Lee Sang-min as a Producer
Lee Sang-min and YG Entertainment’s former CEO, Yang Hyun-suk were considered as the most successful producers in the late 90s. Lee Sang-min wrote and produced songs for popular groups like Chakra, Country Kko kko, and S#arp. His musical genre was mainly dance, ballad, rap, and techno music.
Starting from April 1997, after Roo’ra’s disbandment, Lee Sang-min started working as a music producer. He collaborated with Yang Hyun-suk to produce mixed group Sohodae’s debut album. On August 29th, 1997, he produced a girl group called Diva. Their debut album was titled Funky Diva 1997. Diva consisted of three girl members; one of them was Cha Ri-na, a former member of Roo’ra.
Lee Sang-min had a big part in discovering the talent of comedian and TV personality, Tak Jae-hun. He wrote and composed a pop-dance album for Country Kko Kko, a music duo that consisted of his best friend Sin Jung-hwan and Tak Jae-hun. The duo released their debut album Oh! Happy on April 5th, 1998.
Another mixed-sex group that Lee Sang-min helped to produce was S#arp. He wrote and composed most tracks of their albums. S#arp debuted on November 12th, 1998, by releasing their debut album titled The Sharp.
Lee Sang-min had a helping hand in forming the girl group Chakra. The group debuted with four members, Hwangbo, Eun, Ryeowon, and Eani. Chakra released their debut single “Han” on February 26th, 2000, at Music Camp and received a lot of attention for their unique Indian music concept. Chakra received several music awards, such as Rookie and Best New Group.
On October 5th, 1999, Lee Sang-min formed and produced a supergroup consisted of Roo’ra, Chakra, and Diva members. It was a 13-member group called Bros. Bros’ debut album was titled Win Win and was based on techno music with a combination of nature and human sounds. The album was also a combination of several music genres.
Lee Sang-min’s Suicide Attempt
Roo’ra was accused of plagiarism because its third album title track “A Love in Heaven” had similarity with Japanese song called “Omatsuri Ninja.” After the plagiarism scandal hit Roo’ra, Lee Sang-min restrained himself from public appearances. He became very depressed and even punched a glass window. He hurt himself and his left hand was bleeding terribly. His manager found out about his condition and called the police and mistakenly reported it as a suicide attempt.