Stray Kids (KR: 스트레이 키즈; JP: ストレイキッズ) is an eight-member boy group under JYP Entertainment. They were formed through the competition reality show of the same name and debuted on March 25, 2018 with the mini album I Am Not.
Prior to their debut, they released a mini album, Mixtape, on January 8, 2018.
Pre-debut: Stray Kids and Mixtape
The sub-unit 3RACHA, composed of Bang Chan, Changbin, and Han, existed prior to Stray Kids. While the nine were still trainees, Bang Chan picked each member of the group himself. They then participated in Mnet's reality show Stray Kids (which was named after the group), in which they had various challenges to accomplish together in order to prove to JYP that they deserved to debut as nine, which was their wish. "Part of what sets Stray Kids apart is their heightened emphasis on self-composition", and the challenges in the show reflected that, as they had to create their own songs and choreographies. They released a digital single titled "Hellevator" during the show on November 7, 2017. Though two members - Lee Know and Felix - were eliminated on the show, they were eventually given a second chance. It was announced in the last episode that the group would debut as nine.
Stray Kids released the pre-debut album Mixtape on January 8, 2018. All the songs featured on it were initially created during the reality show.
2018: Debut with I Am Not, followed by mini-albums I Am Who and I Am You
Stray Kids debuted on March 25, 2018 with I Am Not and its title track "District 9". The group announced its fandom name, STAY, on August 1st. That was a few days before their first comeback on August 6 with the title track "My Pace" and the mini album I Am Who. Finally, they released I Am You on October 22. The three mini albums, the I Am series, were all released in less than a year and are all part of the same narrative cycle revolving around the theme of identity and self-discovery.
2019: 'Clé' trilogy, Woojin's departure and "Mixtape : Gone Days"
Clé 1 : MIROH was released on the first anniversary of the group's debut, March 25, 2019. "MIROH" is a word Stray Kids created; 'miro' means 'maze' in Korean, and the H at the end of MIROH symbolizes either heaven or hell, meaning there are two possible places it can lead to. The album tackles the subject of surviving in a new world that might be harsh - in Stray Kids case, this new world is both celebrity and adulthood.
They came back on June 19 with Clé 2 : Yellow Wood. The "Clé" and "I Am" series were then connected. For example, the city Stray Kids is looking at at the end of the music video for "I Am You" is MIROH, and the roof of Clé 2: Yellow Wood was where the music video "MIROH" has finished.
On October 27, it was announced by JYP that member Woojin had left the group and agency due to personal circumstances. As a result of that, the mini album Clé : Levanter, which was scheduled to be released on November 25, was delayed to December 9. The album included the two pre-released tracks "Double Knot" and "Astronaut", and also the title track "Levanter".
Stray Kids released "Mixtape : Gone Days" less than twenty days later, on December 26. The song is about the conflict between the new generation, who wants to do things their way and be able to gain maturity on their own, and the older generations, who nags and pushes to do things like it was done in the past. The title is also a play on words, as it sounds like the Korean word "ggondae", a term for old, nosy and bossy people.
2020: "Step Out of Clé", Japanese debut, "Mixtape : 바보라도 알아"
On March 13, a poster for an the group's upcoming release was posted on their Twitter account. On March 19, the members teaser photos was also posted, announcing their new digital single, "Mixtape : 바보라도 알아", to be released on the 25th.
|Bang Chan (방찬)||Leader, Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Rapper, Producer||2018–present|
|Lee Know (리노)||Main Dancer, Vocalist, Rapper||2018–present|
|Changbin (창빈)||Main Rapper, Sub-Vocalist, Producer||2018–present|
|Hyunjin (현진)||Main Dancer, Lead Rapper, Visual||2018–present|
|Han (한)||Main Rapper, Lead Vocalist, Producer||2018–present|
|Felix (필릭스)||Dancer, Sub-Rapper, Sub-Vocalist, Face of the group||2018–present|
|Seungmin (승민)||Lead Vocalist||2018–present|
|I.N (아이엔)||Vocalist, Sub-Rapper, Maknae||2018–present|
|Woojin (우진)||Main Vocalist||2018–2019|
- Stray Kids: The 9th (VLive, 2018–present)
- Finding SKZ (Mnet, 2019)
- Stray Kids: Two Kids Room (VLive, 2019–present)
- CHOISKZ (VLive, 2019–present)
Talk show appearances
- After School Club (Arirang TV, 2013–present) (eps. 310, 318, 329 and 340)
- Idol Room (JTBC, 2018–present) (eps. 16 and 43)
- Weekly Idol (MBC Every 1, 2011–present) (eps. 381, 401 and 428)
Awards and nominations
- Main article: Awards and nominations received by Stray Kids
- Jambangee (2018)
- Coke Caster (2018)
- IvyClub (2018–2019)
- Lotte Duty Free (2018–2019)
- Pro-Specs (2018–2019)
- Dazed Korea (2019)
- Stray Kids' logo is written in Bang Chan's handwriting.
- Stray Kids are highly involved in the creation of their songs. The lyrics and melodies are theirs and, according to Bang Chan, they are given a lot of freedom. They are able to genuinely express themselves and to send the message they want, which is important to them. The struggles and thoughts explored in their songs often mirror those of their fans.
- Main article: Stray Kids/Gallery
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Forbes: Stray Kids Talk Songwriting, Career Goals And Their First U.S. Tour
- ↑ Soompi: Stray Kids Unveils Fan Club Name Ahead Of Comeback
- ↑ YouTube: Stray Kids (INTRO "Clé 1 : MIROH")
- ↑ Soompi: Stray Kids Announces Woojin's Departure + Delays Upcoming Album Release
- ↑ Officially KMusic: Stray Kids Make a Bold Statement in 'Gone Days' MV
- ↑ Soompi: UStray Kids Teases Release Of "Step Out Of Clé" English Version
- ↑ Hankyung: 스트레이 키즈, 3월 18일 일본 정식 데뷔…베스트 앨범 `SKZ2020` 발표
- ↑ Soompi: Stray Kids Looks Right Out Of A High School Drama In Teasers For Surprise Mixtape
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 MTV: Stray Kids on Growing Up, Taking More Creative Risks, And Dealing With Self-Doubt