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Native name
Lim Sung-bin
Born (1987-09-12) September 12, 1987 (age 31)
South Korea
  • Rapper
  • record producer
LabelsIllionaire Records
Korean name
Revised RomanizationIm Seong-bin
McCune-ReischauerIm S?ngpin
Korean name
Revised RomanizationBinjino

Lim Sung-bin (Hangul; born September 12, 1987),[1] better known by the stage name Beenzino (Hangul: ), is a South Korean rapper currently signed under Illionaire Records.[2] His stage name is a play on that of Boston rapper Benzino, combined with "?" (pronounced "been") from his birth name.[3] Beenzino made his first official public appearance at Dok2's Hustle Real Hard Concert on June 5, 2011 and has since released three solo albums, as well as other works in collaboration with hip hop producers Primary and Shimmy Twice, and as the duo Hot Clip with South Korean rapper Beatbox DG.[4] He is noted for his melodic style of rapping.[5]

After establishing his reputation within the Korean rap scene, he became well known through singles such as "Dali, Van, Picasso", which was a mainstream hit.[5] Beenzino toured as a solo artist in the U.S. in 2015.[6]


Early life and career beginnings

Beenzino spent most of his childhood in Christchurch, New Zealand and moved to Korea before middle school, which he attended in Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi province.[7] He enrolled at Seoul National University to study sculpture, and graduated in 2014.[8][9]

He first gained recognition by posting recordings to the DC Tribe website, through which he was first recruited by established rapper Simon Dominic. He went on to feature on albums by well-known artists including Dok2, Epik High, Supreme Team, and Verbal Jint, and released albums as part of the rap duos Jazzyfact (with producer Shimmy Twice) and Hotclip (with Beatbox DG).[7]

Debut as a solo artist

Beenzino made his debut as a solo MC on hip hop producer Primary's collaborative album P'Skool's Daily Apartment, released July 28, 2009.[10] By 2011, he was a respected solo artist, although still a rookie by industry standards.[11] In October, he featured on Primary's 2011 album Primary and the Messengers.[12]

In 2012, Beenzino released his first solo album, 24:26, and performed with Illionaire Records during their nationwide Korean tour that summer.[13] In November, he collaborated with label-mates The Quiett and Dok2 in the free digital single "Illionaire Gang", which was released to coincide with their November 11 Illionaire Day Concert.[14]

In 2013, the pre-release of his single "Dali, Van, Picasso" from his 2014 album Up All Night was downloaded almost 600,000 times without a music video, and propelled him to mainstream success.[5] He went on to perform at MU:Con 2013[15] and featured on albums by K.Will (The Third Album Part 2: Love Blossom) and Lee Hyori (Monochrome).[16]

In April 2014, he featured on the Junggigo song "Want U",[17] which was a number one hit in Korea and sold over a million copies.[18] He also performed at the 2014 Asian Music Festival on May 25 in New York City and the One Hip Hop Festival at Hongik University,[19][20] and as a featured guest during Verbal Jint's international concert tour.[21]

In 2016, he released his third album, 12, including the prior releases "Dali, Van, Picasso", "We Are Going To", and "Break".


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Track listing
  1. Time Travel
  2. At The End Of Saturday (? ) feat. Black Nut
  3. I Don't Mind
  4. Flexin!
  5. January feat. YDG
  6. Being Myself
  7. Break
  8. Imagine Time feat. Suran
  9. Found (?)
  10. Dali, Van, Picasso
  11. We Are Going To

Extended plays

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Track listing
  1. Nike Shoes feat. Dynamic Duo
  2. Slow it Down (?) feat. Okasian & Dok2
  3. Boogie On & On
  4. Aqua Man
  5. Summer Madness feat. The Quiett
  6. I'll Be Back
  7. Profile feat. Dok2 & The Quiett
  8. If I Die Tomorrow
  9. Always Awake
-- N/A
Up All Night
Track listing
  1. Jackson Pollock D*ck
  2. How Do I Look?
  3. Crazy () feat. Don Mills
  4. Up All Night feat. Mayson the Soul
  5. I Don't Have to Work
"--" denotes releases that did not chart.


Title Year Peak chart
Sales (DL) Album
As lead artist
"Boogie On & On" 2012 75 N/A 24:26
"Aquaman" 82
"Dali, Van, Picasso" 2013 1 12
"How Do I Look?" 2014 6 Up All Night
"So What" (?) 2015 4 Non-album single
"Break" 13 12
"We Are Going To" 59
"Life in Color" 2016 43 Non-album single
"Saturday" (? )
feat. Black Nut
12 12
feat. YDG
"Time Travel" 36
"Illionaire Way"
with The Quiett & Dok2
2011 -- N/A Non-album singles
"Rockin' With The Best"
with The Quiett & Dok2
2014 96
"The Color"
with Yoon Jong-shin
2015 54
"No Matter What"
with BoA
2016 7 SM Station Season 1
"--" denotes releases that did not chart.

