Everything About the Hip-Hop Group Epik High: Debut, Discography, Collaborations, and Instagram.

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Epik High, the popular Hip-Hop Band

Epik High is a South Korean alternative hip-hop band that debuted in 2001. Epik High is known for having combined various genres and different styles of hip-hop in their music. Their unique sound and distinctive performances have always been able to draw public attention. Most of the songs of Epik High are meaningful for their fans and even their non-fans which is amazing in itself. Recently, Epik High haven’t made any stage comeback or performed in a show, which is not to say that they have completely gone off the grid. Even though all of the members of the band have already gotten married, they are still creating music and make stage comebacks. Epik High’s success story is a long one. They weren’t always as successful as they are today. Let’s find out more about the rise in the career of Epik High. 

 

Epik High’s Debut

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Epik High formed in 2001 and began their career in the underground hip-hop scene of Seoul. They performed with other Korean hip-hop bands, such as CB Mass and as part of the “Movement Crew”, one of the largest hip-hop crews, at the time, in South Korea. Epik High were unknown at the time, due to the general unpopularity of the genre among mainstream audiences and also the criticism for the ‘lyrically complex music’ which does not match with any of the K-Pop models, popular at the time. Their first performance was at Everland in 2002 with a small audience. Under Woollim Entertainment, Epik High released several albums until finally reaching success as a hip-hop band that started with their debut album from 2003, Map of the Human Soul.

 

Establishing the Label ‘Map the Soul’  

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Epik High established their independent record label Map The Soul in early 2009. There were several artists under Map The Soul. Other than Epik High themselves, there were MYK, Planet Shiver and Dok2. Together, they released a special album on March 27th, 2009 titled 魂: Map the Soul, which consists of 10 songs.

They toured Japan and performed at Melon AX, Seoul with Kero One and MYK. Epik High also performed in various cities in the US along with Dumbfoundead, Kero One, MYK, and Far East Movement.

Epik High and Planet Shiver released the remix album of the previous album with the title Remixing The Human Soul, on July 22nd, 2009, including many new songs and a new title track Fly Higher.

Under Map The Soul record label, Epik High released their 6th album as the last album under the label on September 16th, 2009. With the album titled [e] released as a studio album, a South Korean tour followed that started on September 19th, 2009.

 

Moving to YG Entertainment

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As the only foreigner member in Epik High, Tablo signed a 4-year contract with YG Entertainment to promote his group, but also as an individual due to DJ Tukutz’s and Mithra Jin’s military enlistment. After a long hiatus as a band, Epik High made a comeback on July 12th, 2012, under YG Entertainment. They released the first single under YG Entertainment “It’s Cold,” on October 9th, 2012, featuring female solo artist, Lee Hi. The single was a grat success and topped many music charts at the time.

After spending 6 years as artists under YG Entertainment, Epik High decided to part ways with YG Entertainment which brought them a lot of support from their fans, both from Korea and worldwide, mainly due to the many controversies surrounding YG Entertainment at the time. However, during an interview, they stated that the reason for their departure is the expiration of their contract and their decision to pursue music under an independent company like before to focus more on their music color.

 

Discography

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2003 – Map of the Human Soul

Map of the Human Soul is Epik High’s debut album under Woollim Entertainment and CJ Music, released on October 21st, 2003. The album consists of 15 songs with a lot of collaborations with many artists, such as Lyn, TBNY, Dynamic Duo and many more.

Epik High Map of the Human Soul
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1 GO
2 풍파 (feat 한상원)
3 I Remember (feat Kensie)
4 하늘에게 물어봐 (feat Dynamic Duo)
5 10년 뒤에 (feat Leeds) / Dear ME
6 Lesson One (Tablo’s word)
7 그녀가 불쌍해 (featuring Lyn)
8 Street Lovin’ (featuring Joo Suc)
9 Love Song (featuring 박성웅)
10 고독 恨 사랑 (Mithra’s Word)
11 Free Love
12 Get High
13 유서 (featuring TBNY)
14 막을내리며 (Dedication)
15 [Hidden Track] Watch Ya Self (featuring 디기리, Yankie, Double K)

 

2004 – High Society

High Society is Epik High’s 2nd studio album under Woollim Entertainment and CJ Music, released on July 25th, 2004. The album consists of 18 songs with a lot of collaborations with many artists, such as Eun Ji-won, Kim Yeon-woo, Dynamic Duo and many more. Additionally, there is a bonus track in the album, which is the remix version of the song I Remember.

