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

1996–2013: Early life and career beginnings

Zelo was born on October 15, 1996 in Mokpo, South Korea. He has one older brother. He aspired to be a soccer player when he was young, but then changed his dreams to fitting a singer as he chanced upon music and grew interested in it. He started practising beatboxing and dancing at home. In fifth grade, Zelo was introduced by an acquaintance who recognised 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. He auditioned for several recording companies but didn't succeed generally because he was too young. He was finally accepted as a trainee at TS Entertainment. He graduated from Seoul School of Performing Arts in 2015.

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

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

Artistry and influences

Zelo is the lead rapper of the group. Zelo cites will.i.am and Kanye West as his role models. He additionally named 50 Cent and additional rappers as his musical influences.

Discography

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

Bang Yongguk & Zelo

Digital Singles

YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum
KOR
Gaon

2011"Never Give Up"65Digital single
"—" denotes releases that didn't chart or weren't released in that region.

Special Feature with Song Jieun

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" throughout a showcase for the album on September 30, 2013.

Collaborative Single with DPR Crew's V-Hawk

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 categorised as belonging to the rap genre.

Solo Track "No-Title"

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. 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. 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. It was produced by Soundsmith Productions and mixed by Sunny Diamonds as credited on Zelo's SoundCloud.

Filmography

Television series

YearNetworkShowRoleNotes
2012SBS MTVTa-dah It's B.A.PRobot ZeloRegular cast
MnetB.A.P's Killing CampHimselfRegular cast

Music shows

YearNetworkTitleRoleNotes
2012MnetM! CountdownGuest MCWith B.A.P, RT M! Countdown (2012-02-23)