Eluphant: Profile, Facts, Pre-debut


A Blessing to K-Pop Hip-Hop—Eluphant!

When you hear about Eluphant, you might not immediately associate that name with a K-Pop hip-hop duo, right? Because it seems kinda… cute? Well, that is the unique charm of this group! Created by famous Korean hip-hop MCs Kebee and Minos, Eluphant is a K-Pop hip-hop duo under Brand New Music that focuses on emotional lyrics and feelings. The name is a combination of Kebee’s stage name, Eluka, and Minos’ stage name Elephant. The stage names were also said to be inspired by Haruki Murakami’s essays Happy End of the Elephant Factory. There is also a track of the same title in their first album Eluphant Bakery, released back in 2006.

If the name alone has invited some raised eyebrows and curiosity regarding their works, time to find out all the details about this unique duo in the article below!


Group Profile

  • Group name: Eluphant
  • Genre: Korean hip-hop
  • Years active: 2006–present
  • Labels: Soul Company, Brand New Music
  • Members: Kebee, Minos
  • Discography: Studio albums: Eluphant Bakery (2006), Man On The Earth (2011), Man On The Moon (2015) | Extended Plays: Apollo (2012), The Art of Travel (2017) | Single album: You Are Still Beautiful (2011)
  • Website: Official website


Full Profile of Kebee

  • Birth name: Bae Lee-sak (배이삭)
  • Birthplace: South Korea
  • Birthday: May 29th, 1983
  • Occupation: Rapper
  • Years active: 2004–present
  • Labels: Soul Company, Brand New Music
  • Associated acts: Eluphant, Loptimist
  • SNS: Instagram, Twitter

Fun Facts about Kebee

  • He was the former CEO of Soul Company, a hip-hop label that debuted Eluphant
  • He withdrew from Soul Company in 2011, and now the company is no longer operating
  • After that, he signed with Brand New Music
  • There are rumors that his stage name is derived from a character drawn on tissue paper
  • At first, his stage name had no meaning, but later it was said that his stage name means ‘to keep the shortest distance’ and later changed to ‘raining on a small tree’
  • He started his music creation activities in 2000 and debuted in the Haja OST Hip-hop Project Album with the song “Beginning of Beginning”
  • In 2003, he participated in the album People & Places vol.1 made by Shinuiji with three songs: “Comfort Boys,” “Second Diary,” and “Foot Love pt.2”
  • He collaborated with Verbal Jint for a song titled “Comfort Boys”
  • He had unrivaled rapping skills, especially in flow and rhymes
  • His hip-hop lyrics are mostly talking about the inside of hip-hop
  • He said he is good at freestyle
  • He appeared in Mnet’s Show Me the Money 6
  • He has often been named as a lyricist for K-POP idols’ music
  • He participated in the lyrics of TWICE’s “You Must Be Crazy” and IZONE’s “Sunflower”
  • According to VLIVE Eluphant Radio, his original hometown was not Seoul, but Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do
  • He sets his Twitter account private


Full Profile of Minos

  • Birth name: Choi Min-ho (최민호)
  • Birthplace: South Korea
  • Birthday: February 17th, 1983 (age 37)
  • Occupation: rapper
  • Years active: 1999–present
  • Labels: Soul Company, Brand New Music
  • Associated acts: Virus, Eluphant, Minos in Nuol, Noise Mob
  • SNS: Instagram, Twitter


