Recording Artist
Nationality: South Korean / Age: 25
Discipline: K-Pop
For North American audiences, K-pop is little more than an obscure foreign genre with Psy as the frontman. Investigate further and one may come across the name G-Dragon, an artist who is still relatively unknown musically-speaking. Outside of music, fashion is the area in which G-Dragon – real name Kwon Ji Yong – has received substantial press for his radical manner of dress. 2013 was the end of a four-year gap without full-length releases from G-Dragon, with the drop of Coup D'Etat marking G-Dragon’s second studio album, which brought on a star-studded list of producers including Diplo, Baauer, Boys Noize and Siriusmo.
  • 2014-02-19 Giovanna Cisternas Ayala

    Come to Chile with all Big Bang and YG family!!!

  • 2014-02-18 renee1013

    GD is a more talented n famous artist in music world than in fashion area. The fact is he's becoming more n more popular even in North America. As long as you hear some pieces of his work, GD himself or BigBang, whatever, u will definitely become a fan of him! He's a very great K-POP singer n composer.

  • 2014-01-28 Street Kitten

    I'm glad he made the top 100. Not sure what time-frame the writer had for this, but a bit more information about GD would help readers not familiar with South Korean fashion or music artists understand why he is a big deal. This is a nice, normal photo of GD. I prefer something that shows off who is as Kwon Ji Yong and G-Dragon. But again, these are folks talking about a guy they are not familiar with. I wouldn't expect a perfect article from myself if I had to write about a country music star.

    Also, fans of GD should realize this website features fashion brands not musicians, and is the main focus of the top 100 even if the are also a musician. So not going in depth about Big Bang or his previous One of a Kind is understandable. AND this top 100 list is about big strides and achievements. It's only natural Coup D'Etat would be GD's reason for making the list. He worked with major producers and it allowed him to get in touch with the US market (Missy Elliot). I see a possible US debut on the radio soon.

    Go G-Dragon!!

  • 2014-01-28 Street Kitten

    It's exactly as you said, it's a non-fan talking about someone they don't know. If i was n their shoes i would probably come up with the same type of article if i had to talk about an American rock-n-roll singer. Hard to talk with passion when you don't know who they are.

  • 2014-01-28 Street Kitten

    They should have wrote "unknown to the general western public" or something. Non of the songs he's done with US artists has made it to the radio. I'm not sure if Missy Elliot even pushed the song hard. I feel like he was only put on the list b/c Complex magazine did an awesome interview with him. Either way, beggars cant be choosers. I appreciate any recognition he can get.

    Hopefully others with music influences will take notice and give his music a chance. I do have a feeling that PSY will help GD come to the states with the collab with Snoop Dogg. I prefer he makes it to the states on his own but unfortunately USA is very stubborn about trying new things and accepting "foreigners" into their market and take them seriously as a musician. DAMN US.

  • 2014-01-27 ^.^

    I would have to agree with the other commenters. This article makes it seem like he hasn't released music between his first and second solo albums when he was actually hauling ass releasing music for Big Bang, GD&TOP and touring all over the world for millions of fans...

  • 2014-01-25 Thia Wilste

    ...but they could have used a pic that was "more" G-Dragon and less JiYong! An noooooo mention of him sharing the stage in LA with Missy Elliott (think I spelled it wrong) or ANYTHING that would make his accomplishments or connections that are relate-able to the N. American readers...GRRRRRRR!

  • 2014-01-24 darapham

    VIP GD miss you and members of BIGBANG, BIGBANG will not know when the new album looks great V-VIP

  • 2014-01-23 Giovanna Cisternas Ayala

    ola cuañdo van a venir a chile ?

    love you g-Dragon :)

  • 2014-01-23 xxxvip

    Thank u for including GD, he's awesome :D thanks from VIPs <3