Epik High is a South Korean alternative hip hop group from Seoul, composed of Tablo, Mithra Jin, and DJ Tukutz. They formed in 2001 and the group made their beginnings in the underground hip hop scene in Seoul. In 2003 under Woolim entertainment they released their debut album. After leaving Woolim Entertainment Epik High founded their independent label, Map the Soul. They also worked as artists of YG entertainment for seven years before going independent. They now partner with William Morris Endeavor and EN Management for managing their overseas activities and tours.

Debut Date: October 21, 2003

Debut Album (EP): Map of the Human Soul

Debut Single: ‘Go’

Fandom Name: High Skool

 

MEMBER PROFILE

 

TABLO (‎Lee Seon-woong/ Daniel Armand Lee)

Birth Date: 22 July 1980

Position: Leader, Rapper, Songwriter, Producer, and Lyricist

TMI: Tablo has lived in Switzerland, Hong Kong, Canada, Indonesia, and South Korea when he was a kid as his family kept moving due to his father’s job.

Tablo started playing piano at the age of six but later switched to the violin, which he played for 10 years.

Tablo wrote the lyrics to legendary singer Kim Gun-mo’s song “Rainy Christmas” when he was sixteen years old.

Has made a cameo in Lee Hyori’s “10 Minutes” music video.

He has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature, a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Stanford University.

While he was at Stanford, Tablo associated with an underground hip hop group, 4n Objectz

Tablo has published a book entitled “Pieces of You” and Blonote in both Korean and English, which became a bestseller.

During Epik High’s tenure at Woolim Entertainment, they helped produce the K-pop boy band INFINITE. Tablo and Mithra both wrote lyrics for the band’s debut mini-album, First Invasion.

He also had a radio show, MBC FM4U’s “Tablo’s Dreaming Radio”

Tablo married Korean actress Kang Hye-Jung and has a daughter.

Tablo and his daughter were part of the cast of the popular reality-variety show “The Return of Superman”.

He is the founder of independent music label HIGHGRND (High Ground), which housed bands Hyukoh and The Black Skirts.

 He made his acting debut in the TV show Nonstop (2005) and has also acted in other TV shows such as High Kick, Woman of Matchless Beauty.

He was the producer and judge in the popular rap competition TV show “ Show me the Money” 3&4.

His debut solo album, Fever’s End, was released in 2011.

His song “Bad” from Fever’s End, was nominated for “Best Rap Performance”  in Mnet Asian Music Awards.

Outside of Epik High, Tablo is a record producer and songwriter for other artists and is involved in collaborative projects.

He has a podcast titled “The Tablo Podcast” which is produced by DIVE Studios.

He has a personal Instagram and Twitter.

 

DJ TUKUTZ(Kim Jung Sik)

Birth Date : November 19, 1981

Position: DJ, Producer, Turntablist, Engineer, and Dancer.

TMI: He first got into DJ-ing in the summer of 1995 by spinning records at local raves and warehouse parties in Japan.

His nicknames are Street T, DJ Carrot

He teamed up with Tablo and went to the U.S with him, where he DJ-ed on radio shows, live events, and clubs around the Boston and New York City area.

 Has made a cameo in Lee Hyori’s “10 Minutes” music video.

He played concerts as DJ Sukutz for a month following a funny incident in the FM radio show “Cultwo Show”

He is also married and has two kids.

He looks after the finances of the group.

He had been scouted by SM entertainment as a young boy.

He worked part-time at a karaoke

He has a personal Instagram and Twitter account.

 

MITHRA JIN(Choi Jin)

Birth Date: 6 January 1983

Position: Rapper, Songwriter, Lyricist and Maknae

TMI: Mithra was originally a poet whose poems also worked as rhymes.

Previously he was in a horrorcore group called K-Ryders.

His nickname is SleepingT.

His first job was at an internet café.

 Has made a cameo in Lee Hyori’s “10 Minutes” music video.

 he made his solo debut as a vocalist in the hit Tv show  “The King Of Mask Singer,”

During Epik High’s tenure at Woolim Entertainment, they helped produce the K-pop boy band INFINITE. Tablo and Mithra both wrote lyrics for the band’s debut mini-album, First Invasion.

He is married to actress Kwon Da Hyun.

He is known to be a homebody

He has a personal Instagram and Twitter account.

MILESTONES

(Source: Wikipedia)

 

  • Swan Songs was intended to be Epik High’s final album, following the poor performance of their previous two releases; however, it became a mainstream hit and made them one of the most popular hip hop groups in Korea. The album was a chart success with the title track, “Fly”, reaching number one on domestic charts
  • “Fly” was featured on the soundtracks for FIFA 07 and Pump It Up.
  • In April 2016, they became the second-ever Korean artists to perform at the Coachella music festival and were invited to perform for the April 2020 Coachella music festival as well and thus will be the first Korean artist to perform twice at Coachella
  • In March 2015, The group joined the massive lineup of SXSW’s musical acts in Austin.
  • They founded their independent label, Map the Soul. Albeit short-lived, the record label welcomed a short lineup of artists such as MYK and Dok2.
  • They’ve had many successful tours in many countries and cities such as North America, Europe, Singapore, Japan, Korea, and many more.
  • In the Gaon Char Awards in 2014, they won the “ Discovery of the Year” and in 2018 they won “Song of the Year” for “Love Story” feat IU and was nominated for the song “Home is Far Away”
  • They have won the “Hip Hop Award” (2005,2009,2013 &2015), Bonsang(2007&2015) in the Golden Disc Awards.
  • They won the KBS Music Awards for “Best Artist” in 2005.
  • They won the Korean Music Awards for “Best Hip Hop Album” and “Hip Hop Musician of the Year” in 2008
  • They were nominated in various categories of the MBC Plus X Genie Music Awards in 2018
  • They won the “Best Hip Hop Performance” (2005,2007 &2008) and “Best Rap Performance”( 2012&2014) and were nominated in various categories over the years in the Mnet Asian Music Awards.
  • They won the “Best Hip Hop Artist” in 2006 at the SBS Music Awards.
  • They won the “Best Album Award” and “Bonsang” in 2007 and the “Bonsang” in 2012 at the Seoul Music Awards.

 

Check out their single “Fly” from an album they were expecting would be their last but broke through on the charts in 2005. This song leaves you feeling hopeful and determined to achieve your dreams.

 

Epik High is known for the famous collaborations with Female soloists and “Umbrella (feat.Younha)” is one of them. It is a song that speaks to anyone who’s been through a break-up or loss and understands the mournful feeling of having someone beside you suddenly disappear.

 

Why don’t you listen to “Run” as you are running for your dreams?

 

Going through a breakup? Epik High has the perfect song to reminisce about the relationship! Listen to LOVE STORY ft. IU

 

Life is hard and sometimes we need a warm blanket of support and this song provides it!

 

Listen to this epic collaboration of artists in K-hip hop! “BORN HATER ft. Beenzino, Verbal Jint, B.I, MINO, BOBBY” is a perfect song to call out the haters!

 

A perfect song when you are missing your loved one with a beautifully animated video. Listen to “Sleeping Beauty” a collaboration with END OF THE WORLD(SEKAI NO OWARI)

 

 

Epik High has proved with their music and lyrics that it can impact lives and they have given words to the countless emotions we feel as humans. Their music helps fans reflect on themselves and their relationships while being a safe space for them. They have been in this industry for a long time and have continuously raised bars with their music and we can’t for what they have in store for us in the future!

 

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Which song of Epik High is your comfort blanket?

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