Get to know Monsta X

With 3 Korean albums, 1 English album, 7 EPs and 3 world tours, Monsta X are officially taking over.

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With 3 Korean albums, 1 English album, 7 EPs and 3 world tours, Monsta X are officially taking over.

Thanks to catchy tracks like “Shine Forever” “Dramarama” and “Jealousy”, collaborations with international artists like Steve Aoki and French Montana, this K-Pop boy group have already amassed a huge following all across the world. We think it’s time to get to know more about your next bias wrecker.

Monsta X (몬스타엑스) was formed as the result of a survival show called “No.Mercy”, by Starship Entertainment and Mnet in December 2014. The group’s name, “Monsta X”, contains the double meaning of “Monsters conquering the K-pop scene” and “My star” (Mon as “My” in French). The X symbolises an unknown existence.

Monsta X fans are called “Monbebe”. The fandom name Monbebe is in French, “Mon” meaning ‘my’ & “Bebe” meaning ‘baby’.

Monsta X made their debut as a seven-piece on May 14, 2015 with the EP “Trespass”. Shownu, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Joohoney, I.M and Wonho immediately showed a unique character with the edgy leading track “Trespass”.

For the EP “Trespass”, Monsta X showed that the group is not just the result of another survival show by taking part in the EP production. Rapper Jooheon was the most involved in the album production, composing several tracks, including “One Love” “Steal Your Heart” and “Blue Moon”. Rapper I.M was also involved in the rap making of several songs. Kihyun and Wonho also contributed song lyrics for the album.


On September 1 of the same year, Monsta X made a comeback with their second EP “Rush”. The title track “Rush” represents the signature style of Monsta X. For this EP, they collaborated with renowned rappers and producers like Giriboy, Mad Clown, Crybaby and Rhymer.

Since 2016, Monsta X were more than ready to start conquering the world. Their third EP, “The Clan Pt. 1 Lost” (released on May 18, 2016) debuted #5 on Billboard’s World Albums Chart and stayed there for two consecutive weeks.

The EP is part of a large-scale project called “The Clan”, composed of two and a half parts: “The Clan Pt. 2 Guilty” (released on October 4, 2016) while in March 2017 Monsta X released their first studio album and the final part of “The Clan” series titled “The Clan Pt. 2.5: The Final Chapter” with the title track “Beautiful”. The album debuted #1 on Billboard’s World Albums Chart. The title track “Beautiful” debuted #4 on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales Chart.

A repackaged version of “The Clan Pt. 2.5: The Final Chapter” called “Shine Forever“, featuring new songs “Shine Forever” and “Gravity”. With songs “All In”, “Fighter”, “Beautiful” and “Shine Forever”, Monsta X confirmed they are a group with power, intensity and an endless well of talent. Striking listeners with their distinct colour and musical signature.

Following their fifth and sixth EPs “The Code” (November 7, 2017) and “The Connect: Dejavu” (March 26, 2018), Monsta X released their second full album “Take.1 Are You There?” on October 22, 2018. 

Packed with themes of “light and darkness, good and evil, life and death, and everything on the border”, Monsta X deliver solid tracks, experimenting with new sounds all while maintaining their natural flavour.

The third studio album “Take.2 We Are Here” along its lead single “Alligator” arrived on February 2019. With this release, Monsta X compiled precious gems from their past and shared new and improved tracks to their precious listeners, further developing their music while maintaining their signature vibe. We can surely say that this comeback was a success.

Their consistent development in music and the desire of international expansion brought Monsta X to release new English songs during 2019: “Who Do U Love?” featuring French Montana, “Love U”, a remix version of “Who Do U Love?” by will.i.am. and “Middle Of The Night”.

The end of 2019 saw Monsta X in a turmoil of events. From releasing their seventh EP “Follow: Find You” – with the lead singles “Find You” and “Follow”, to sadly saying goodbye to one of the members, Wonho. On October 31, Starship Entertainment released a statement announcing that Wonho would be departing following allegations. Fans have since shown their support for both Wonho and the group, expressing their disapproval and requesting Starship that he be reinstated back into the group.

As today, Monsta X are:

Shownu (셔누), leader, main dancer, lead vocalist. He participates in creating most of Monsta X’s choreographies.

Minhyuk (민혁), vocalist, visual, face of the group. He’s the mood-maker of the group, lightening up the atmosphere with his jokes and funny personality.

Kihyun (기현), main vocalist. He likes composing songs and writing lyrics.

Hyungwon (형원), lead dancer, vocalist, visual. Before joining Monsta X, Hyung Won was a popular model.

Joohoney (previously Jooheon) (주헌), main rapper, vocalist. In addition to writing lyrics and song production, he wants to also take part in creating the album jacket and music video.

I.M (아이엠), lead rapper, vocalist, maknae. He writes a lot of the songs lyrics with Joohoney.

Wonho (원호), lead vocalist and visual. Likes to study song production and he’s a former ulzzang.

With talent, charms, good looks and even better dancing skills, who knows what they hold for us in the future?

23 Comments
  1. elle trap says

    They’re so damn handsome, it’s unfair…

  2. Mellanie says

    This will be our yeqar. Saranghaeda MONSTA X

  3. joan grace says

    monsta x world domination! PERIODTH.

