Epik High is a South Korean indie hip hop group from Seoul, Korea. The group is consists of Tablo, Mithra Jin and DJ Tukutz. The group was currently in hiatus since 2009 because of member DJ Tukutz being called in mandatory military service and another member Mithra Jin was also enlisted to the military and are expected to beback on the year 2012.
Epik Highâ€™s seventh work is kind of a book album that is entitled, Map the Soul and was released on the 27th of March, 2009. The said book album was very much independent without going under any major label. It was distributed exclusively on the groupâ€™s website, MaptheSoul.com.Â YouTube videos had shown Epik High’s progress as they had recorded and created the book album with the help of other artists like MYK, Kero One and Beatbox DG respectively. Member Tablo has specifically stated that the Map of the Soul is not considered as the official 6th album but instead it is just one of their special projects. To followed up their first release under the independent label and as well as for them to interact with fans, they had decided to tour various cities in United States such as New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle respectively alongside with some artists, Kero One, MYK, and Far East Movement in May 2009.
On the 22nd of July, 2009, Epik High and the electronic group they had scouted, Planet Shiver had joined forces and released an album with re-recorded, remixed and remastered versions of the various Epik Highâ€™s past hit songs that is titled, Remixing The Human Soul.
On August 14, 2009, the group member Tablo had revealed on his blog that they are working on their new album called [e]. After a month of that, on September 16, 2009, the group had released their 6th official album, â€œ(e)â€. The said album consists of 30 tracks in 2CDs and a 74 page mini book that contains the interviews of each member alongside with their clipped picture. Their Korean Tour had begun on the 19th of September just after the release of their album. The first singe for their album was â€œwannabeâ€ that feature mellow, and is a kind of electronic pop song which are much different with the current k-pop trends.
On the 15th of October, 2009, DJ Tukutz had left the group for his mandatory military for two years. However, in a video announcement from Tablo, there are new songs that the group will be going to release and was entitled, Epilogue.Â Â The said album was released soon after on 9th of March.
Epik High had the created their new album with a new song, Run where they had show a totally new image of what they were before. The new album contains lesser number of songs than the last one, but it has their dedication and they thank you for everyone who are supporting them, as they still wait for the comeback of member DJ Tukutz.