Epik High, consisting of Tablo, Mithra Jin, and DJ Tukutz, began their musical journey together in 2003 with Woollim Entertainment, releasing several successful albums. Their efforts helped make the hip hop genre more popular in Korea. In 2009, the members of Epik High created their own music label, Map the Soul Inc. The group took a hiatus as the members took their turns enlisting for Korea’s mandatory military service. During this time, Tablo continued with a solo career. In 2012, the group signed with YG Entertainment for their comeback to the music scene.