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Born and raised in the Seattle area, Park rose to local fame as a rapper and dancer in the influential Art of Movement bboy crew. He reached South Korean prominence as part of the boy band 2PM, but was eventually kicked out when it was discovered that he made disparaging remarks about the K-pop industry on MySpace. During his exile, Park returned to the U.S., where he opened for Ne-yo and penned a track for Will Smith. South Korea has forgiven him, he has forged a solo career, and through it all Park has made it clear he kowtows to no one. As we all know -- that's hot.