|Kang Min-ho ()|
February 9, 1987 |
North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
|Labels||Amoeba Culture (2007-2013)
Beasts and Natives Alike (2014-present)
|Supreme Team, Illest Konfusion, Jiggy Fellaz, Dynamic Duo, Swings (rapper), Simon Dominic|
|Revised Romanization||Gang Min-ho|
Kang Min-ho (Korean: ; born February 9, 1987), better known by his stage name E Sens (stylized E SENS), is a South Korean hip hop recording artist from North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. He is currently a solo artist and was formerly a member of the hip hop duo Supreme Team.
E Sens was born on February 9, 1987 in North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. He was 9 years old when his father died, and he dropped out of high school when he was 17. He became interested into hip hop at that time and chose the name E Sens, which is a shortened version of "Essayistic Sense."
In 2002, E Sens won a rap contest in Daegu, where he caught the attention of Minos, then a member of the hip hop team Virus. E Sens soon starting performing alongside Virus and other rappers in Daegu in a regular series of concerts called the "Hip-Hop Train" project. In 2004, he released his debut mini-album, Uncut, Pure!, a collaboration with rapper Planet Black.
E Sens garnered more attention in the hip hop community in 2007 when he featured on the song, "?" by Paloalto and The Quiett. His popularity continued to increase with the single, "," which appeared on the Jiggy Fellaz compilation album Xclusive.
E Sens released his first mix tape, Blanky Munn's Unknown Verses, in 2007. Soon after, he signed a contract with record label Amoeba Culture as a member of the duo Supreme Team with Simon Dominic. Before the duo's debut, he released his second mix tape, New Blood, Rapper Vol.1, in 2008, which also garnered much attention from the Korean hip-hop community. The following year, E Sens became a member of Illest Konfusion, a hip hop crew that included Simon Dominic, Beenzino, and Swings. Supreme Team debuted the same year with the mini-album, Supreme Team Guide To Excellent Adventure. The duo went on to achieve critical success, winning Best New Male Group at the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards and the Hip Hop Award at the 2010 Golden Disk Awards.
In July 2013, E Sens opted not to renew his contract with Amoeba Culture and left the label as well as Supreme Team. Both he and Simon Dominic announced they would pursue solo careers. Shortly after leaving the label, E Sens released a song called "You Can't Control Me," which attacked the label and one of its founders, Gaeko of the hip hop group Dynamic Duo. The song led to an outbreak of diss tracks in the Korean hip hop community, with Swings, Gaeko, and Simon Dominic all weighing in on their own response songs by the end of the summer.
In 2014, E Sens joined the agency Beasts and Natives Alike and released "I'm Good," his first solo single following Supreme Team's break up. Soon after, he starred in his own internet reality show, also called I'm Good.
E Sens was arrested for marijuana use for a third time in April 2015, violating his probation period after previously being arrested in 2012. He was sentenced to a year and six months in jail in July. A month later, he became the first Korean rapper to release an album from jail with The Anecdote. The album was a success, garnering unprecedented pre-sale orders and winning both Album of the Year and Best Rap & Hip Hop Album at the 2016 Korean Music Awards.
|2016||Album of the Year||The Anecdote||Won|||
|Best Rap & Hip Hop Album||Won|