2008, he made his debut in the underground scene with his own mix tapes Ready to Be Signed and Ready to Be Famous. He gained recognition by Verbal Jint, another very well-known rapper, who recruited San E to his hip-hop crew Overclass. A still ready to be signed artist, his 2010 hit Rap Genius won Best Hip Hop Song at the Korean Music Awards before he signed to JYP. It was evident to many K-Pop fans who found him after his JYP debut that San E had a bright and fun personality. A noted favorite of mine during that time was his song Don't Go, a collaboration with labelmate Changmin of 2AM and Outsider. After making a smart decision to sign with hip-hop label Brand New Music, he has only been gaining a lot of much-deserved success and popularity.
The Big Boy rapper rised to the top of the charts in 2013 with Story of Someone I Know off of 'Not' Based on a True Story and won for Song/Artist of the Year at the Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards. The music video was also important in bringing a little more LGBT awareness to the Korean music scene, as the storyline featured San E finding out that his girlfriend was in love with another woman. 'Not' Based on a True Story's Where Did You Sleep?, a collaboration headlining crewmates Verbal Jint and Swings, and Break Up Dinner with Phantom's Sanchez also made it into Gaon's Top 10 that year.
San E has also gained many K-Pop fans for his cute and sweet duets with female artists like 2014's hit single A Midsummer Night's Sweetness with After School's Raina. The song won for Rap/Hip Hop at Seoul Music Awards and MelOn Music Awards as well as Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards' Song/Artist of the Year. Another cute duet from 2014, San E and Kang Min Hee's What's Wrong With Me? in the OST of Lee Seung Gi's You're All Surrounded had reached Gaon's Top 5. In 2015, Big Boy San E came back with his first studio album The Boy Who Cried Wolf. The album won Best Rap/Hip-Hop Award at the Golden Disk Awards and Me You, a duet with former labelmate 15&'s Baek Yerin, won Best Rap Performance at MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards).
San E & Bumkey's 'Body Language' stayed at the top of the charts in 2014
Congratulations to San E for also winning the R&B/Ballad Award at the Seoul Music Awards this year! Whether the song is fun, silly, sweet, badass, sexy, or even dramatic, San E has got all the bases covered. Even before I started liking his music, San E's addictive choruses would play in my head at the randomest moments.
Comment below who you want to vote for on the next My "B.A.E" Monday!