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Native name  임성빈
Years active  2009–present
Music group  Jazzyfact
Labels  Illionaire Records

Name  Lim Sung-bin
Role  Rapper
Birth name  Lim Sungbin
Record label  1llionaire Records
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Born  September 12, 1987 (age 28) (1987-09-12)
Occupation(s)  Rapper, record producer, MC
Associated acts  Epik High, Dok2, The Quiett, Verbal Jint, Jazzyfact, Hot Clip, Primary
Albums  24:26, 2 4 : 2 6, Up All Night
Genres  Hip hop music, Korean hip hop
Similar People  Dok2, The Quiett, Verbal Jint, ZionT, Primary
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Lim Sung-bin (Hangul: 임성빈; born September 12, 1987), better known by the stage name Beenzino (Hangul: 빈지노), is a South Korean rapper currently signed under Illionaire Records. His stage name is a play on that of Boston rapper Benzino, combined with "빈" (pronounced "been") from his birth name. 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. He is noted for his melodic style of rapping.

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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. Beenzino toured as a solo artist in the U.S. in 2015.

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Early life and career beginnings

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

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He first gained recognition by posting recordings to the DC Tribe website, through which he was first recruited by established rapper Simon D. 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).

Debut as a solo artist

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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. By 2011, he was a respected solo artist, although still a rookie by industry standards. In October, he featured on Primary's 2011 album Primary and the Messengers.

In 2012, Beenzino released his first solo album, 24:26, and performed with Illionaire Records during their nationwide Korean tour that summer. 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.

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. He went on to perform at MU:Con 2013 and featured on albums by K.Will (The Third Album Part 2: Love Blossom) and Lee Hyori (Monochrome).

In April 2014, he featured on the Junggigo song "Want U", which was a number one hit in Korea and sold over a million copies. 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, and as a featured guest during Verbal Jint's international concert tour.

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

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