Ok Taec-yeon, born December 27, 1988, known mononymously as Taecyeon, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, actor, and entrepreneur. He is the main rapper of the South Korean boy group 2PM.
Taecyeon was born in Busan, South Korea, but immigrated at the age of 10 with his parents and older sister Jihyen to Bedford, Massachusetts, a small town situated in the Greater Boston Area. Taecyeon lived there for seven years, attending Bedford High School where he was an active member of the Chess Club, Jazz Band, JV Soccer Team and National Honor Society, before returning to pursue his career in Korea. He is fluent in English, Korean and Japanese.
In 2008 he took part in Mnet’s Hot Blood Men, which follows the extreme training of 13 trainees in order to become a member of the boy band One Day. One Day spawned two boy bands, 2AM and 2PM, the latter of which Taecyeon became a member of. So far 2PM has released five Korean studio albums, four Japanese studio albums, and one EP.
In 2010, Taecyeon debuted as an actor in the Korean drama Cinderella’s Sister and since then has starred in Dream High (2011) and Hey Ghost, Let’s Fight (2016).