Who is Supreme Boi?
Shin Donghyuk was born on 15 April 1994, in South Korea, and is a rapper as well as a producer, best known for working behind the scenes as a producer for the Korean boy band Bangtan Boys (BTS). As Supreme Boi, he also became known for being a member of the hip hop crew called Daenamhyup.
The Riches of Supreme Boi
How rich is Supreme Boi? As of mid-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is close to $1 million, earned through success in his various musical endeavors. He’s earned significant income with his work with BTS as the group is known to have a collective net worth of over $60 million. As he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
— Supreme Boi KOR (@supremeboi94) July 26, 2014
Early Life and Career Beginnings
There is almost no information available about Supreme Boi’s life before his career in music as he has not discussed many aspects of his life including family, childhood, and education. Like many who go into South Korea’s music industry, he wanted it at a young age, as he was very passionate about hip hop and rap.
This led him to audition at the South Korean company called Big Hit Entertainment, where he would become a part of a pool of talent for the company, which would then be tested for a chance at becoming a part of group bands, or on rare occasions gain a solo career. The entertainment company was launched in 2005, and is responsible for launching the careers of idol groups TXT and BTS. They also manage the career of soloist Lee Hyun, and own the label Source Music which manages the group GFriend.
Leaving Big Hit and Daenamhyup
While a part of Big Hit’s talents, Supreme Boi was slated to become a part of their boy band project. The group was originally supposed to be a hip hop group to match YG Entertainment’s 1TYM, but later realized that there was more of a need for a new traditional idol group. This led to a reshuffling of the group and Supreme did not like this new direction, leading him to leave the company to focus more on hip hop projects, and he joined Brand New Music, a hip hop company founded in 2011.
Shortly after joining the company, he became a part of the hip hop group called DaeNamHyup, which means the Great Southern Joseon Hip-Hop Cooperative. The group consisted of nine members including Rap Monster (RM), DJ Snatch, Kidoh, Marvel J, i11evn, Kyum2, and Samsoon. Illipse was also said to be one of the founding members, but wasn’t associated with them when they started releasing music. Many of the members of the group had known each other since they were in high school and were active underground. To date, they’ve only released a single EP in 2014.
Return to BTS
Realizing that his foray into hip hop was likely over, Supreme Boi returned to Big Hit Entertainment, and took more of a background role in the company, eventually leading him to work as a producer for BTS. While BTS is known for co-writing and producing most of their output, he is considered one of their pivotal background members. They originally released hip hop music, but have since started to foray into other genres, often taking from personal experiences and social commentary. They’ve produced music on a wide variety of topics such as loss, loving oneself, individualism, mental health, and more.
In 2017 the group started to cross into the international music market, and is considered the spearhead of the Korean Wave into the US – they became the first Korean group to receive certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). They are the only Korean act to top the US Billboard 200 and have reached the charts multiple times since 2018. They’ve sold over 15 million albums, and are the best-selling artists from South Korea, and hold the record for the best-selling album in Korean history. They are the only non-English speaking artist to enter the IFPI’s Global Artist Chart, winning numerous accolades in the process.
Personal Life and Social Media
For his personal life, not much is known in terms of Supreme Boi’s romantic relationships. He has not talked a lot about that aspect of his life, and it is well known that the entertainment industry of South Korea is very strict when it comes to relationships of artists who are under company contracts. He’s had a bit of controversy over the years due to him being labelled as a non-feminist, and being unapologetic for making what some perceive as bad comments. However, many of his supporters state that the criticism on him stems from his association with people who have made controversial statements, and not really because of his own statements.
Similar to numerous high profile Korean personalities, he has a bit of online presence through social media. He has an account on Twitter which has over 166,000 followers, though he isn’t very active on the site. He doesn’t post his own tweets, and instead just re-tweets article links from popular publications referencing the fame of BTS. He doesn’t post mainly because of the language barrier, and because artists’ social media accounts are also strictly monitored by their companies. His account activity comes in line with several other members of BTS, who are not very active on social media as well, but have online accounts.