Urban Zakapa (Hangul:어반자카파) is a South Korean R&B singer-songwriter group formed in 2009 by Fluxus Music. Originally a 9-member group, in 2012 they became a trio, consisting of Park Yong-in, Jo Hyun-a and Kwon Sun-il. The group's name is an acronym for Urban+Zappy+Kaleidoscopic+Passionate.
Originally the group debuted in 2009 as a nine-piece with four vocalists and five instrumentalists with the song "Café Latte (커피를 마시고)", now there are only three vocalists because of different opinions of their music. Kwon Sun-il and his childhood friends, Jo Hyun-a and Park Yong-in write, compose and produce all of their own music.
Kwon won 1st place (singer) at S.M. Entertainment's first SM Youth Best contest and was a former SM Entertainment trainee with Super Junior and TVXQ. Park was part of the Korean R&B/Soul group Bluewind Soul with Han Won-jong, SG Wannabe's Lee Suk-hoon and others. Jo, the only female member of the group, was the vocalist of the hip-hop crew Overclass.
After releasing their first two EPs (Coffee, Sweety You) in 2009, the group released their first studio album titled 01 in 2011. In the same year, they released the single "Just A Feeling" which debuted at #59 on the Gaon Singles Chart and on December 6, they also released "Snowing" which debuted at #32.
Their third EP, Beautiful Day was released on April 3, 2012, and marks as the group's first album as a trio. "Beautiful Day" debuted at #41 on the charts. Months later, the group released their second studio album on October 30, titled 02. "I Hate You (니가 싫어)" was released on September 5 as a single and debuted at #10 on the charts, but was re-released with the album as its lead single. The album also had two other pre-released tracks, "River" and "All the Same (똑같은 사랑 똑같은 이별)". Both songs charted. 02 topped the Gaon Album Chart in its first week, and in January 2013, the album was nominated for Best R&B and Soul album at the 10th Korean Music Awards. "I Hate You (니가 싫어)" also earned the group two nominations at the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards, one for Song of the Year and another for Best Vocal Performance by a Group.
On February 12, 2013, Park and Kwon sang "Love Afternoon (사랑오후)" for the soundtrack of the KBS2 drama, Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek. In April, the group also released "Just a Little Bit (그냥 조금)" for the soundtrack of the tvN drama, Nine: Nine Time Travels. On December 3, the group released their 3rd studio album, 03. The album debuted at #11 on the Gaon Album Chart while its lead single, "Walk Backwards (거꾸로 걷는다)" debuted at #8 on the Gaon Singles Chart when it was released on October 23.
In 2014, Urban Zakapa made a comeback with the single "Like a Bird" on May 18. Park and Kwon also collaborated with SISTAR's Soyou for the single "The Space Between (틈)". The song was released on September 26 and a day after, it was certified an all-kill by Instiz, topping both the daily and real time charts of all South Korean music portals. It debuted at #3 on the Gaon Singles Chart. On November 4, the group released their fourth album, 04, with the lead single, "Consolation" which also had its music video uploaded on the same day of the album's release. Urban Zakapa held their concert tour, Winter from November 22 until the end of 2014 in Seoul, Incheon, Daegu, Busan, Kwangju, Changwon, Seongnam, and Suwon.
On May 12, 2015, the group released the song "A Different You" for the OST of Let's Eat. On May 18, it was announced that Urban Zakapa were working on a mini album with rapper Beenzino. Their fourth extended play overall, UZ was released on May 28 with 5 tracks, including two singles, "Two One Two" and "Get (feat. Beenzino)" which was pre-released on May 22. "Get" debuted at #56 on the Gaon Singles Chart.
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