As a featured artist

Year Song Artist Album
2009 "Sunshine" Crybaby (feat. Beenzino) Collage 2
"Ride" Steady B (feat. Verbal Jint, Beenzino) Collage 2
"City Life" Dok2 (feat. Beenzino) Illstrumentalz Vol.1
"Rocksteady" Epik High (feat. Paloalto, Dok2, Beatbox DG, Beenzino) [e]
"A milli" Swings (feat. E-sens, Beenzino)
"Dramas of Life" Verbal Jint (feat. Beenzino) The Good Die Young
2010 "The Invisible Man" Tiramisu (feat. Beenzino)
"100%? " (prod. Aleatorik, feat. Beenzino)
"She's having an abortion ( )" Defconn (feat. Yankie, Akira, Beenzino) Macho Museum
"Tomorrow Sucks (Bonus Mix)" Demicat (feat. Sean2slow, Beenzino) Tomorrow Sucks
"How dare you pour oil or something ( )" Verbal Jint (feat. Deb, Beenzino) Go Easy 0.5
"Where'd They Go" Nuol (feat. Beenzino) Instrumental of the Mission 2
"Fantom" Dok2 (feat. Beenzino) Fantom
"Serious 3 (3)" Dok2 (feat. Beenzino) Thunderground Musik Mixtape Vol.2
"Ssso What" Hwayobi (feat. Beenzino) Hwayobi
"Smoke" Vida Loca (feat. Beenzino)
"Femme Fatale" Swings (feat. Tyra, Beenzino) Growing Pains
"Hit Da Club" Untouchable (feat. B-Free, Beenzino) Who's HOT
2011 "Relation" Brownbreath (feat. Lonely Hearts Club, Beenzino) Spread The Message
"Mr. Independent 2" Dok2 (feat. The Quiett, Beenzino) Hustle Real Hard
"Don't Do That (? ?)" Do It For The Fans
" (Anthem ver.)" Dok2 & Double K (feat. Bizzy, Jay Park, Paloalto, Swings, Beenzino) Flow 2 Flow
"Forever Young" Dynamic Duo (feat. Beenzino) DYNAMIC DUO 6TH DIGILOG 1/2
"Handalas (?)" Leo Kekoa (feat. MC Meta, Beenzino) Handalas
"Maebong Station Line 3 (3 )" Primary (feat. Paloalto, Beenzino) Primary and the Messengers
"Welcome to the Show Remix" The Quiett (feat. Dok2, Beenzino) Back on the Beats Vol.2
"Give It To 'Em"
"Be Underground" Vasco (feat. JJK Sleepy, Basick, B-Free, Rimi, Innovator, Minos, Beenzino) Guerilla Musik Vol.1: Prologue
"She's There" Vida Loca (feat. Zion.T, Beenzino)
"Stand Up, Japan" Nuol (feat. Dead P, Swings, San E, Verbal Jint, L.E.O, Baby Bu, Dawn, Beenzino)
"Skillz" PREPIX (feat. Minoz, Nuck, Swings, Beenzino)
2012 "Can't Stop" Brian (feat. Jay Park, Beenzino) ReBorn Part 1
"1LLIONAIRE GANG" Dok2 (feat. The Quiett, Beenzino)
"You're A Chemical" Giriboy (feat. Beenzino) Fetal Album
"LALALA" Okasian (feat. Beenzino) Boarding Procedures (?)
"Brothers in Confusion (? )" J-Tong (feat. Zion.T, Simon D, Beenzino) Mohican and Bare foot (? )
"Far ()" Primary (feat. Beenzino) Primary and the Messengers Part 2
"Yourbody" Junggigo (feat. Beenzino) pathfinder
"What I See" PREPIX (feat. Junhyung, Esna, Beenzino) What I See
2013 "Thank You" D-Unit (feat. Beenzino)
"Bon Voyage" K.Will (feat. Beenzino) The Third Album Part 2: Love Blossom
"Come To My Crib"
"So Good" Leo Kekoa (feat. Yeeun of Wonder Girls, Beenzino)
"Where'd They Go (Dub Remix)" Nuol (feat. Beenzino) Dub In Noul Vol. 1
"1LLIONAIRE So Ambitious" The Quiett (feat. Dok2, Beenzino) AMBITIQN
"Get Dough"
"Hotter Than The Summer Remix" Dok2 (feat. The Quiett, Beenzino) South Korean Rapstar Mixtape
"Boogie On & On (G-Mix)" Dok2 (feat. Beenzino) Ruthless Part 2
"She" Zion.T (feat. Beenzino) Red Light
"A Real Lady" Swings (feat. Gray, Zion.T, Beenzino)
"Love Radar" Lee Hyori (feat. Beenzino) Monochrome
2014 "Born Hater" Epik High (feat. Beenzino, Song Min-ho, Bobby, B.I, Verbal Jint) Shoebox
"Want U ( )" Junggigo (feat. Beenzino)
"Bond" HA:TFELT (feat. Beenzino) Me?
"On Your Body ( ?)" Ven (feat. Beenzino) The Vgins
2015 "Cheers" Gaeko, Yankie (feat. Babylon, Beenzino)
"I Get Lifted" Peejay (feat. Beenzino)
"Get" Urban Zakapa (feat. Beenzino) [UZ]
"Mannequin ()" Primary (feat. Suran, Beenzino) 2
"What U Know" Illionaire Records
"Calling In Love" Suran (feat. Beenzino) Calling In Love
"Mayo ()" Shin Seung-hun (feat. Beenzino) I am... & I am
2016 "Paldangdam ()" Eddy Kim (feat. Beenzino)
"Thursday Night ( ?)" Urban Zakapa (feat. Beenzino) Thursday Night
2017 "Sorry ()" Zion.T (feat. Beenzino) OO
"5 More Minutes (5 ?)" Sanchez (feat. Beenzino)
"You" Seulong (feat Beenzino)
"Surprise ()" Bumkey (feat. Beenzino)


