Mark


  • I. Introduction

    Mark Lee (Korean name: Lee Min-hyung; in Hangul: 이민형), known professionally as Mark (Hangul: 마크), is a Canadian singer, rapper and dancer. He is one of the main rappers and dancers in three NCT sub units, the permanent NCT 127 and the rotational NCT U and NCT Dream. All units sing primarily in Korean, as well as songs in English, Chinese and Japanese.


    II. 2013-2016: SM Rookies and pre-debut

    Mark was born on August 2, 1999 in Toronto, Canada. He was cast in the 2012 SM Global Audition in Vancouver, Canada, and introduced as a member of the pre-debut SM Rookies group on December 6, 2013. He began appearing with other members of SM Rookies in live performances and variety shows, including appearing on "The Mickey Mouse Club."


    III. 2016: NCT 127 and NCT Dream

    He made his first appearance in NCT on April 10, 2016, as part of NCT's rotating combination unit, NCT U. NCT U utilizes different members to match the song and its accompanying performance, as well as serving to debut new NCT members. Mark appeared as a rapper and dancer on "The 7th Sense."

    Mark appeared in the ongoing NCT reality show, NCT Life. In April-May 2016, he appeared in NCT Life in Bangkok, focusing on the members of SM Rookies and their journey to debut. As part of the show, he prepared for shows and appearances in Thailand with other members, including Hansol, Taeil, Johnny, Taeyong, Yuta, Doyoung, Ten, Jaehyun, Jeno, Haechan, Jaemin and Jisung.


    On June 30, 2016, it was announced that NCT would debut its first permanent sub-unit, NCT 127. Mark debuted with NCT 127 on the EP NCT #127 on July 10, 2016 as one of the main rappers, main dancers and a sub-vocalist. Mark's rap sets a big, bold tone for NCT's songs, usually balanced against the group's other main rapper, Taeyong, who has a faster, slurred delivery. NCT 127 has an edgier, hip hop-focused style with experimental textures and a heavy emphasis on dance.

    In July-August 2016, he appeared in the third season, NCT Life in Paju, with the other NCT 127 members planning and enjoying games and activities in Paju. Because he and fellow member Haechan were still minors, adjustments were often made and mentioned in shows to accommodate them.


    Mark joined the third NCT sub-unit, NCT Dream, which consisted of Renjun, Chenle and former SM Rookies Jeno, Haechan, Jaemin and Jisung. Dream debuted on August 24, 2016 with "Chewing Gum." NCT Dream was designed as a teenage boy group, with members graduating from the group once they reached adulthood (20 in Korean, 19 international age.) Mark is also the main rapper, main dancer and sub-vocalist in NCT Dream, as well as being the leader.


    NCT Dream has a brighter, sunnier pop sound than the other sub-units, although it has an equal emphasis on powerful and intricate dance choreography.


    Mark also featured on a song with Henry "Follow Through with Your Heart."


    IIII. 2017: Limitless, Cherry Bomb and The First

    NCT 127 released its second EP Limitless on January 4, 2017. Mark is listed as a songwriter here and for over 50 songs across the multiple NCT units, often around his raps. His rap style in both groups is bold, assertive and energetic.


    Mark also continued to appear on a number of variety and music shows, including a survival hip hop reality TV show High School Rapper and as MC on Show Music Core.


    NCT Dream released its first single album The First on February 9, 2017, featuring the previously released "Chewing Gum" as well as two new songs. In the same month, NCT Dream were also appointed as official ambassadors for the 2017 FIFA Under 20 World Cup and performed a special song, "Trigger the Fever," tied into the event.


    NCT 127 released its third EP Cherry Bomb on June 14, 2017. It made its first appearances in live shows in the U.S. throughout the summer.

    NCT Dream released its first EP, We Young on August 17, 2017. It also released a Christmas single "Joy" as part of SM's digital Station project.


    IIV. 2018: Empathy and first album

    Mark participated with NCT during the NCT 2018 project on March 14, 2018, featuring all NCT members, and debuting three new ones. This project also included the first NCT full album, NCT 2018 Empathy. He appears as a rapper on "Boss," the re-released "The 7th Sense" and "Black on Black", as well as the NCT 127 song "Touch" and NCT Dream song "Go."

    NCT 127 released its first Japanese EP Chain on May 23, 2018.


    On August 27, it was announced that the upcoming Dream EP, We Go Up, would be Mark's last, as he was graduating from NCT Dream due to his age. The EP launched on September 3, 2018.


    Mark also appeared in another season of NCT Life Hot & Young Seoul Trip - touring Seoul along with other foreign-born NCT members, including Johnny (USA), Kun (China), Winwin (China), Lucas (China) and Yuta (Japan).


    NCT 127 released its first full album Regular-Irregular on October 12, 2018, featuring a popular English version of its lead single, "Regular," that was utilized during the group's United States' based performances. The group also released a repackage Regulate on November 13, featuring the single "Simon Says."


    NCT Dream released Mark's final song, "Candle Light" on December 27, 2018. He continued to be a popular guest and member on variety shows.


    IV. 2019: First World Tour and SuperM

    In January 2019, NCT 127 began its first concert tour, Neo City - The Origin, with worldwide stops until May. For Mark, who had not been home in several years, the tour stop in his hometown of Toronto was particularly memorable and celebrated in NCT social content at the time.

