Not Your Average: Dumbfoundead

Category: Not Your Average


“Not Your Average” is a new video series in which Julie Young has a conversation with people who are not your average Korean-Americans. In this episode, Julie interviews Jonathan Park, aka Dumbfoundead, who was born in Buenos Aires to Korean immigrants, smuggled into Mexico, and raised in K-town LA. Dumbfoundead is a Korean-American hip-hop artist who has gained wide international recognition. Nearly 400K YouTube fans from all over the globe are hooked on Dumbfoundead’s hip-hop music and lifestyle.

Also known as Jonathan Park, DFD, Dumb, or Parker, rapper Dumbfoundead delivers his comedic rhymes in an effortless style, a combination that served him well while on the MC battle circuit. He is known for his affiliation with Los Angeles-based hip-hop collective Project Blowed. He has participated in the West Coast division of rap battle league, Grind Time, and in Jumpoff’s 2007 World Rap Championships; both of which gave rise to his strong web presence. He was a member of the hip hop trio Thirsty Fish and Los Angeles battle crew Swim Team.

He made his official debut on album in 2011 when he released DFD on his own Dumbfoundead label. In 2012, he joined Breezy Love Joy on a tour of America and released his second album, Take the Stare. Dumbfoundead’s latest album Old Boy Jon, named after his favorite movie, Old Boy by the Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, was released in 2013.