Who is Monsta X?


Monsta X (often stylized as MONSTA X) is a South Korean boy group formed by Starship Entertainment through the survival show No.Mercy on Mnet in 2015. The group debuted in May, 2015 with their first EP Trespass. In March 2017 Monsta X released their first studio album and final part of "The Clan" series, The Clan Pt. 2.5: The Final Chapter, which consist of their third and fourth extended play, The Clan Pt. 1 Lost and The Clan Pt. 2 Guilty, both released in 2016. In May 2017, Monsta X signed with Mercury Tokyo and debuted with the single "Hero" in Japan.

The group was formed as the result of a survival program called No.Mercy, which was launched by Starship Entertainment and Mnet in December 2014. For the show the participants worked directly with the artists of Starship Entertainment including Rhymer, San E, Giriboy and Nochang. For the concluding mission, nine of the remaining members had to form three groups of three and the final seven members of the group, Jooheon, Shownu, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Wonho, Minhyuk, and I.M, were determined on the last episode of the show. Member I.M was the only participant, who was added later to the show and ended up being chosen for the group. The group's name, "Monsta X", contains the double meaning of "monsters conquering the K-pop scene" and "my star" (Mon means "My" in French). The X symbolizes an unknown existence. Jooheon, Hyungwon, and I.M also released their song "Interstellar" on February 12, which was produced for the final mission by producer Yella Diamond.

Monsta X made their debut with the release of their first extended play, Trespass on May 14, 2015. The title song of the same name is produced by Rhymer and described as a "strong and edgy track that reflects Monsta X's unique character". Trespass includes seven different tracks, rapper Jooheon was the most involved member in the production of the album and composed several songs, including "One Love," "Steal Your Heart," and "Blue Moon". Monsta X's other rapper, I.M was also involved in the rap making of several songs. Kihyun and Wonho also contributed song lyrics for the album.


  • Shownu was born Sohn Hyun-woo on June 18, 1992 (age 25).
  • Wonho was born Shin Ho Seok on March 1, 1993 (age 24).
  • Minhyuk was born Lee Minhyuk on November 3, 1993 (age 23).
  • Kihyun was born Yoo Kihyun on November 22, 1993 (age 23).
  • Hyungwon was born Chae Hyungwon on January 15, 1994 (age 23).
  • Jooheon was born Lee Joo Heon on October 6, 1994 (age 22).
  • I.M was born Lim Chang Kyun on January 26, 1996 (age 21).

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