Jay Park has a lot going for him lately. Forbes put him on the list of the prestigious 30 under 30 celebrities in Asia, i-D magazine called him a “renaissance man,” while several local Seattle TV stations and newspapers have dubbed him as “Seattle’s son” — but to many, he’s simply Jay Park: a friend, family, or a co-worker who happens to be one of Asia’s next biggest stars. Here are 10 reasons why Jay Park is such a boss:
He has mad skills
There’s no denying that Jay has talent. There’s a fire inside of him that enables him to keep going despite his past challenges, and being on stage has motivated him to continue doing the one thing he loves most — music. Everything he does is grounded on music: b-boying, dancing, rapping, and singing. He’s all that plus he’s also added other valuable talents to this list: songwriting and producing other artists.
He’s got a rebellious, free spirit
Jay Park is a boss; he’s literally the co-founder of a hip hop/urban independent label called AOMG alongside Simon Dominic. They give off a squad goals vibe that everyone wants to be a part of. To top it off, AOMG artists have lots of creative freedom; both Jay and Simon D encourage their artists to stay true to themselves while doing their best in making music. And when it comes to business, meeting release dates, and arranging their concepts, they don’t slack off. After all, AOMG stands for “Always on My Grind.”
In an interview, Jay told i-D, “I’ve always been sort of rebellious, when someone says: ‘You have to do this,’ it never makes sense for me to do it. Like, why can’t a K-pop person swear, why can’t they have half-naked ladies in a music video. It’s just a music video, why not? I’m a nice guy when it comes to daily life, but when it comes to society and how people think things should be a certain way, I have to challenge those invisible rules.”
He never forgets his crew
Jay joined a b-boy crew called Art of Movement back in 2003, and he’s been like brothers with the members ever since. Until now, he still works with Cha Cha Malone, and he always gives credit to where credit is due (note: most of his songs include the shout out “I need a Cha Cha beat boy”). In the fast-paced music industry, he makes sure to never forget the people who not only helped him when he’s on top, but also those who stood by him when he hit rock bottom.
He’s great as a solo artist
While he’s all about his crew, he also does amazing things as a solo artist. His voice is smooth and his dance moves are just as sleek. His style is distinct yet versatile; he can sing intimate songs, rap angry lyrics that excite the crowd, and move to any beat while making it his own.
Watch his latest MV release “YACHT” below:
He’s got a global appeal
He may not promote as much on regular Korean music broadcasts, but he’s making waves around the world. He’s done Asian, American, and European concert tours; gaining more and more fans each time. It’s no wonder Jay-Z’s label Roc Nation signed him as one of their artists. He also took the position as one of the judges on “Asia’s Got Talent.”
Jay Park with co-judges Anggun and David Foster
Jay Park at the Rock Nation Studio
He’s got a heart of gold
While most hip hop artists present tough or “livin’ the high life” kind of images, Jay uses his fame to support important social causes. He partnered with cosmetics brand MAC and InStyle Magazine to support World AIDS Day 2016 (AOMG headlined the World AIDS Day Red Party in Seoul), and also partnered with W Magazine Korea for Breast Cancer Awareness. Recently former Vice President Al Gore invited Jay to participate in “24HoursofReality” to represent South Korea and Asia in an effort to promote a healthier world.
He is a real dork
Jay’s great sense of humor has been apparent ever since he first debuted in 2PM, where he was oftentimes considered as the “mood maker” of the group. He basically plays and jokes around like a little boy. His quick wit landed him a spot on “SNL Korea,” where he wasn’t afraid to show his goofy side no matter how ridiculous the parodies were.
He’s more like a friend than a boss
When asked about what he wants for his artists, Jay once said, “I want all my artists to be successful, even if they’re more successful than me. I want their contracts to be good, I want their families to be happy. I don’t look at them as people who make money for a company, it’s a brotherhood.”
The ajummas of AOMG
He’s very well-connected
Jay Park is friends with all the cool guys of “Show Me the Money 6” (where he’s a judge), particularly with Zico and Dok2. He’s also close with Jessi, HyunA, Clara, Girls’ Generation’s Hyoyeon, Gong Minzy, celebrity jeweller Ben Baller, Tablo, and more. He’s collaborated with famous artists, YouTubers, and basically anyone regardless of fame and nationality.
His charms are endless
He looks sexy even when he’s fully-clothed
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DP_Kim is an English magazine writer and fashion fan whose goal in life is to wear heels and find the best OOTD locations while living in the farm outside of Jeonju, South Korea. Follow her Korean adventures here.