Outsider (rapper)

Shin Ok-cheol (Hangul: 신옥철; born 21 March 1983), known by his stage name Outsider (Hangul: 아웃사이더), is a South Korean rapper.[1] He is known for his speed-rapping and is able to rap slightly more than 22 syllables per second.[2] After a conflict between Outsider and MC Sniper's label, Sniper Sound, in July 2013, Outsider left the label and signed with ASSA.[3]

Outsider
Birth nameShin Ok-cheol
Born (1983-03-21) 21 March 1983 (age 38)
Seoul, South Korea
GenresKorean hip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper
Years active2004-present
LabelsSniper Sound
ASSA Communication
Korean name
Hangul
신옥철
Revised RomanizationSin Ok-cheol
McCune–ReischauerSin Okch'ŏl

CareerEdit

2004-2008: Discovery and SoliloquistEdit

In 2004, Outsider began his career as an underground rapper and achieved some success with his debut EP "Come Outside". He released his first single "Speed Star" in 2006 and promoted the title track, "Motivation", on the SBS variety show The Truth Game.[4] His fast rapping skills impressed Korean hip-hop legend, MC Sniper, who signed Outsider to his label, "Sniper Sound". On 25 October 2007, Outsider released his first full-length studio album, Soliloquist.[5]

2008-2009: Maestro and mainstream successEdit

After a year hiatus, Outsider's second album, released 1 June 2009, Maestro, had more mainstream success.[6] The title track "Loner" held the #1 spot on both the Mnet and Melon music charts for more than five weeks, making Outsider one of the fastest rappers to reach #1 on Korean music charts. Outsider has performed on MBC, SBS, KBS, Mnet, and had appeared on SBS's Star King as a special guest. After the promotion for "Loner" ended, he started to promote another track from the same album titled "My Youth Confession"; the track was successful. Outsider has worked with underground and overground rappers such as MC Sniper, L.E.O, Illnit, DJ R2, Bae Chi Gi, Dok2, and more. He also did a special performance alongside singer K.Will.[7]

2010-2012: The Outsider, Hero and military serviceEdit

After a short hiatus, he returned on 2 March 2010 to release an EP titled "Vol. 2.5 The Outsider"[8] along with a music video for the album's single, "Acquaintance (주변인)", in which Outsider revisits the sound of "Loner", which mixes hip-hop with a classical edge. During this period, he garnered publicity for his remake of Big Bang's "Lies". He was also featured on a charity single entitled "Faddy Robot Foundation" with Vasco, Verbal Jint(버벌 진트), Sangchu, Yong Junhyung, Joosuc, Hyuna, and Zico.[9]

On 21 October 2010, he released his 3rd album titled "Hero" along with two singles; "주인공 (Hero)" featuring fellow label-mate, LMNOP, and "Attitude Needed When Breaking Up (이별할 때 필요한 자세)" featuring fellow hip-hop artist, Kuan of All That.[10] The album garnered success, despite being released without a music video or many live performances to promote the album. The song "Hero" rose to #7 on the Mnet Single Charts, #5 on Melon, and #4 on the prestigious Gaon Chart. On 21 December 2010, Outsider enlisted for mandatory military service for five weeks of basic training followed by 21 months of active duty in Wonju, Gangwon Province. He was discharged on 24 September 2012.[11]

2013-present: Rebirth Outsider and Sniper Sound conflictEdit

In June 2013, after a three year hiatus, Outsider announced plans to release his 4th studio album in July.[12] On 25 June 2013, Outsider pre-released the single "Crying Bird" featuring Lee Soo Young.[13]

On 4 July 2013, Outsider filed a lawsuit against Sniper Sound over financial issues.[14] In a press release, Outsider claimed he never received proper pay or credit for his various activities and copyrights. Sniper Sound in turn filed an opposing lawsuit against Outsider calling him to halt his recent activities. The conflict broke when fans were unable to buy Outsider's previous songs from 2007-2010 released under MC Sniper's Sniper Sound because they were no longer available.[15]

On 22 July 2013, despite the conflict with his former label, Outsider made his first official comeback after being discharged from the military with the mini album "Rebirth Outsider" under his own label "ASSA Communication".[16] The album's title track Bye U features G.O. of MBLAQ as Outsider's first idol collaboration. The album also features San E, Tymee (formerly E.via) and more.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Outsider was married on 31 March 2012 at Seoul's Gangnam Imperial Palace Hotel. His wife, Lee Yongbin (이영빈) is director of a dance troupe as well as the CEO of a cultural contents enterprise.[clarification needed][18]

He has a daughter who was born on 9 March, 2016. They appeared on KBS reality show 'The Return of Superman' in 2017 (Ep191-192) as special guests.

