Epik High 'Rosario': Release date, concept and all you need to know about K-pop trio's single featuring Zico and mystery artiste

If we're taking hints from the teaser, it looks like 'Rosario' will adopt cinematic themes from mystery thriller films or horror


                            Epik High 'Rosario': Release date, concept and all you need to know about K-pop trio's single featuring Zico and mystery artiste
Epik High and Zico (Getty Images)

Big news for Epik High fans. The South Korean alt hip-hop group are back with a new single dropping this month. Titled 'Rosario', the upcoming song will see Epik High, rapper Zico (Block B frontman) and a mystery guest teaming up for the collaborative single. Here's all you need to know about 'Rosario'.

Release date

According to a new teaser video on Tik-Tok, the upcoming song is scheduled for a release on January 18 at 6 pm KST / 4 am EST.

Concept

If we're taking hints from the teaser, it looks like 'Rosario' will adopt cinematic themes from mystery thriller films or horror. To add to the cryptic nature of the promotional clip, Epik High members (Tablo, Mithra Jin, DJ Tukutz) and Zico appear one after the other, fading from darkness into a large frame that resembles portraits from a classical era.

Tablo first appears with a gun in his hand and bloodstains on his shirt, then Mithra with a shovel, Tukutz wearing sunglasses and shoeless, Zico holding a bag and finally an empty seat where the mystery collaborator is teased. There is no music featured in the 40-second video other than static from an old radio and tolling church bells.

Epik High is set for a highly-anticipated comeback this month and they have revealed some details about their upcoming tenth studio album which features 'Rosario'. Tablo took to his social media on December 29 to share the album's title, 'Epik High Is Here'. 

"Missed u all. Epik High’s 10th studio album 'Epik High Is Here'," he wrote for the caption of a video on Instagram which reveals that the LP comes in two parts, the first of which holds 10 songs. Part 1 will release the same time and date as 'Rosario', on January 18 at 6 pm KST / 4 am EST.



 

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Who are Epik High and Zico

Both Epik High and Zico are from South Korea. Epik High is frequently known for blending a variety of genres and different styles of hip-hop throughout their career, as well as for their presentation of diverse lyrical themes. A trio who have won several music awards in Korea and the first Korean act to play at Coachella, Epik High have received international acclaim. Some of their most popular songs include 'Happen Ending', 'Don't Hate Me', 'Lovedrunk' and more.

Although Zico is commonly popularized as the leader for the boy band Block B, he also has a prominent solo career. The 28-year-old rapper, singer-songwriter is notable for his crossover skills within the Korean hip-hop scene and who has maintained an underground reputation along with mainstream appeal as a Korean idol. Additionally, Zico's resume includes record producing for both K-pop and Korean hip hop music.

If you've heard of the R&B/hip-hop group Fanxy Child, Zico is also a member and formed the group 2016. Zico released his debut studio album 'Thinking' in 2019.

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