Position: Rapper / Beat BoxerReal
Name: Choi Seung Hyun (최승현)
Stage Names: Tempo, T.O.P
Date of Birth: November 4,1987
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 65 kg
Blood Type: B
Education: Seoul Art College (Majoring in Musical), Dangook University in Theater & Film ( starting 2008 )
Skills: Rapping, Beat Boxing, Lyrics Making
Debut: BIG BANG
Hobbies: Reading and Swimming
Likes: Theatrical Performances, Musicals, and Fashion Designing
Family Members: Parents & Older Sis
Personality: He speaks well and is extremely stubborn. He likes to be the leader of things and speaks his mind. Shy and he thinks he’s cute.
Musician He Admires: Usher, Omarion, Jay-Z, B2K
Pendent: A hand holding a megaphone with a Superman style diamond behind it meaning “to inspire people with his voice and become big”
Even though BIG BANG is listed as his debut, TOP has been rapping since middle school under the name Tempo. He started doing gigs in underground clubs, sometimes with an older friend of his, NBK Gray. They never sign a label or released an album.
“Buckwild”, one of their songs was storming the internet in mp3 format. Unlike the rest of Big Bang, TOP hasn’t trained to be a singer. His only singing part so far is at the beginning of "She Can’t Get Enough".
He often gets sent on TV shows alone, either as a guest or MC. In August 2007, he started acting in the drama "I Am Sam". In summer 2007, he was also featured as an actor in Red Roc’s "Hello" MV.
• voted #41 on MNET’s 2007’s 100 Must Haves
• oldest member of BIG BANG
• sleeps wearing a lot of clothing
• first to appear on TV show on his own (Happy Share Company)
• played a major role in Korean Drama “I Am Sam”
• has a very pink bedroom
• performed at club in Gangnam 2002~2005
• KBS we like radio. Won rap battle 2003.
• performed with STARZ 2004
• famous korean singer “SE7EN” chose the name T.O.P
• In Love Letter with Gummy, both Gummy and TOP have the same nickname: Siberian Husky.
• both Gummy and TOP were noted as “Exercising Owls” in an article for exercising very late at night
• [2007.04.19] Lexy - Rush (Track 7. Super Fly (with 태양 and G.Dragon)
• [2007.07.12] Red Roc music video “Hello”
• [2007.08.06] "I’m Sam" drama as Chae Moo Shin