Masta Wu

Woo Jin-won (Korean우진원, October 25, 1978), better known by his stage name Masta Wu(마스타 우), is a South Korean rapper, songwriter and producer.[1] His previous stage name was Ginnwon.[2] He was also a part of the hip hop project duo YMGA.[3]

Masta Wu
마스타 우
June 12, 2015, New York City
June 12, 2015, New York City
Background information
Birth nameWoo Jin-won
Born (1978-10-25) October 25, 1978 (age 41)
Seoul, South Korea
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper, composer
Years active2000–present
Associated actsDJ Soulscape, Epik High


After being an underground rapper, Woo signed with YG Entertainment.[3] He released his first album, Masta Peace in 2003,[4] and his second album Brand Wu Year in 2007.[5]

In 2014, he was one of the producers of the talent show Show Me The Money 3.[6][7]

He wrote several songs for his label-mates, for example project duo Hi Suhyun, solo singer Lee Hi and girl band 2NE1.[1][8][9] As of April 2015 he has 74 songs credited to his name at the Korea Music Copyright Association.[10]

In 2016, he announced his departure from YG Entertainment to establish his own label.[11]



  • Masta Peace (2003)
  • Brand Wu Year (2007)

Charted songsEdit

Year Title Peak positions Sales
2007 "Don't Stop" (feat. Jinu) 43[12] 1,261 (physical)[12]
2014 "Come Here" (feat. Dok2, Bobby) 8[13] 169,275+ (digital)[14]


  1. ^ a b "마스타우 "6년 공백, 양현석 대표에게 서운하냐고요?"" (in Korean). Yonhap. 2014-12-14. Retrieved 2015-04-25.
  2. ^ "고준희 마스타우, 열애설 부인 후 심야 데이트 장면 포착 '진실은?'" (in Korean). The Financial News. Retrieved 2015-04-25.
  3. ^ a b "Masta Wu". KBS World Radio. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
  4. ^ "Masta Wu to Release New Song in Six Years through YG Hip Hop Project 2". MWAVE. 2014-11-28. Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
  5. ^ "마스타우 솔직 고백 "무브먼트 디스, 악감정은 없었다"" (in Korean). Newsen. 2007-03-21. Retrieved 2015-04-25.
  6. ^ "Epik High′s Tablo, Masta Wu, San E, and Swings Confirmed for ′Show Me The Money 3′". MWAVE. Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
  7. ^ "Korean rappers Masta Wu, Dok2 and Bobby get surreal". Dazed. December 2014. Retrieved 2015-04-25.
  8. ^ "Hi Suhyun Talks Winning No.1, Yang Hyun Suk′s Training Style and More". MWAVE. Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
  9. ^ "2NE1 Dazzles with "Gotta Be You" MV". MTV. 2014-05-21. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
  10. ^ "Search (Writers & Publishers)". KOMCA. Archived from the original on 2012-12-19. Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  11. ^ "YG "최근 마스타우 떠났다, 향후 음악활동 응원" 공식입장" (in Korean). xsportsnews. 2016-01-08. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  12. ^ a b "2007. 3 월 - 가요음반 판매량". Music Industry Association of Korea. Archived from the original on 2009-05-02. Retrieved 2015-04-25.
  13. ^ "Gaon Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  14. ^ Cumulative digital sales of "Come Here" :

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