Epik High High Society 
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1 신사들의 산책 (Good Morning)
2 High Skool
3 평화의 날 (Day of Peace)
4 The Sunrise Interlude
5 Lesson 2 (The Sunset)
6 My Ghetto (feat Kim Yeon-woo)
7 The Basics (feat Unknowndjs)
8 신사들의 절약정신 (Good Afternoon)
9 Lady (타이틀곡)
10 피해망상 Part 3 (feat TBNY)
11 11월1일 (feat Kim Jae Suk of WANTED) (November 1st)
12 뚜뚜루
13 혼자라도 (featu Clazziquai)
14 Daydream (사직서)
15 Open M.I.C. (feat Eun Ji Won, TBNY, Tweak and Dynamic Duo)
16 뒷담화
17 신사들의 몰락 (Good Evening)
18 [Bonus] I Remember (70s Soul Remix) (feat Asoto Union and Kensie)

 

2005 – Swan Songs

Swan Songs is Epik High’s 3rd studio album under Woollim Entertainment and CJ Music, released on October 5th, 2005. The album consists of 16 songs including the bonus track “Elements.” The album Swan Songs is the first album that succeeded in getting praised by the mainstream Korean public ever since their debut. The album was number one on numerous charts and swept the year-end hip-hop awards. Two songs from the album, “Fly” and “Paris” were popular worldwide, especially “Fly” that was featured in the soundtrack of the video game FIFA 07.

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1 Innisfree (Intro)
2 Yesterday (feat 고영준 of Brown Eyed Soul)
3 Lesson 3 (MC)
4 Fly (feat Amin. J of Soulciety)
5 Funkdamental (feat UnknownDJs)
6 그녀는 몰라 (feat MYK)
7 Ride (feat L. Wan)
8 이별, 만남… 그 중점에서 (feat Alex of Clazziquai)
9 The Epikurean (Intermission)
10 Paris (feat Jisun of Loveholic)
11 Let It Rain (feat 김종완 of Nell)
12 도시가 눈을 감지 않는 이유 (feat 이정, Infinite Flow)
13 Follow the Flow (feat MYK, D-Tox)
14 Swan Song (feat TBNY)
15 Goodbye (Outro)
16 [Bonus] Elements (feat DJ Wreckx and MYK)

 

2006 – Black Swan Songs

Black Swan Songs is Epik High’s 1st repackage album that was released on February 13th, 2006, under Woollim Entertainment and CJ Music. The album consists of 2 CDs: the first CD contains songs from the album Swan Songs, while the second CD contains a lot of remix songs from their previous albums.

Epik High Black Swan Songs 
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1 사진첩 (Photo Album)
2 Paris (정재일’s Black Swan Remix) (feat Jisun of Loveholic)
3 Lesson 3 (Street T’s Street Cred Remix) (feat MC Meta)
4 Swan Songs (Pe2ny’s Sweet Music Remix) (feat TBNY)
5 Lesson 1 (Supreme T’s Ghetto Child Remix)
6 Follow The Flow (Street’s Diamond Remix) (feat Tiger JK)
7 Lesson 2 (Instrumental)
8 Fly (Instrumental)
9 [Hidden Track] Innisfree Remix

 

2007 – Remapping the Human Soul

Remapping the Human Soul is the 4th studio album that was released on January 23rd, 2007, under Woollim Entertainment and CJ Music. The album consists of 2 CDs comprising a total of 27 songs. The album became the country’s third best selling album of 2007 and won several award achievements at award shows. Due to the album’s controversial subject matter, the album had its sales age-restricted and had several songs banned from South Korean radio stations.

