Mark Lee’s Appearance On Mnet’s ‘High School Rapper’: His Dilemma Between Being a Rapper and an NCT Member


A Little Information about NCT’s Mark

Hello, readers! It is time for more news about Korean artists. This time, it’s about NCT’s Mark and his appearance in ‘High School Rapper’.

Before we get started on the main topic, Mark Lee, or as people know him, NCT’s Mark, is a member of the South Korean boy-group NCT and its sub-units NCT U and NCT 127. He was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on August 2, 1999. Mark is a Canadian rapper and singer-songwriter based in South Korea. He was an SM trainee for about 4 years before his debut.

And now, let’s move on to the main topic. Keep scrolling, readers.

Mark’s Appearance in ‘High School Rapper’

Mnet’s High School Rapper is a South Korean survival hip-hop television show that aired from 2017 until present. High School Rapper is a high school students’ counterpart of Show Me the Money and Unpretty Rapstar.

This television show was presented by Jeon Jun-ha and Haha in its 1st Season in 2017, and then by Nucksal in 2018 and 2019. High School Rapper runs for about 70 – 100 minutes per episode.

NCT’s Mark appeared in the first season of the show. According to, in an interview on April 2, 2017, Mark shared his thoughts about his experience competing in ‘High School Rapper’. He said that it was an amazing opportunity for him, since that was his last year in high school and Mark thought that was his chance to express his thoughts and feelings as a student. He also said that for the previous two months on the television show, he was able to show a different side of himself.

“…I was able to improve my skills. I will look back on this experience as a memorable time in my life when I felt new emotions and was challenged by new experiences,” Mark commented, according to

“I specifically enjoyed being around people my age and sharing my passion for music. Both the camaraderie and fierce competition helped me stay motivated and improve. From now on, I want to take more risks and attempt a wider genre of music,” said the talented rapper.

mark’s appearance on High School Rapper was also part of his promotional obligations under NCT 127 and NCT DREAM (during that time. He’s since graduated from NCT DREAM). Although he was at a disadvantage due to his busy schedule, he was able to rock the competition by practicing in between his short breaks.

Mark and the other contestants in ‘High School Rapper’ were also able to get past the stereotypes that idol rappers are actually unskilled at rapping. Mark proved his abilities through his hard work.

Got A Lot Support From NCT Members and Fans

Many Korean fans voiced their worries about Mark’s appearance in High School Rapper. They worried about other people’s thoughts about their beloved idol. As this was mentioned in the previous part, the stereotypes about unskilled idol rappers are still a big issue. Many fans thought that the show could do anything as ‘evil editing’ to increase the ratings.

But Mark proved his abilities. The fans’ worried less than before, because Mark’s performance was a good opportunity for him to demonstrate that he deserved to be there.

Mark said that his great performance was also because the support from his family, NCT members, and his fans. The other NCT members supported him so much in all Mark’s performance in High School Rapper. Receiving so much love and support from his team in NCT, Mark was motivated to get better and better in every performance he went through in the show.

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