T.O.P. 탑 is the visual and lead rapper of Big Bang.
T.O.P. was born Choi Seunghyun 최승현 on Wednesday, November 4, 1987. Fellow Big Bang member Seungri's birth name is Seunghyun, too.
He was born in the Chinese Year of the Hare and his zodiac star sign is Scorpio. At a height of 181 cm or 5'11½", he's Big Bang's tallest member. His blood type is B.
Like the other members, he speaks Japanese.
Like G-Dragon, he's from Seoul. He attended Dangook University, where he majored in theater and film, and Seoul Art College, where he majored in music. He has an older sister named Choi Hyeyoon.
T.O.P. was the first Korean artist to have his song released worldwide on iTunes with “Turn It Up Loud.“ He's part of the GD&TOP sub-unit with G-Dragon. He wrote the song “Oh Mom“ on their album about a fan who had cancer and died.
T.O.P. acted in the dramas "Iris" and “I Am Sam." He acted alongside Seungri in 19. T.O.P. was also in 71: Into the Fire, Tazza: The Hidden Card, and Commitment, as well as the web drama "The Secret Message." He won the Hallyu Popularity Award in the 47th Grand Bell Film Awards. In 2010 he won “Best Newcomer Award“ in the Blue Dragon Awards. He was shocked to win, but was a little bit embarrassed to go onstage to accept the award since he had just dyed his hair white for his GD&TOP promotions and it was the first time revealing his new hairstyle to the public.
He and G-Dragon were childhood friends, but after G-Dragon moved away, they grew apart. When YG needed trainees to form Big Bang, G-Dragon called T.O.P. and recorded several demos. After hearing them, the company called him to audition. YG originally gave him the stage name Mark, but Se7en came up with the name "T.O.P." After the Big Bang members were finalized, YG gave each of the member pendants. T.O.P.'s was a hand holding a megaphone, to symbolize T.O.P. inspiring people with his voice. He was the first Big Bang member to feature as a solo artist. In 2007 he was listed as part of the Top 100 Must Have Males by Mnet.
T.O.P.'s favorite artists include Method Man and Kanye West. He also admires Usher, Omarion/B2K, and Jay-Z.
His hobbies are swimming and wine collecting. He likes to eat ice cream, doughnuts, and rice.
In 2011 it was reported that he had purchased a 3 million dollar villa in Seoul.