Epik High Remapping The Human Soul CD 1
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1 The End Times (Opening)
2 白夜 (White Night)
3 알고보니 (Come To Find Out) (feat. Jinbo)
4 실어증 (Aphasia) (feat Paloalto)
5 Mr. Doctor (feat Yankie)
6 Runaway (Mithra’s Word)
7 Exile (Halftime)
8 Still Life (feat Jinbo, The Quiett, Kebee, TBNY, MC Meta)
9 피해망상 Pt. 1 (Disturbing Pt. 1) (feat Junggigo)
10 희생양” (Scapegoat) (feat Sweet Sorrow)
11 Nocturne (Tablo’s Word)
12 (Soul)
13 In Peace (Closing)

Epik High Remapping The Human Soul CD 2
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1 Slave Song (Overture)
2 Flow (feat Emi Hinouchi)
3 Love/Crime (Fan Prelude)
4 Fan
5 거미줄 (feat. Itta)
6 선곡표 (feat. DJ Zio)
7 중독 (Poison) (feat. Wanted)
8 Underground Railroad – (Intermission)
9 FAQ
10 Love Love Love (feat Yoong Jin of Casker)
11 Girl Rock (feat Jiae)
12 Broken Toys (feat Infinite Flow)
13 행복합니다 (I Am Happy) (feat. Kim Jong-wan of Nell)
14 Public Execution (Finale)

 

2008 – Pieces, Part One

Pieces, Part One is Epik High’s 5th studio album that was released on April 17th, 2008, under Woollim Entertainment and CJ Music. The album consists of 18 songs including 2 B-side tracks. Just like in any other Epik High album, Epik High collaborated with several artists, some of them are Loveholic Jisun, Younha, Na Yoon-kwon, and Dynamic Duo.

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1 Be
2 Breakdown
3 Seoul, 1:13 AM
4 One (feat Jisun of Loveholic)
5 Pencil Sharpener (Yeonpilkkakki) (feat Kebee)
6 Girl (feat Jinbo)
7 [Short Piece] Slave (feat David Lee)
8 The Future (feat Yankie of TBNY)
9 [Short Piece] 20 Fingers (DJ Friz)
10 Ignition (feat Na Yoon-kwon)
11 Eight by Eight (feat Dynamic Duo, Dok2, Double K, TBNY)
12 Décalcomanie (Mithra Jin solo)
13 [Short Piece] Icarus Walks
14 The Falling Flower (Nakhwa)
15 Umbrella (Usan) (feat Younha)
16 Your Pieces (Dangsinui jogakduel) (feat Jisun)
17 [B-Side 01] Breakdown (Supreme Mix)
18 [B-Side 02] One (Planet Shiver Remix)

(feat Jisun Loveholic, Planet Shiver, DJ Friz + Dh-Style)

 

2008 – Lovescream

Lovescream is Epik High’s 1st mini-album that was released on September 30th, 2008, under Woolim Entertainment. The album consists of 7 songs with the title track “1 minute 1 Second” feat Taru.

Epik High Lovescream 
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1 Butterfly Effect
2 Fallin’ (feat Jo Yejin of Lucite Tokki)
3 Harajuku Days
4 Habit (feat 하동균 of Wanted)
5 Shh
6 1 Minute 1 Second (feat Taru)
7 1825 (Paper Cranes)

 

2009 – [e]

[e] is Epik High’s 6th studio album that was released on September 16th, 2009, under the independent record label Map the Soul Inc. and Mnet Media. The album consists of 2 CDs, [e]motion and [e]nergy, with a total of 30 songs.

