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T.O.P (ex. BIGBANG) Profile, Bio, & Facts


T.O.P (탑) is a South Korean rapper, songwriter, and actor. He is a former member of BIGBANG. He made his solo debut on June 21, 2010, with the digital single “Turn It Up”.

T.O.P (ex. BIGBANG) Profile

Stage Name T.O.P (탑)
Birth Name Choi Seung-hyun (최승현)
Occupation Rapper, Actor, Songwriter
Birthday November 4, 1987
Active Years 2006–present
Age 36 (in 2024)
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Height 181 cm (5’11”)
Weight 65 kg (143 lbs
Nationality Korean
Blood Type B

T.O.P (ex. BIGBANG) Facts:

Early Life

– T.O.P was born in Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea.
He went to Seoul Sincheon Elementary School and Seowon Middle School.
– He graduated from Hansol High School.

Personal Life

– His older sister is named Choi Hye Yoon.
– He has known G-Dragon since childhood.
– He attended Dankook University and was in the Department of Performance and Film.
– T.O.P said he has suffered from depression since he was young and has penned 100 songs from 2017 to 2023. (Prestige Hong Kong)
– His great-uncle was Korean abstractionist Kim Whanki.
– He feels relaxed by watching beautiful things, especially art.
– He said when he was young he said that he had the fantasy that his girl should be innocent, her hair should be long and her personality should be a certain way but now he just wants to meet someone who he can relate to. (VLIVE T.O.P 귀신)

– He was initially rejected by YG for being overweight but was later accepted after losing 20kg in 40 days.
– His hobbies include reading books, swimming, and doing silly things.
– He had his first kiss by the Han River in the 7th grade.
– He wanted to become a rapper in 4th/5th grade after listening to American rapper
Notorious B.I.G’s music.
– He was sensitive about visuals since he was young because both his mom’s and dad’s side of the family were involved in arts. (Larry’s List)

– He loves arts so much that it is rumored that he spends 95 percent of his income on arts. (Prestige Online)
– He feels that he is not the TOP of Big Bang anymore and his music tastes have varied from the group. (NME)
– He said that he would never date a fan.
– T.O.P was the tallest member in BIGBANG.
– He doesn’t care about age when it comes to dating and is fine as long as she is not as old as his mom or is underage.

– His stage name was inspired by former YG artist Se7en.
– His nicknames include Tabi, Bingu Top, Tempo, and Choom Top.
– As long as the girl is sensible and witty, he doesn’t care if she has no sense of fashion.
– Before joining YG, he was an underground rapper known as “Tempo.”
– Figure skater Kim Yuna is one of his childhood friends.
– He said the K-pop training system is harsh and the trainees are trained like robots.
– T.O.P’s ideal type is a feminine girl because he lacks femininity. (VLIVE T.O.P 귀신)
– He frequently skipped or left school without shoes, even walking home barefoot if his shoes were taken away.


– T.O.P was the lead rapper, vocalist, and visual in BIGBANG.
– He has a training period of one year.
– He was also a part of the Big Bang subunit GD&TOP with G-Dragon.
– Initially, BIGBANG was to debut as a duo but he, Seungri and Daesung were later added to the group.
– He has actively participated in writing and producing numerous songs for the group.
– In 2003, he won Radio Star’s “Rap Battle.”
– He was the first K-pop idol to make it to Growse Magazine’s list of Top 200 Artists.
– IRolling Stone Magazine named him one of the ‘Hottest Sex Symbols ‘ in 2013.
– He has contributed to OSTs for the dramas: “Friend, Our Legend,” “19,” and “Secret Message.”
– He enlisted in the military on February 9, 2017, and served as a conscripted policeman. He was discharged from the military on July 6th, 2019.
– He appeared in many films including “Out of Control”, “71: Into the Fire”, “Nineteen”, “Tazza: The Hidden Card” and “Commitment” (2013).
– He is set to become the first Korean idol to go to space.
– He left YG Entertainment on February 7, 2022.
– On May 31, 2023, he confirmed his departure from BIGBANG on his personal Instagram account multiple times.

Likes & Dislikes

– He likes listening to Pink Floyd’s music.
– His favorite painters include Mark Grotjahn, Rudolf Stingel, Jina Park, and Mark Bradford. (Larry’s List)
– He enjoys collecting figurines.
– He doesn’t like people who interfere in other’s business.
– His favorite color is pink.
– He doesn’t like to wear revealing clothing, unlike Taeyang.

Food Preferences

– He loves to eat sushi, especially tuna sushi.
– He isn’t picky about eating but a few things he can’t are Gopchang, chicken feet, and beef entrails. 
– His favorite ice cream flavor is Vanilla ice cream.
– He likes to eat sweets.


– He was not a high-achieving student and received poor marks in school.
– He can calculate the number of calories in food rapidly.
– He is skilled in beatboxing.

Personality & Habits

– In his younger years, T.O.P was very short tempered, sensitive, and often lost control but now he has become easygoing and rarely gets mad. (VLIVE T.O.P 귀신)
– He was considered the jokester in BIGBANG.
– He has a habit of wearing a lot of clothes when he sleeps.
– He doesn’t like people who are not close to him, touch him.
– He is passionate about contemporary art and is a collector. (Larry’s List)
– He used to sleepwalk when he was young.


– In 2016, he organized a charity art auction that raised 135 million Hong Kong Dollars, with a portion donated to the Asian Cultural Council.
– He participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge and donated money to the Seungil Hope Foundation, which aids those with ALS.
– In 2020, he donated 100 million won to the Hope Bridge National Disaster Association, supporting the fight against COVID-19.

Marijuana Case & Suicide Attempt

– In 2017, T.O.P pleaded guilty to charges of marijuana usage and received a 2-year probation sentence.
– While awaiting trial, he was hospitalized due to an overdose of his prescribed anxiety medication.
– He revealed that he tried to commit suicide in 2017 and it was one of the worst moments in his life. (Prestige Hong Kong)


– T.O.P won the “Visual Culture Award” at the Prudential Eye Awards in 2015.
– He won the “Best New Actor” award at the Blue Dragon Film Awards (2010), Max Movie Awards (2010), and Baeksang Arts Awards (2011) for his work in “71: Into the Fire”.

Instagram: @choi_seung_hyun_tttop

Streaming Platform Links
Genie | Spotify | Bugs | Melon | Apple Music

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