    The group also released its first full-length Japanese album, Awaken. The group then increased its publicity in the United States ahead of the release of its fourth EP, We Are Superhuman, including appearing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. They also released an English version song "Highway to Heaven" of the Korean song on the EP and an accompanying video filmed in California. On October 24, 2019, 127 released a live album based on the Neo City concert tour: Neo City Seoul - The Origin.

    SM Entertainment and Capitol Music Group announced a "K-pop supergroup" formed of members of popular SM boy groups. Described as "the Avengers of K-pop," the group included Shinee's Taemin, EXO's Kai and Baekhyun, NCT 127's Taeyong, NCT 127 and NCT Dream's Mark, and WayV's Ten and Lucas. As a heavily dance-focused group featuring members recognized as some of the top dancers in k-pop, Mark is one of the main rappers, lead dancers and the maknae. Mark's propulsive raps in both English and Korean often lead off SuperM title tracks, balanced against fellow NCT 127 rapper Taeyong's spitfire ones and Baekhyun's soaring vocals.

    The group's promotional activity was heavily focused outside of Korea, notably in the United States. However, the group debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard charts on October 4 with its first EP SuperM.


    In addition to his activities with NCT 127, Mark continued to appear as a guest on variety shows, as well as within special performances. Mark appeared in the ninth season, NCT Life: Chuncheon and Hongcheon, with NCT 127 members touring parts of South Korea.


    IVI. 2020: Neo Zone and Super M Full Album

    NCT 127 released its second full album, Neo Zone, on March 6, 2020, as well as a repackage Neo Zone: The Final Round on May 19.

    SM announced in April that it was eliminating the graduation system in Dream and that the unit would become rotational.


    Mark participated in SuperM's reality show Mtopia with other SuperM members in the build-up to the release of their first album, as well as the reality show SuperM: As We Wish. SuperM's full album Super One was released in September 25, 2016, debuting at #2 on the U.S. Billboard charts. Additionally, SuperM participated in multiple live online events.

    Mark participated in the NCT 2020 project in October 2020, featuring all NCT members, and debuting two new ones. This project also included a 2-part NCT full album, NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1 and NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 2. He appears as a singer on NCT 127's song "Music, Dance," as well as a part of NCT U combination units on 3 songs: "90s Love," "Misfit" and "All About You." He also returned to NCT Dream for their single on the album "Deja Vu." He also features in the combination single "Resonance," which combines multiple songs, with his memorable intro. The entire project also appeared on NCT World 2.0, a competition-focused show.


    IVII. 2021: NCT 127, NCT Dream and SuperM promotions

    NCT 127 released its second Japanese release, Loveholic, in February 2021.


    SuperM launched a promotional single, "We Do" with Prudential.


    NCT Dream released its first full album, Hot Sauce, in May 2021. The album sold over 2 million copies, making NCT Dream the second artist to sell over 2 million copies of one album. He also appeared in two reality shows supporting the launch, 7Illin' in the Dream and Boys' Mental Training Camp 2.


    On June 4, NCT 127 released a digital single, "Save", a collaboration with the Korean hip hop label, Amoeba Culture.


    NCT Dream released a repackage of Hot Sauce, Hello Future, on June 28, which also became a million seller.


    NCT 127 released its third Korean studio album Sticker on September 17, 2021, which was also certified as a 2 million seller. Additionally, Mark appeared in a new season of NCT Life, NCT Life in Gapyeong and a new show, Analog Trip 2. In October, NCT 127 released a repackage of Sticker, Favorite.


    On November 3, NCT 127 released a digital single "Freeze" in collaboration with the video game Kartrider.


    On November 12, NCT 2021 was announced for a release date of Dec. 14 with all units participating.

    II. Discography

    Performer:


    Title Date MV
    "What To Do" with Henry - Sweet Stranger and Me OST 2016
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    "Drop" with Seulgi of Red Velvet 2017
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    "Young & Free" with Xiumin of EXO for SM Station 2017
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    "Lemonade Love" with Park Jae-jung for SM Station 2017
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    "My Dream" with Joy of Red Velvet 2018 -
    "Baby Only You" with Doyoung of 127 - the Tale of Nokdu 2019
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    "첫 눈 (EXO) / Mistletoe (Justin Bieber) - with Haechan (social media only) 2019
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    Songwriter/Producer:


    III. Videography


    IV. Trivia

    - His NCT emoji is a 🐯(cub)

    - Mark is the oldest member of NCT Dream and the second youngest in NCT 127.

    - Mark can play the guitar and the piano.

    - Mark is one of 2 native English speakers in NCT.

    - Mark is funny, enthusiastic and energetic and adored by the older and younger members.

    - Mark's excitable energy is often the source of many NCT catchphrases and quotes beloved by the fandom.

    - Neos love to play pranks on Mark due to his gullible nature. For example, at 1:15 his hyungs Johnny and Jaehyun are pranking him and he's falling for it. At 6 minutes, there's another popular Mark line that still gets referenced by the Neos and NCTzens.


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    - Mark is fluent in English and Korean, and speaks a little Japanese.

    - He was originally a vocalist as a trainee.

    - Mark's fans are called Maples or Markzens.

    - SM released a video using the audio from NCT's MAMA performance that captures the journey of the members through their career.


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    - NCT members participated in a NCT 24 Hour Relay Cam that gives a snapshot of their daily lives.

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