Kim Yu-kwon (Hangul: 김유권, born April 9, 1992), better known by the stage name U-Kwon (Hangul: 유권), is a South Korean singer, signed under Seven Seasons. He is a vocalist and dancer in Block B; he is also a member of the sub-unit Bastarz along with P.O and B-Bomb, as well as the sub-unit T2U with Taeil.
U-Kwon was born Kim Yu-kwon in Suwon, South Korea.
U-Kwon debuted with Block B in April 2011. Four years later, it was announced that U-Kwon would participate in Block B’s first sub-unit, Bastarz, along with members P.O and B-Bomb. U-Kwon released his first Japanese solo, “Painless” (痛くない), on June 24, 2016; the song was composed by him for the short vampire film Q Chan, in which he starred.
On June 24, 2016, it was announced that U-Kwon had been cast on the idol-dance competition show Hit the Stage. U-Kwon won the premiere episode of the show with a dance routine in which he portrayed the Joker.
In June 2017, U-Kwon and fellow Block B member P.O received the Maxim K-Model Icon Idol Award.
U-Kwon performed a seven-show, six-city tour of Japan from August 26 to September 7, 2017, along with fellow Block B member Taeil as the special unit T2U. U-Kwon also took part in the Japanese special project album, Block B: Project-1, released September 20, performing the song “Winner” along with P.O and Japanese rapper Chanmina.
On October 18, it was announced that U-Kwon had been selected to host the music show The Power of K, along with Nancy of Momoland and Shownu of Monsta X. The show began broadcasting January 2018 in both Korea and Japan.
In December 2017, U-Kwon along with the singer Rothy released an OST song for the drama Jugglers entitled “Baby Baby.”
On January 8, 2018, Block B released the album Re: Montage featuring a solo song by U-Kwon, “Everythin’.” In addition to performing the song, U-Kwon helped write the lyrics. U-Kwon also wrote the Japanese lyrics to the 2018 T2U song “Good Bye,” which appears on the Block B The Best album, and the Japanese lyrics to the song “Ocean,” which appears on the subunit’s debut album, T2U.
U-Kwon announced in December 2012 that he was in a relationship with the model Jun Sun-hye.