Suga is a rapper, songwriter and record producer. The younger of two sons, he attended Taejeon Elementary School, Gwaneum Middle School, and Apgujeong High School. He became interested in rap after hearing “Ragga Muffin” by Stony Skunk, stating that it was different from anything he had ever heard before. After hearing Epik High, he decided to become a rapper. By age 13, he began to write music lyrics and learned about MIDI. He worked a part-time job at a record studio by age 17. From then on, he began composing and arranging music, rapping, and performing. Before being signed, he was active under the name Gloss as an underground rapper. As part of the hip hop crew D-Town in 2010, he produced “518-062”, a song commemorating the Gwangju Uprising.
Originally joining the company as a music producer, trained under Big Hit Entertainment for three years alongside members J-Hope and RM before debuting in 2013. He has produced and written lyrics for a variety of tracks on all of BTS’ albums. The stage name Suga is derived from the first syllables of the term shooting guard, the position he played in basketball as a student. He adopted the alias Agust D in 2016 for his mixtape, which is derived from the initials DT, short for his birthplace, Daegu Town, and “Suga” spelled backwards.
Suga is responsible for writing, composing, arranging, mixing, and mastering his material. Over 100 registered songs are credited to him by the Korea Music Copyright Association. He is a pianist, and produces hip hop and R&B music. His lyrics involve themes that are “full of dreams and hope,” conceived with the intent of his music becoming “many people’s strength. In March 2019, along with bandmates RM and J-Hope, he enrolled at Hanyang Cyber University for the Master of Business Administration program in Advertising and Media.