Fun Facts about Minos

  • He is a Korean hip-hop MC from Daegu
  • He debuted in 1999 as a member of the Daegu-based hip-hop duo Virus with rapper Mecca through the debut EP Pardon Me? in 2003 and later disbanded in 2006 due to their military enlistment
  • He began to form the stage name Minos when Eluphant was formed after his military discharge in 2006
  • He succeeded in creating the new term ’emotional hip-hop’ by showing off fancy-style album designs and soft songs
  • He has been recognized as a rapper who is similar to Kebee and is an emotional hip-hop rapper
  • In 2009, he released the project album The Lost Files with Artisan Beatz, and in 2010, he released the project album Humanoid/Hypnotica with New Orleans
  • His style is described as a hardcore MC, which was a style that spits out rap with a rough vocal tone
  • His name Minos came from changing his name (Minho → Mino → MINO → MINOS)
  • He is quite a smoker, he has a few songs about smoking
  • He has many nicknames, such as The Storyteller, Elephant Factory Manager, Ugly Talker, Crazy Elephant, Psycho Dumbo, Drunken Figaro, and many more
  • When he was in the military, the senior sergeant found out that Minos was a Virus member, so whenever the sergeant called him, he had to rap
  • He is the rapping teacher for Bae Su-min, a member of the girl group STAYC

Eluphant’s Pre-debut


Prior to joining Eluphant, both Kebee and Minos had debuted a few years earlier with Kebee starting his music creation activities in 2000 and debuting in the Haja Ost Hip-hop Project Album, and Minos joining the duo called Virus back in 1999 with another rapper named Mecca.

Kebee and Minos have known each other since before the creation of the Soul Company and had collaborated on a song. After the Soul Company was founded by Kebee, Minos, who was just discharged from his military service was contemplating what path to take to resume his music activities. Kebee then gave him a project, and thus a two-member group called Eluphant was born.

The name Eluphant combines the Japanese dolphin (Eluka) and the elephant (Elephant). Dolphins are Kebee’s favorite animals, and elephants come from Minos being impressed by Haruki Murakami’s novel Happy End of Elephant Factory. In fact, Eluphant even has a song titled “Happy End of Elephant Factory: Graduation Ceremony.”

Eluphant was announced on the last day of 2005 and drew the attention of many fans. Since Eluphant was a project team, they didn’t always release albums as a duo, but they continued to work together with songs such as “Stupid Doctor” (from Minos’s 1st album) and “Make Music” (from Kebee’s 2nd album). But in 2006, Soul Company decided to regroup the duo as a formal group.


Eluphant’s Official Debut and Albums Through the Years


Eluphant released their first album Eluphant Bakery on March 31st, 2006, with the title track “The Happy End of the Elephant Factory: Graduation.” The songs and albums offer a unique take on hip-hop since they have this emotional hip-hop feel that is difficult to see in existing hip-hop albums. Their work was very well received.

At first, the group started out as a project team and then took root as a formal team, and then they steadily released songs that raised emotional feelings through delicate storytelling.

They then made their first comeback through a single-album, You Are Still Beautiful, in 2011 as the pre-release single of their 2nd album. This single contains four of the songs from the 2nd album, 1500 on CD. It was also sold on a limited number basis.

On June 9th, 2011, they finally released their second album, Man On The Earth. The album still has a good reputation for portraying their story as an adult who lives young like a boy. After the disbandment of Soul Company, there was a concern that the team would be disbanded, but then Kebee made a new label called the Standard Music Group, and both Kebee and Minos continued to work in the Standard Music Group.

In 2012, when Kebee enlisted in the military, he released Apollo, a mini-album that consisted of unreleased songs. According to the album introduction, the reason the title is Apollo is that it is an album that connected Eluphant’s 2nd album Man On The Earth, and their third and upcoming album, Man On The Moon. After Kebee completed his military service in 2013, he released his solo album (4th album), and soon after, Standard Music Group stopped operating.

Finally, in 2015, both Kebee and Minos started anew and signed contracts under Brand New Music. They released their full-length album Man On The Moon on July 8th, 2015, which drew good reviews from listeners.


2020 Release ft. Other Brand New Music Artists


In 2020, Eluphant released a brand new MV titled “1 Year” with a few Brand New Music artists such as Hanhae, Kanto, Yenjamin, Rudals, and GREE. The song is about the reflection of what happens in the past year and the future plans for the upcoming year. The song is written by Nomad and Kebee.

Check out their masterpiece song below!

So, those are all the things you need to know regarding the emotional hip-hop group Eluphant! What do you think about this group? Listen to their songs and share your thoughts with us in the comment section below!