  4. Kermit says

    I’m so proud of their growth

  5. Monbebe says

    And Wonho- he is a songwriter, producer and composer. He is also a visual. He has written many wonderful songs inspired by monbebe.
    Also I know they say the positions of the members but in reality all the members can sing, dance, and be visuals. Hyungwon can also rap (if you know you know) and he is also a DJ, he goes by DJ H.ONE please stream (My Name ft Jimmy Clash and Talksick). Minhyuk is more than the “mood maker” he does have a vibrant personality but don’t reduce him to just that. You can check out his mixtape “Ongshimi” ft Joohoney to have a very small glimpse of what his personality is like but you can also type “Minhyuk Cover” on YouTube (they are the first 2 videos) to experience his vocals that can be described as a beautiful sunny day and you are chilling eating your favorite ice cream and everything is okay . Shownu is the best leader ever, I will never shut up about the time he gave Hyungwon some of his lines in “Beautiful” so monbebe can hear his vocals. and recently he has been a source of strength for monbebe and Monsta X. Shownu has rich deep honey vocals you can listen to “Don’t Look Back” by PREP feat. Shownu & So!YoON! To listen to Shownu’s amazing vocals. He is also a very talented dancer you can find his dance cover of LA Girls on YouTube. Kihyun can cook and be the cutest human alive he has also been so strong these past months and is the Nation’s vocalist, listen to Lost in the Dream for proof. He also has a song with Joohoney, just type in “You and I” Kihyun and Jooheon” on YouTube. He also check out his Hueya cover from when he was a trainee. Jooheon is a fierce rapper on stage but a baby off stage. He has 2 cats and can also play the drums and rap at the same time you can watch his sbs kpop awards stage. Also stream his mix tape “Red Carpet” on YouTube. Jooheon is also a powerful performer (excuse his Charisma). I.M, monbebe call him Changkyun because his name is Changkyun. Underneath that cool suave exterior is baby maknae Changkyunie. He is a talented rapper , and most recently he has been doing more vocals and you can find them in all of their English releases like Middle of the Night on YouTube. He has also produced some b-sides for Monsta X, please listen to Mohae in the Are You There album and U R in Follow:Find You. stream his Mix Tape “Horizon” ft Elhae. Along with Jooheon, they are our baby line (they are the youngest in Monsta x) (Kpop best rappers) you can find fancams of their collab stages also recently Sambakja. And Wonho will always be a member of Monsta X. He did a 3 hour long live stream and always showed his genuine love for Monbebe. I will never stop fighting for him to return back to his brothers. Because that’s what stanning Monsta X feels like. It feels like being part of an amazing family (Monbebe). We are not perfect but at the end we come together and make amazing memories. Also check out Monsta X-ray and their Twotuckgom Reality/Variety Shows for top entertainment as the boys always make monbebe laugh because they are really funny guys. If you decide to stan in the words of Hyungwon “please love all 7 members”. They are really talented boys, Their tittle songs are amazing but their b-tracks are gems so please check them out. stanning them was the best decision I have ever made. Monsta X starts with Monbebe and ends with Monbebe. Our relationship with the boys is really close. We really are a family.

  6. Michaela says

    Monsta X are awesome !

  7. Kiki says

    Kings! Monsta X world domination 2020 MMXX!

  8. bebepaige says

    Yes, as of today but Wonho will be back! Thank you! MMXX=2020

  9. Kfish says

    Thank you for the article and acknowledging the amazing work the Monsta X has done over the years. I’m so proud of them. This will be your year guys!

  10. Rhonda says

    Monsta X began as 7 and will always be 7. While they still have so much talent with 6 members, they shine brighter with 7. Both MX and Monbebe miss Wonho. I hope he is back on stage with his brothers soon.

  11. Momo says

    Monsta X World Domination

  12. Heidy says

    Thank you for this article! Love the details and how it jumps into each era and all their successes. Monsta X will always be 7 & Monbebe truly hope Wonho will be back. The fight for his justice and return is alive and well! FIGHTING MONSTA X & MONBEBE!

  13. Heidy says

    Thank you for this article. Love the details and how it jumps into each era and all of their successes. Monsta X will always be 7 & Monbebe truly hope Wonho will be back. The fight for his justice and return is alive and well! FIGHTING MONSTA X & MONBEBE!

  14. Paulo Campelo says

    I Love Monsta X ❤️

  15. LiLi says

    Such a talented group, i will never regret to stan Monsta x

  16. Daisy says

    My favourites! I love MONSTA X!

  17. Almond says

    This was very well written ! Stan talent stan monsta x !!

  18. Blackangel says

    Wonho contributed some lyrics!!!???? Seriously!!!??? FYI he has written, composed and produced many songs for albums… #Polaroid #No reason #IDoLoveYou , new album’s #Mirror etc… And every song of his is a hit

  19. sam says

    so amazin!!! love my kings

  20. April says

    So proud of monsta X!!

  21. Szee says

    Thank you for recognizing our efforts. We hope everything we’ve been doing for the group, really pays off. The fruits of our labor.

  22. Geri says

    Great article! Monsta is 7 Forever.
    We ❤ & support Wonho! Bring back our bunny!

  23. Lin says

    Were. They were taking over, not anymore though. Not without Wonho.

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