Year Recipient Award Category Result
2010 Beenzino 2010 HiphopPlaya Awards[37] Featuring of the Year Won
2011 Beenzino 2011 HiphopPlaya Awards[38] Won
2012 "Profile" 2012 HiphopPlaya Awards[39] Best Lyrics/Verses Won
2013 "Dali, Van, Picasso" 2013 HiphopPlaya Awards[40] Single of the Year Won


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  4. ^ ", 'HUSTLE REAL HARD' ". HiphopPlaya Magazine (in Korean). 3 May 2011. Retrieved 2014.
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  10. ^ "P' Skool "Daily Apartment"". HiphopPlaya Magazine (in Korean). 14 August 2009. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ . 10asia Hankyung (in Korean). 15 September 2011. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ ", Mnet<?K 4> 19? ". 10asia Hankyung. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 2014.
  13. ^ "ILLIONAIRE RECORDS, 'They Love Who? (Remix)' Free Track Revealed". HiphopKr. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 2014.
  14. ^ "The Quiett, Dok2 and Beenzino Releases Free Track 'ILLIONAIRE GANG'". HiphopKr. 11 November 2012. Retrieved 2014.
  15. ^ "Mu:Con Seoul 2013". Soompi. Retrieved 2014.
  16. ^ "Rapper Beenzino to Feature in Lee Hyori's New Album". Soompi. Retrieved 2014.
  17. ^ "Junggigo Releases Music Video for "Want U" Feat. Beenzino and "CSI Interview"". Soompi. 8 May 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  18. ^ Sales references for "Want U":
  19. ^ "EXO-M, B1A4, Park Shin Hye,Verbal Jint & More Are Coming To The U.S. In May". KpopStarz. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  20. ^ "San E - Beenzino - Loco-Crucial Star To Perform in "One Hip Hop"". KpopStarz. 15 May 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  21. ^ "Verbal Jint to Hold World Tour, Starting with New York City". Soompi. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  22. ^ a b "Gaon Album Chart". Gaon Music Chart. Archived from the original on 2015-08-27.
  23. ^ "2016? 06? Album Chart".
  24. ^ "2014? 08? Album Chart".
  25. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart. Archived from the original on 2017-03-09.
  26. ^ Cumulative sales of "Dali, Van, Picasso":
  27. ^ Cumulative sales of "How Do I Look?":
  28. ^ Cumulative sales of "So What":
  29. ^ Cumulative sales of "Break":
  30. ^ "2015? 50 Download Chart".
  31. ^ "2016? 05? Download Chart".
  32. ^ Cumulative sales of "At The End Of Saturday":
  33. ^ a b " ?!". Retrieved .
  34. ^ "2014? 11? Download Chart".
  35. ^ Cumulative sales of "The Color":
  36. ^ Cumulative sales of "No Matter What":
  37. ^ "2010 HiphopPlaya Awards". HiphopPlaya Magazine. Retrieved 2014.
  38. ^ "2011 HiphopPlaya Awards". HiphopPlaya Magazine. Archived from the original on 28 July 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  39. ^ "2012 HiphopPlaya Awards". HiphopPlaya Magazine. Retrieved 2014.
  40. ^ "2013 HiphopPlaya Awards". HiphopPlaya Magazine. Retrieved 2014.

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