Zelo

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For Church Slavonic letter zelo, see Dze.
This is a Korean name; the family name is Choi.
Zelo
Zelo at Korea KPOP World Festival 2013.jpg
Zelo at the K-pop World Festival, 2013
Native name 최준홍
Born Choi Jun-hong
(1996-10-15) October 15, 1996 (age 20)
Mokpo, South Korea
Occupation Rapper
Musical career
Genres Hip-hop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2011–present
Labels TS Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Choe Jun-hong
McCune–Reischauer Ch'oe Chun-hong
Stage name
Hangul 젤로
Revised Romanization Jello
McCune–Reischauer Chello

Choi Jun-hong (Hangul: 최준홍; born October 15, 1996) better known by his stage name Zelo, is a South Korean rapper, dancer, singer and beatboxer. He is best known as a member of the South Korean boy group B.A.P. He made his recording debut with the single "Never Give Up" under B.A.P's sub-unit Bang&Zelo in November 2011. He is currently signed under TS Entertainment.

Biography[edit]

1996–2013: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Zelo was born on October 15, 1996 in Mokpo, South Korea.[1][2] He has one older brother.[3] He aspired to be a soccer player when he was young, but then changed his dreams to becoming a singer as he chanced upon music and grew interested in it.[4] He started practising beatboxing and dancing at home.[4] In 5th grade, Zelo was introduced by an acquaintance who recognized his talent to Joy Dance - Plug In Music Academy located in Gwangju, which is a well-known music academy as Big Bang's Seungri had attended it. He is a former YG Entertainment trainee.[citation needed] He auditioned for several recording companies but did not succeed generally because he was too young. He was finally accepted as a trainee at TS Entertainment.[3] He graduated from Seoul School of Performing Arts in 2015.[5]

2011–Present: "Never Give Up" and B.A.P debut[edit]

Main article: B.A.P (band)

Zelo serves as the lead rapper, dancer, as well as being the youngest member of the group.[6]

Artistry and influences[edit]

Zelo is the lead rapper of the group.[7] Zelo cites will.i.am and Kanye West as his role models.[8] He also named 50 Cent and other rappers as his musical influences.[9]

Discography[edit]

For Zelo's work with B.A.P, see B.A.P's discography.

Bang Yongguk & Zelo[edit]

Digital Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
KOR
Gaon

[10]

2011 "Never Give Up" 65 Digital single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Special Feature with Song Jieun[edit]

Zelo was featured in a track on labelmate Song Jieun's 2013 digital single album, Hope Torture. Zelo and Jieun performed their collaborative track, "Vintage" during a showcase for the album on September 30, 2013.[11]

Collaborative Single with DPR Crew's V-Hawk[edit]

On March 9, 2015, V-Hawk of DPR Crew released "R(x)PLAY", a free single featuring Zelo. "R(x)PLAY" was Zelo's first independently-produced track and arguably the first track of his professional career that could solely be categorized as belonging to the rap genre.

Solo Track "No-Title"[edit]

Not long after the release of "R(x)PLAY", Zelo announced via Twitter on March 26, 2015 that he would soon release an independently-produced solo track that he had worked on while on hiatus in Canada earlier in the year.[12] Zelo had previously alluded to solo work via his Instagram account at the end of 2014, when he posted a photo of himself and members of the Toronto-based production company Soundsmith Productions.[13] His solo track, entitled "No-Title", was released by Zelo via a SoundCloud account on May 21, 2015. "No-Title" was Zelo's first self-composed track, for which he wrote both the melody and lyrics.[14] It was produced by Soundsmith Productions and mixed by Sunny Diamonds as credited on Zelo's SoundCloud.

Filmography[edit]

Reality/Variety shows[edit]

Year Show Network Notes
2012 Ta-dah It's B.A.P SBS MTV Cast
B.A.P's Killing Camp Mnet Cast
2016 Idol Battle Likes KBS Guest with B.A.P, Ep. 2

Music shows[edit]

Year Network Title Role Notes
2012 Mnet M! Countdown Guest MC With B.A.P, RT M! Countdown (2012-02-23)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "INFO (B.A.P Hot Debut Story) Zelo ① & ② the 'country boy from Mokpo' who wanted to become a soccer player!". DKPOPNEWS. Daily K-pop News. November 23, 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ Bak Geon-Uk (2012-05-29). "B.A.P 핫데뷔일기, "젤로① "B.A.P 안됐다면? 축구선수 됐을 것"". Herald M News (in Korean). Herald Corporation. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  3. ^ a b Hwang Yo-Jin (2012-03-09). "(INTERVIEW) B.A.P Zelo, Jong-up". 10asia. 10아시아. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  4. ^ a b 박, 건욱 (29 May 2012). "[B.A.P 핫데뷔일기]젤로① "B.A.P 안됐다면? 축구선수 됐을 것"" [[B.A.P Hot Debut Story] Zelo ① “If I didn’t become a member of B.A.P? Then I think I would have become a soccer player”] (in Korean). Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Lee, Ji Sook (11 February 2015). "A Pink′s Ha Young, Red Velvet′s Joy, B.A.P′s Zelo and More Graduate from High School". Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Zelo's Profile". it's bap. 22 January 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Artist Search - B.A.P, Profile". KBS World. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  8. ^ Hwang Hyo-Jin (2012-03-07). "B.A.P - My name is 젤로, 종업". 10asia News (in Korean). 10asiae. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  9. ^ "Exclusive interview with Bang & Zelo!". Daily Kpop News. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Gaon chart search". Gaon. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCdymhbwt48
  12. ^ https://twitter.com/ZELO96/status/581169863550357504
  13. ^ https://instagram.com/p/xRux18OX2U/
  14. ^ https://soundcloud.com/zelo96-4/no-title

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