Jung Ho Seok (정호석)
Main Dancer, Sub Rapper, Sub Vocalist
February 18, 1994
Jung Ho-Seok (정호석), better known by his stage name j-hope (제이홉), is a South Korean rapper-songwriter and record producer under Big Hit Music. He is a rapper and a dancer of BTS, also he is notable for his large input in songwriting and production in the discography in the group.
As a solo artist, he has released his first mixtape Hope World in 2018. In 2020, j-hope was promoted to full member of the Korea Music Copyright Association.
His stage name, “j-hope (제이홉)”, comes from his desire to represent hope for fans, as well as to be “the hope of BTS.” It is also a reference to the myth of Pandora’s box, as after the box was opened and all the evils inside were released to the world, the only thing left was hope.
Jung Ho-Seok was born on February 18, 1994, in Gwangju, South Korea, where he lived with his parents and older sister. Before debuting with BTS, he was part of the underground dance team Neuron. j-hope had been relatively well-known for his skills in dance prior to his debut; he won various local prizes for dance, including placing first in a national dance competition in 2008. His skills in dance eventually led him to gain interest in singing and rapping, helping motivate him to audition as an idol trainee. As a trainee, j-hope was featured as a rapper in Jo Kwon’s song “Animal”, which was released in 2012.