Yoon Mi-rae
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Yoon Mi-rae
Yoon Mi-rae
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Yoon Mi-rae in October 2011
Background information
Natasha Shanta Reid
Tasha Reid, Baby Tasha, T
Born (1981-05-31) May 31, 1981 (age 38)
Fort Hood, Texas, United States
  • Singer
  • Rapper
Tiger JK (m. 2007)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationYun Mi-rae
McCune-ReischauerYun Mirae

Natasha Shanta Reid (born May 31, 1981), better known by her Korean name Yoon Mi-rae (Korean), is an American-born South Korean rapper and singer[1] who is currently a member of Korean hip hop trio MFBTY.[2] She is considered to be one of the best female rappers in Korea.[3][4][5][6]


Early life and education

Yoon was born on May 31, 1981, in Fort Hood, Texas to a South Korean mother and an African-American father. Her father had been a radio DJ while serving with the U.S. military in South Korea in the district of Uijeongbu. Yoon cites his record collection as an influence to pursue her music career. After she moved to South Korea as a child, she often faced discrimination because of her mixed heritage. Yoon dropped out of school at age 15 and later took a high school equivalence exam.[7][8][9]

Discovery and Uptown

Yoon was discovered in 1995 when she accompanied a friend to an audition for a new Korean hip hop group. She did not audition herself, but a World Records representative heard her singing outside of the audition room and signed her to join a new group called Uptown. The group debuted in 1997 when Yoon was just 16.[10]

In 1999, she also formed hip hop and R&B duo "Tashannie" with singer Annie. They released one album, called Parallel Prophecies.[11] Yoon's name, Natasha, was hard for South Koreans to pronounce, so she used the name "Tasha," in order to better appeal to the intended audience.

Uptown broke up in 2000 after several group members were arrested on drug charges. Yoon's then-boyfriend, rapper Tiger JK, was also arrested and spent a month and a half in jail. Yoon herself went into hiding during that period.[12][13]

Solo career and MFBTY

Yoon debuted as a solo artist in 2001, under the moniker "T" which she shortened even more from "Tasha". She released her first album, As Time Goes By that same year. Her second album, Gemini and her third album, To My Love, were released the following year in 2002.[7][10]

In 2006, she joined Jungle Entertainment, a label founded by her now-husband Tiger JK.[14] The following year, she released the album T3 - Yoon Mi Rae, on which she shared the difficulties she faced as a mixed race artist in Korea. That year, she performed in Seoul, South Korea with American singer Amerie, who is also of African-American and Korean heritage.[10][15]

In 2012, Yoon became the face of the computer brand Hewlett-Packard in Korea, having signed a one-year contract to appear in their print media and radio advertisements.[16] She was also a judge on the third and fourth seasons of the television talent competition Superstar K.[17]

Yoon, Tiger JK and rapper Bizzy, formed the hip hop trio MFBTY (My Fans Better Than Yours) in 2013. The group's first single, "Sweet Dream," ranked #1 on three Korean music charts shortly after its release. They had debuted the song at a concert in Cannes, France.[18][19] MFBTY signed to Tiger JK's newly created Feel Ghood Music label later that year.[20]

In September 2013, Yoon earned the #1 spot on Billboard's Korea K-Pop Hot 100 list with her song "Touch Love" from the South Korean drama Master's Sun.[21]

In December 2014, Yoon released the single "Angel," which quickly became #1 on four Korean music charts.[22] Also that month she revealed that the American film The Interview used her song "Pay Day" without permission, and that she was taking legal action.[23]

Personal life

In June 2007, she married Tiger JK in a private ceremony in a Buddhist Temple. The wedding occurred a month before the death of Tiger JK's grandmother who had wanted to see them wed before her passing. Yoon gave birth to their son Jordan Seo in March 2008.[7][24]

Yoon and her husband are advocates against child abuse. In 2011, they appeared in a photoshoot with their son in Vogue Korea for the "Stop Child Abuse & Love Children" campaign. They also filmed a public service announcement for the World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse, performing at the 2011 Child Abuse Awareness Concert. In 2012, South Korea's Ministry of Health and Welfare commended the couple for their efforts in promoting child abuse prevention.[25][26]

Yoon has also promoted awareness of multiculturalism within Korean families. In 2008, she volunteered for seven months at a multicultural youth camp.[27]


