Stage Name: B.I (비아이) Birth Name: Kim Han Bin (김한빈) Birthday: October 22, 1996 Hometown: Goyang, South Korea Nationality: Korean Debut: October 4, 2015 Position: Lead rapper
B.I is a lead rapper in the YG Entertainment group iKON. B.I pursued a career in entertainment from a young age, making his first feature as a rapper on MC Mong's 2009 single "Indian Boy". He joined YG Entertainment as a trainee in 2011, and went on to compete in the company's televised survival audition program WIN: Who Is Next. B.I was placed on Team B and lost to Team A, and thus was unable to debut as a group under the name WINNER.
Along with the other Team B members, B.I went back into YG's training system until it was announced that he and fellow Team B member Bobby would be competing on the 2014 third season of the popular rap competition program Show Me the Money. B.I ultimately placed in the Top 8 of the show, while Bobby went on to win the entire program. Around the same time, B.I also participated in Mix & Match, YG's followup program to WIN: Who Is Next. The survival program determined the members of YG's next group iKON.
From the get-go B.I, Bobby, and Jinhwan were confirmed members of the group, while the remaining Team B members had to compete against other YG trainees. B.I successfully debuted as a member of iKON in October 2015, and has been active with the group and as a featuring rapper on other artists' work since.
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