Korean martial art resembling karate. It is characterized by the use of high standing and jump kicks as well as punches and is practiced for sport, self-defense, and spiritual development. In sparring, blows are stopped just short of contact. Based on earlier forms of Korean self-defense, tae kwon do was formalized and named in 1955. It became an Olympic sport in the year 2000.
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J-Kwon first rose to stardom with his single "Tipsy" and his 2004 album, Hood Hop. The aforementioned album peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200. It has reached gold status, selling approximately 650,000 copies to date. The first single from the album, "Tipsy", peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #4 in the UK, becoming a success and making it his biggest single to date, and one of the biggest hip-hop records of 2004. A music video was filmed for the single, which was an obvious remake of Gin & Juice by Snoop Dogg. Strangely on the set of this music video, a shot was fired from a passing vehicle. The shot hit a window of a van, but no one was reported hurt.
After "Tipsy" had done its fair share on the radio, Jive parted with "You & Me", featuring Sadiyyah, as the second single. Disagreement with the record label followed, as J-Kwon wanted "Parking Lot" or "Hood Hop" to be a second single, but Jive decided "You & Me" with the fall and holiday theme in mind, considering it was a breezier, softer song. While the released single was no where near as successful as the earlier smash, the song did chart to #58 on the Billboard Hot 100 and landed a spot on the seventeenth edition of Now That's What I Call Music!. Afterwards, Jive had released third single "Hood Hop", which had little success, and failed to chart on the Hot 100 and only peaking at #52 on Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Tracks.
J-Kwon rose back to stardom in 2005 when he was given the opportunity to make the priority song on the XXX: State of the Union soundtrack. The song, "Get XXX'd", featuring Petey Pablo and Ebony Eyez, was completed soon enough and was featured on the movie's soundtrack and in the credits of the movie. Also in 2005, he promoted another part of media, this time in television, when he collaborated with comedian Andy Milonakis in "Like Dis", to promote The Andy Milonakis Show, which was played in skits on MTV during the show's first season broadcast.
|Year||Song||US Hot 100||US R&B/Hip-Hop||US Rap||UK Singles||Album|
|2004||"You & Me" (featuring Sadiyyah)||58||70||21||-||Hood Hop|
|2004||"Hood Hop"||-||52||-||-||Hood Hop|
|2005||"Get XXX'd" (featuring Ebony Eyez & Petey Pablo)||-||-||-||-||XXX: State of the Union (soundtrack)|
|2008||"Boo-Boo"||-||-||-||-||Hood Hop 2|
|Year||Song||U.S. Hot 100||U.S. R&B||U.S. Rap||UK Singles||Album|
|2005||"Fresh Azimiz" (Bow Wow featuring J-Kwon & Jermaine Dupri)||23||13||6||-||Wanted|