Before his days as a heartthrob actor with acclaimed roles in drama and film, Jang Hyuk was prowling (and crawling) around music show stages in a leather jacket and rockin' sunglasses.

As it turns out, Jang did "Hey Girl" way before Ryan Gosling -- in 2000, as a bleached-haired rapper named TJ Project.

Feast your eyes and ears upon his glorious mumble-talk-rapping:

Boy's got that stage presence!

The fact that he's completely earnest the whole way through is hilarious and cringe-worthy but, in a way, also kind of sad.

There, there, Jang Hyuk. It could have been worse. At least you weren't wearing these plastic pants.

We can't never bye~