Song Minho 송민호 is the main rapper of Winner.
Mino was born on Tuesday, March 30, 1993, in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province.
He was born in the Chinese Year of the Rooster and his zodiac star sign is Aries. He's 180 cm or 5'11" tall. His blood type is A, the same as his fellow members', Jinwoo and Seunghoon.
He speaks Japanese. He graduated from Hanlim Multi Arts High School in 2011.
He appeared in the television series "The Strongest K-POP Survival" and "Show Me the Money 4," where he finished as series runner-up. Alongside iKon's Bobby, he's part of the hip-hop duo MOBB, which released the four-track album The Mobb in September 2016.
He has two younger sisters, including Danah, who was a member of New F.O.
Prior to debut, he was a member of the underground rapping scene, collaborating with Block B’s Zico, Park Kyung, and P.O., Phantom's Hanhae, SPEED's Taewoon, and M.I.B's SIMS.
Mino began as a trainee under Stardom Entertainment and almost debuted in Block B Instead, he debuted under the stage name Tagoon in 2011 as a rapper in the group BoM under Y2Y Contents Company. However, the group disbanded two years later. Mino went on to make his first acting appearance in March 2012 in the cable drama "The Strongest K-POP Survival," broadcast on Channel A.
In 2013, Mino was accepted into YG Entertainment through auditions. In the same year, he competed as part of the trainee group "Team A" in the reality-survival program "WIN: Who Is Next." He was the leader of Team A, but due to an ankle injury part-way through the show, he was replaced as leader by Kang Seungyoon. During the finale episode on October 25, 2013, it was announced that Team A had won the competition and would be debuting as Winner.
Winner released their debut album 2014 S/S on August 12 and made their debut performance on "Inkigayo" on August 17, 2014.
In October 2014, Mino was featured in Epik High's single "Born Hater" with Beenzino, Verbal Jint, and iKon's B.I. and Bobby. In December 2014, he collaborated with 2PM's Nichkhun, CNBLUE's Yonghwa, Infinite's L, and B1A4's Baro to perform at the 2014 SBS Gayo Daejeon. He also co-hosted the event.
Show Me the Money
In April 2015, Mino appeared in Mnet's rap competition program "Show Me the Money 4." During his audition, he stated that he wanted to compete in the show without aid from his label. He competed under Zico and Paloalto's team, finishing in second place. Through the program, he released several solo or collaborative singles: "Fear," "Turtle Ship," "Moneyflow," "Okey Dokey," and "Victim + Poppin' Bottles." The single "Fear," a collaboration with label-mate Taeyang, topped 8 different charts upon its release and went on to become one of the best-selling singles of the year.
Mino's controversial lyrics on the July 10 episode were criticized by some watchers and caught the attention of the Korean Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which demanded an apology from the rapper, causing him to post an apology through WINNER's official Facebook page. The apology was not accepted by the association, which asked for a formal apology from Mino and the show, stating on their website that, "Not only did the lyrics sexually humiliate all women of Korea, but it also defamed Korean women's health, as well as the 4000 obstetrics and gynecology doctors registered in our association." On July 14, the association stated through a press release that Mino, as well as his label, YG Entertainment, had both sent letters of apology, and clips of his performance have since been deleted.
Solo debut and MOBB
Mino made his official debut as a solo artist under YG Entertainment with the single "Body," released in September 2016. The track was co-written by Mino and Future Bounce.
He then collaborated with label-mate Bobby from iKon to form the sub-unit MOBB. They released a four-track single album titled The Mobb with the song "Full House" and "Hit Me" on September 9.
- Playing basketball
- Drawing/painting caricatures