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
As Times Goes By
  • Released: September 10, 2001
  • Label: World Music Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Track listing
  1. As Time Goes By
  2. I Miss You So
  3. ?
  4. La Musique
  5. As Time Goes By (English version)
  6. She (...Could Never Be Me)
  7. Soul Flower
  8. ( Old School Love)
  9. La Musique (English version)
  10. ? (Remix)
  11. ?
  • Released: May 3, 2002
  • Label: World Music Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Track listing
  1. G
  2. Meditation
  3. Me We
  4. Memories...
  5. Wonder Woman
  6. Concrete Jungle
  7. Combination Platter
  8. Double Trouble
  9. Memories... (English version)
  10. MT
To My Love
  • Released: December 5, 2002
  • Label: World Music Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Track listing
  1. Unforgettable
  2. To My Love
  3. Tuesday
  4. To My Love (English version)
  5. (with Bobby Kim)
  6. One Day
  7. Because I Love You (with Bobby Kim)
  8. ?
  9. Why Me?
  10. Gotta Get Love
  11. ?!
  12. Because I Love You (English version)
  13. ? (Sad But True)
  • Released: February 23, 2007
  • Label: Jungle Entertainment
  • Formats: CD
Track listing
  1. Black Diamond
  2. What's Up, Mr. Good Stuff
  3. Honeymoon
  4. Gimme, Gimme ()
  5. Pay Day
  6. Black Happiness ( )
  7. Who
  8. Good Bye Sadness, Hello Happiness
-- N/A
"--" denotes album did not chart.


Title Year Peak chart
Sales Album
As lead artist
"Bye Bye Bye" 2008 N/A* N/A* Rhapsody Part 2
single album with Tiger JK
"Please Don't Go" (?) 2009 Non-album singles
"Get It In"
feat. Tiger JK, Jung-in
2011 5 1,794,085
"This Love" ( ?) 2015 1
"Because of You" 2016 19 SM Station Season 1
"Jam Come On Baby" ( Baby) 36 Non-album singles
"No Gravity" 2018
"Kawi Bawi Bo" ()
with Johan Kim
2007 N/A* N/A* Non-album singles
"#Capture The City"
with Boys Noize
2015 --
"You and I" ( ?)
with Jeon In-kwon, Zion.T, Tiger JK, Galaxy Express and others
"How Are You?" (? )
with Punch
2016 16
"Ghood Family"
with Tiger JK, feat. Bizzy, Black Nine, BB, MRSHLL
2017 --
As featured artist
Planet Shiver feat. Double K, Yankie, Dok2, MYK, Yoon Mi-rae
2009 N/A* N/A* Non-album single
"Positive Vibes"
Paloalto feat. Yoon Mi-rae
2010 77 Lonely Hearts
"Without You Now" ( ? )
Euna Kim feat. Yoon Mi-rae, Tiger JK, Bizzy
2014 9 Non-album single
"Nice To Meet You" (?)
Tiger JK feat. Yoon Mi-rae
2015 71 Non-album single
Ailee feat. Yoon Mi-rae
2016 20 A New Empire
Jin Longguo feat. Yoon Mi-rae
2018 N/A Non-album single
Soundtrack appearances
"Touch Love" 2013 1 1,299,537 Master's Sun OST Part 4
"I Love You" ( ) 2014 1 It's Okay, That's Love OST Part 6
"I'll Listen To What You Have To Say" ( ?) 2015 7 Who Are You: School 2015 OST Part 3
"Always" 2016 2 Descendants of the Sun OST Part 1
"Black Happiness" ( )
with Gye Min-a
87 Fantastic Duo OST Part 14
"You Are My World" (? ) 10 Legend of the Blue Sea OST Part 2
with Ann
2017 -- Queen of Mystery OST Part 4
"The Sky of My Youth" ( Sky) -- Hit the Top OST Part 3
"--" denotes song did not chart.
*Chart and sales data not available prior to 2010.

Television appearances


MelOn Music Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2013 Yoon Mi-rae Best Original Soundtrack Won

Mnet Asian Music Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2007 "Have You Forgotten?"[33] Best R&B Performance Won
2013 "Touch Love"[34] Best Original Soundtrack Won
2014 "I Love You"[35] Nominated


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