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Yoon Mi-rae
American singer and rapper

Yoon Mi-rae

Yoon Mi-rae
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Intro American singer and rapper
A.K.A. Natasha Shanta Reid
Is Singer Songwriter Musician Composer Rapper
From United States of America South Korea
Field Music
Gender female
Birth 31 May 1981, Portland, USA
Age 41 years
Star sign Gemini
Spouse: Tiger JK
Texas A&M University
Rhythm and blues
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Natasha Shanta Reid (born May 31, 1981), better known by her Korean name Yoon Mi-rae (Korean: 윤미래), is an American-born South Korean rapper and singer who is currently a member of Korean hip hop trio MFBTY.


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.

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.

In 1999, she also formed hip hop and R&B duo "Tashannie" with singer Annie. They released one album, called Parallel Prophecies. 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.

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.

In 2006, she joined Jungle Entertainment, a label founded by her now-husband Tiger JK. 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.

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. She was also a judge on the third and fourth seasons of the television talent competition Superstar K.

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. MFBTY signed to Tiger JK's newly created Feel Ghood Music label later that year.

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.

In December 2014, Yoon released the single "Angel," which quickly became #1 on four Korean music charts. 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.

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.

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.

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


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. 바보
  2. As Time Goes By
  3. I Miss You So
  4. 슬픔에 기대어
  5. 행복한 나를
  6. 그대없는 사랑
  7. La Musique
  8. As Time Goes By (English version)
  9. She (...Could Never Be Me)
  10. Soul Flower
  11. ( Old School Love)
  12. 친구가 아닌 연인
  13. La Musique (English version)
  14. 시간이 흐른 뒤 (Remix)
  15. 하루하루
  • KOR: 255,486+
  • Released: May 3, 2002
  • Label: World Music Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Track listing
  1. G火자
  2. Meditation
  3. Me We
  4. Memories...
  5. Wonder Woman
  6. 끝없는 바다 저편에
  7. Concrete Jungle
  8. Combination Platter
  9. Double Trouble
  10. 남자 남자 남자
  11. Memories... (English version)
  12. MT
  • KOR: 90,019+
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. 선물
  5. To My Love (English version)
  6. 끝없는 바다 저편에 (with Bobby Kim)
  7. One Day
  8. Because I Love You (with Bobby Kim)
  9. 집으로 와
  10. 나는
  11. 인연
  12. Why Me?
  13. Gotta Get Love
  14. 찬바람아!
  15. Because I Love You (English version)
  16. 너 (Sad But True)
  • KOR: 71,046+
  • Released: February 23, 2007
  • Label: Jungle Entertainment
  • Formats: CD
Track listing
  1. Black Diamond
  2. What's Up, Mr. Good Stuff
  3. 잊었니
  4. Honeymoon
  5. Gimme, Gimme (이기주의자)
  6. Pay Day
  7. 시간은 눈물과 흐르고
  8. 나니까
  9. Black Happiness (검은 행복)
  10. Who
  11. Good Bye Sadness, Hello Happiness


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" (떠나지마) 2009 Non-album singles
"Get It In"
feat. Tiger JK, Jung-in
2011 5 1,794,085
"This Love" (사랑이 맞을거야) 2015 1
"Because of You" 2016 19 SM Station Season 1
"Jam Come On Baby" (잠깐만 Baby) 36 Non-album singles
"No Gravity" 2018
"Kawi Bawi Bo" (가위바위보)
with Johan Kim
2007 N/A* N/A* Non-album singles
"#Capture The City"
with Boys Noize
"You and I" (너와 나)
with Jeon In-kwon, Zion.T, Tiger JK, Galaxy Express and others
"How Are You?" (잘 지내고 있니)
with Punch
2016 16
"Ghood Family"
with Tiger JK, feat. Bizzy, Black Nine, BB, MRSHLL
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" (이젠 너 없이도)
Euna Kim feat. Yoon Mi-rae, Tiger JK, Bizzy
2014 9 Non-album single
"Nice to Meet You" (반가워요)
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
"In The Air"

Shinhwa feat. Yoon Mi-rae

2018 N/A HEART
Soundtrack appearances
"Touch Love" 2013 1 1,299,537 Master's Sun OST Part 4
"I Love You" (너를 사랑해) 2014 1 It's Okay, That's Love OST Part 6
"I'll Listen To What You Have To Say" (너의 얘길 들어줄게) 2015 7 Who Are You: School 2015 OST Part 3
"Always" 2016 2 Descendants of the Sun OST Part 1
"Black Happiness" (검은 행복)
with Gye Min-a
87 Fantastic Duo OST Part 14
"You Are My World" (그대라는 세상) 10 Legend of the Blue Sea OST Part 2
with Ann
2017 Queen of Mystery OST Part 4
"The Sky of My Youth" (젊은 날의 Sky) Hit the Top OST Part 3
"My Dream" (윤미래) 2019 Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung OST Part 2
"Flower" 22 Crash Landing on You OST Part 2
"Say" 2020 65 Itaewon Class OST Part 8

Television appearances

  • 2018: The Fan - Fan (Episode 1)
  • 2016: Fantastic Duo – Contestant (Episode 17-20)
  • 2011: Superstar K3 – Judge


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?" Best R&B Performance Won
2013 "Touch Love" Best Original Soundtrack Won
2014 "I Love You" Nominated
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