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Kim Do-kyun (Hangul: 김도균; born January 12, 1973), more commonly known as Bobby Kim (Hangul: 바비 킴), is a South Korean hip hop and R&B artist.[1][2]

Bobby Kim
Background information
Born (1973-01-12) January 12, 1973 (age 46)
OriginSouth Korea
GenresKorean hip hop, R&B
Years active1994—present
LabelsOscar Entertainment
Associated actsBugga Kingz, Movement Crew, Dr. Reggae

Music careerEdit

His father, a trumpet player, influenced and exposed him to music. At an early age, he worked as a rapper at night clubs. Since high school, he performed in clubs in the San Francisco underground. That time, he got attracted by hip hop when America was in a golden age of hip hop, but he learned many genres of music as well. Later in 1992, he went to Korea to start his music career. In 1994, he debuted as a member of a group called ‘Dr. Reggae.” However, the group could not achieve much success. Thus, he started doing features as a background rapper, appearing on numerous singles. Also, he worked as a producer, creating singles for artists in Korea. [3]

Bobby Kim is about to release his second special album “OLD & NEW‘ on July 6, 2012. The album is to feature remakes of old songs as well as new tracks for fans to enjoy a total of 11 tracks.[4]

Dr. Reggae and I Am A SingerEdit

After he finished high school, he made a group called Dr. Reggae and introduced Reggae music to Korea for the first time. At that time, only two members were active, so it was known as a duet. However, it was actually seven members at first. Bobby Kim was not as successful when he was a part of Dr. Reggae. After Dr. Reggae disbanded, he became a vocal trainer for hip hop singers and taught singing and rapping techniques. He was nicknamed ‘Reggae hip hop’s godfather.’ He also wrote songs for singers such as Drunken Tiger, Leessang, and Dynamic Duo.[5]

His songs showed a unique rhythm. After his colleagues listened to his music, they suggested he sing his own songs. Therefore, he produced his debut album called ‘Beat Within my Soul.’

On 11 September 2011, he appeared during the sixth session of the show I Am a Singer, but he was voted off at the eleventh session, which was on 1 January 2012.[6]

Sexual harassment caseEdit

Kim was accused of sexually harassing a flight attendant and creating a disturbance while drunk on a flight from Korea to the United States in January 2015. [7] Kim stopped appearing in all television shows, including the TV Art Stage.[7] On June 11, 2015, Incheon District Court's Judge, Shim Dong-young, issued Kim with a fine of 4 million Won, and ordered him to complete a 40-hour sexual violence educational program for infringing upon an aviation law and for forcibly harassing an airline employee.[8]



  • Holy Bumz Presents (released as Bobby) (1998)
  • Beats with in My Soul (2004)
  • Ground Zero (re-release of Holy Bumz Presents) (2005)
  • Follow Your Soul (2006)
  • Love Chapter 1 (best-of album) (2009)
  • Heart & Soul (2010)
  • Heart & Soul Special Edition Photo Essay (2010)
  • Old & New (2012)
  • Mirror (2014)
  • Scarlette (2019)


  • "Rhapsody Part 3" (2008)
  • "True Colors" (with Seo Seung Hee) (2010)
  • "너 하나만 못해" (with Double K) (2010)
  • "Love Recipe" (with Gummy) (2010)
  • "너만이" (2012)
  • "Love Recipe II" (with Gummy) (2012)
  • "I'm Alive" (feat. Kingston Rudieska) (2013)

Soundtrack singlesEdit

Discography source:[9]


Mnet Asian Music AwardsEdit

Year Category Work Result
2007 Best R&B Performance "Bluebird"[10] Nominated
2009 Best Ballad/R&B Performance "Today More Than Yesterday"[11] Nominated


  1. ^ "Bobby Kim (바비 킴)". KBS World Radio. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  2. ^ 바비 킴 소개 [Introduction to Bobby Kim]. Mnet (in Korean). Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  3. ^[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Bobby Kim Will Be Releasing Second Special Album Next Month". June 26, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
  5. ^ Hiphopplaya. "ëž© í• ì•"ë²"지, 'Bobby Kim'". Retrieved 2012-09-20.
  6. ^ "바비킴, '나가수' 출연 최종확정.."소통의 장 마련" : 네이트 뉴스". Retrieved 2012-09-20.
  7. ^ a b Lee, Tae-hoon (9 January 2015). "Bobby Kim accused of sexual harassment and flight disturbance". The Korea Observer. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Bobby Kim fined heftily for his drunken tantrum on Korean Air". 11 June 2015.
  9. ^ 바비 킴 앨범 [Bobby Kim Albums]. Mnet (in Korean). Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  10. ^ "2007 Mnet KM Music Festival Part1". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
  11. ^ "2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards Part1" Archived 2015-12-08 at the Wayback Machine. MAMA. Retrieved 2014-12-18.

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