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[19][20]
Soliloquist
  • Released: 25 October 2007
  • Label: Sniper Sound
  • Format: CD
25
Maestro
  • Released: 1 June 2009
  • Label: Sniper Sound
  • Format: CD
No data* No data*
Hero (주인공)
  • Released: 21 October 2010
  • Label: Sniper Sound
  • Formats: CD, digital download
7 N/A
Pride & Prejudice
  • Released: 12 March 2015
  • Label: ASSA Communication
  • Formats: CD, digital download
41 N/A
*Data not available for 2009.

Reissued albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[20]
Become Stronger
Pride and Prejudice reissue
  • Released: 18 April 2016
  • Label: ASSA Communication
  • Formats: CD, digital download
65 N/A

Extended playsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[19][20]
Come Outside
  • Released: 6 January 2004
  • Label: OGAM Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, cassette
N/A
The Outsider
  • Released: 2 March 2010
  • Label: Sniper Sound
  • Formats: CD, digital download
6 N/A
Rebirth Outsider
  • Released: 23 July 2013
  • Label: ASSA Communication
  • Formats: CD, digital download
6
"—" denotes release did not chart.

SinglesEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR
[23]
As lead artist
"Lucky Day" (운수 좋은 날)
feat. Azz Chef
2004 N/A N/A Come Outside
"Music Makes Me High"
feat. Baechigi, Soulman
2006 Speed Star single album
"Like a Man" (남자답게) 2007 Soliloquist
"Loner" (외톨이) 2009 Maestro
"Acquaintance" (주변인) 2010 4 The Outsider
"Think Of You When the Wind Blows" (바람이 불면 너가 떠올라)
feat. Ilac
53
"Hero" (주인공)
feat. LMNOP
20 Hero
"Crying Bird" (슬피 우는 새)
feat. Lee Soo-young
2013 7 Pride and Prejudice
"Bye U"
feat. G.O of MBLAQ
16 Rebirth Outsider
"Hand" (손) 2014 25 Pride and Prejudice
"Tattoo" (문신)
feat. Navi
2015 70
"Cloud" (구름)
feat. Mellow
Non-album single
"A Flower of the Days" (피고 지는 날들)
feat. La Muse
2016 N/A Become Stronger
"Become Stronger"
feat. Kuan
"Spitting" (카악 퉤)
feat. Yoon Hyun-min
Non-album singles
"Street Love"
feat. Kangnam
2017
"3.14"
feat. Kim Myung-hoon of Ulala Session
2018
Collaborations
"Heart Disease" (심장병)
with MC Sniper, Horan
2009 N/A N/A Hwantastic Project
"My Old Story" (나의 옛날이야기)
with MC Sniper
2010 49 The Artist
"Please Don't Go" (가면 안돼)
with San E, Lee Chang-min
2011 14 Non-album singles
"The Weather is Good" (날씨가 좋아)
with RapStar
2014
"Star Warz" (별들의 전쟁)
with Twista
2015 Pride and Prejudice
"By the Wind" (바람곁에)
with Lee Eun-mi
"Away" (멀어져)
with AA
2019 N/A Non-album single

FilmographyEdit

Variety showEdit

Year Title Network Role Note
2020 King of Mask Singer MBC Contestant as "The Last Leaf" (episode 287)[30]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Mnet Asian Music AwardsEdit

Year Category Work Result
2009 Best Hip Hop Performance[31] "Loner" Nominated
2010 Best Rap Performance[32] "Outsider" Nominated

ReferencesEdit

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