Artist of the Week: Zico

Here is the Artist of the Week! Posted on Wednesdays as something to get you through the rest of the week~

This week’s artist is…


Zico, born September 14, 1992,  is the leader of Block B. His real name is Woo Jiho. In Japan they added “-co” to the end of Jiho… and that’s where his stage name came from.

You see, Zico lived in Japan for awhile, (as well as Canada and China). While he was there, he performed as an underground rapper with the name Nakseo, (which means “Scribble/Graffiti”), with Dope Squad and Undisputed. It lasted three years until he got together with Park Kyung – who was then known as Holke – and they created the duo Harmonics. Harmonics released a Korean single in 2009 called “The Letter”.

Cho PD, who created Block B, heard “The Letter” and recruited Zico, (along with Park Kyung), into his company, Brand New Stardom. It was then that Zico became known as Zico and he released a mixtape called “ZICO on the BLOCK”.

About a year after that, Block B debuted with Zico as the leader, since he had the most experience in the music scene.

In 2011, Zico became the first “idol” rapper to be nominated into the Korean “Hip Hop Playa Awards“. Voting ends Febuary 5th, 2012.

Interestingly, Zico has a real sibling in the Kpop scene. His older brother Taewoon was actually supposed to be a part of Block B, but he moved on to another company and debuted in the group Co-Ed instead at the suggestion of Block B creator, Cho PD.

Zico’s big brother, Taewoon.


  • There’s a rumor going around that Zico used to be a SM Entertainment trainee, but he himself said it wasn’t true. He did go through some screenings/auditions, but was never actually a true trainee.
  • He used to have dreadlocks even though he was an “idol” because he liked how it made him stand out from the crowd. However, he had problems such as lice and sores on his scalp, so he decided to get rid of them.



7 thoughts on “Artist of the Week: Zico

    • I think he’s going to be really successful because not only does he have natural musical talent, but he’s a really hard worker as well :D I’ve watched some behind-the-scenes footage and yeah, he can be pretty playful and silly, but when he starts working, he gets really serious about it.

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