B.A.P was once considered a rival to EXO when they debuted in 2012. After many incidents, the members left the group and pursued their own careers.
On June 13, Him Chan – a former member of B.A.P – tried to commit suicide at his home. The 31-year-old artist’s extreme action took place the same day he apologized to the audience for his scandalous personal life. Previously, Him Chan had to appear in court and was sentenced to 10 months in prison for allegedly abusing a 20-year-old girl at a motel (Gyeonggi Province) in 2018.
B.A.P’s scandal has fans of the group taken aback. B.A.P debuted in the Korean entertainment industry with the album Warrior and Power in 2012. In February 2013, One Shot topped the Billboard World Albums chart. Their later songs like Bad Man, Hurricane were well-received. The group conducted the B.A.P Live On Earth tour from March to June 2014 in 20 cities. In the period 2012-2013, B.A.P was considered as EXO’s top rival when it had a large fan base all over the world.
At the end of 2014, the B.A.P members sued TS Entertainment – the group’s management company – to cancel the exclusive artist contract. According to the evidence provided by the group, the management company unfairly distributed profits (rate 1 for the artist, 9 for the company) and did not provide enough living and performing conditions for the group. After taking a hiatus from activities for about a year and rearranging terms with the company, B.A.P returned to the music industry. However, the group lost its original position. The group’s reputation “died without brakes”. In February 2019, the group’s 7-year contract term ended, all members left the company, B.A.P also disbanded.
Bang Yong Guk
Bang Yong Guk is the leader of B.A.P., known for his composing ability. He left the group and established his own company after his contract expired in 2018 (the male rapper signed his contract earlier than other B.A.P members). Yong Guk started his solo career with the autobiographical song “Hikikomori” and received much love from the audience. In August 2019, the 31-year-old rapper performed his mandatory military service, and was just discharged in May.
Jung Dae Hyun
Jung Dae Hyun is one of the two main vocalists of B.A.P. He has participated in musicals such as Napoleon or All Shock Up. The male singer signed a contract with STX Lion Heart Entertainment after leaving TS Entertainment. The 28-year-old artist released the solo song The Moment, All Things Will Pass (Sweet Munchies movie). Dae Hyun has been in the army since November 2020.
Yoo Young Jae
Yoo Young Jae used to be a trainee under JYP Entertainment. He is the second main vocalist of B.A.P. After leaving TS Entertainment, Young Jae joined DMost Entertainment. In April 2019, he started his solo career with the mini-album “Fancy”. The 27-year-old artist also entered the acting field when participating in Kdrama Mr.Queen and Police Academy.
Moon Jong Up
Moon Jong Up is currently under Big Ocean ENM. In May 2020, he released the solo album Headache. Previously, the 26-year-old male singer collaborated with many artists and released impressive works such as Party Baby (ft Dae Hyun) or Fly Day. In December 2020, the former B.A.P member participated in the musical movie “Idol Recipe”.
Zelo joined A Entertainment after leaving the old management company. But he left A Entertainment after only 6 months, and is currently a freelance artist. In April 2020, the 25-year-old artist released the album “Day2Day” with the title song “She and Malibu”. So far, Zelo’s career has not shown signs of prosperity.