Epik High [e]motion CD
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1 Oceans. Sand. Trees
2 Slow Motion
3 Gift (fat Baek Ji-yoon)
4 No More Christmas
5 Maze (feat Dumbfoundead, MYK)
6 통기타 (Acoustic Guitar) (Skit)
7 Trot
8 Emologue
9 Excuses (feat MYK)
10 Moonwalker
11 Breathe (feat 한희정)
12 Happy Birthday to Me (feat 하동균)
13 Heaven (fat MYK)
14 Owls. Shadows. Tears.
15 [Bonus] Slow [e] Motion

 

Epik High [e]nergy CD
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1 Orchestras. Spotlights. Turntables (feat MYK)
2 Still Here (feat Dok2)
3 Sensitive Thug (Skit)
4 Wannabe (feat Mellow)
5 Rocksteady (feat Kero One, Dumbfoundead, MYK, Rakaa of Dilated Peoples)
6 Madonna (feat Mellow)
7 Malloman
8 Shopaholic
9 Supreme 100
10 High Technology
11 Rocksteady (Korean Version) (feat Paloalto, Dok2, Beatbox DG, Beenzino)
12 High Skool Dropout
13 Whitetip (feat MYK, YDG, Dok2)
14 Lesson 4
15 Organs. Screams. Televisions.

 

2010 – Epilogue

Epilogue is Epik High’s special album that was released on March 9th, 2010, under Woolim Entertainment, Mnet Media and the independent record label, Map The Soul Inc. It is called a special album because it was released without DJ Tukutz and consists of a collection of songs of unreleased tracks from Epik High’s 7 years of existence and 11 albums. Also, the album is the last one under Woolim Entertainment. A member of INFINITE appeared as a cameo in the music video of the song “Run.”

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1 Drawers
2 Run
3 Fool (feat Bumkey)
4 Wordkill
5 Blossom
6 Scales (feat Yankie)
7 Noise
8 Coffee (feat 성아)
9 Over
10 Forest

 

2012 – 99

99 is Epik High’s 7th studio album that was released on October 12th, 2012, under YG Entertainment. It is the first album under YG Entertainment. The album consists of 10 songs among which are several collaborations with other YG artists, such as 2NE1 Park Bom and Lee Hi. 99 has 3 title tracks which are “Up,” “It’s Cold,” and “Don’t Hate Me.”

Epik High 99 
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1 Up (feat Park Bom of 2NE1)
2 Don’t Hate Me
3 Wrong
4 It’s Cold (feat Lee Hi)
5 You Don’t Deserve Her (feat Gaeko of Dynamic Duo)
6 Get Out The Way
7 The Bad Guy
8 Ghost (Interlude)
9 Kill This Love
10 New Beautiful

 

2014 – Shoebox

Shoebox is Epik High’s 8th studio album that was released on October 21st, 2014, and its Japanese edition was released on December 24th, 2014, under YG Entertainment. The Japanese album has songs in a clean version. Shoebox has 3 title tracks, those as “Born Hater,” “Spoiler,” and “Happen Ending.”

Epik High Shoebox 
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1 Encore
2 Happen Ending (feat Cho Won-sun of Roller Coaster)
3 Rich (feat BIG BANG Taeyang)
4 Spoiler
5 Burj Khalifa (feat Yankie & Gaeka)
6 We Fight Ourselves (feat Younha)
7 Amor Fati (feat Kim Jong-wan of Nell)
8 Born Hater (feat Beenzino, Verbal Jint, B.I., Mino, Bobby)
9 Lesson 5 (Timeline)
10 Life is Good (feat Jay Park)
11 Eyes, Nose, Lips (feat BIG BANG Taeyang)
12 Shoebox (feat MYK)

 

2017 – We’ve Done Something Wonderful

We’ve Done Something Wonderful is Epik High’s 9th album that was released on October 23rd, 2017, under YG Entertainment. It is the last album under YG Entertainment. We’ve Done Something Wonderful consists of 11 songs including the 2 title tracks “Home is Far Away” and “Love [Story].”

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1 People Scare Me
2 Love [Story] (feat IU)
3 No Thanxxx (feat Mino, Simon Dominic & The Quiett)
4 Home is Far Away (feat Oh Hyuk)
5 Here Come the Regrets (feat Lee Hi)
6 The Benefits of Heartbreak (feat Lee Suhyun)
7 Bleed
8 Tape 2002/7/28
9 Us Against the World
10 Lost One (feat Kim Jong-wan)
11 Munbae-dong (feat Crush)