Stray Kids (KR: 스트레이 키즈; JP: ストレイキッズ) is an eight-member boy group under JYP Entertainment. Formed through the competition reality show of the same name. Originally as nine, they 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.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Pre-debut: Stray Kids and Mixtape
- 1.2 2018: Debut with I Am Not, followed by mini-albums I Am Who and I Am You
- 1.3 2019: 'Clé' trilogy, Woojin's departure and "Mixtape : Gone Days"
- 1.4 2020: "Step Out of Clé", Japanese debut, "Mixtape : On Track", Go Live, In Life, All In
- 1.5 2021: Hyunjin's hiatus
- 2 Members
- 3 Unit
- 4 Discography
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Concerts
- 7 Awards and nominations
- 8 Endorsements
- 9 Trivia
- 10 Gallery
- 11 References
- 12 Official links
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 (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 this, like when 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 1. This 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. It's with the title track of that album, "Miroh", that the group received their first ever music show win, on April 4. 
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 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 be released on 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 : On Track", Go Live, In Life, All In
On March 13, a poster for the group's upcoming release was posted on their Twitter account. On March 19, the members' teaser photos were also posted, announcing their new digital single, "Mixtape : On Track", to be released on the 25th.
The digital single "Top", consisting of the Korean versions of the opening and ending songs of the anime Tower of God, was released on May 13. The English version of the single was released on May 20, and the Japanese version on June 3.
On May 26, the first trailer for Go Live, the group's first full album, was released. The album was released on June 17 with title track "God's Menu". The album's repackage, In Life, was released on September 14.
The group held an online concert, Unlock : Go Live In Life, on November 22. During the show, which was two hours long, Stray Kids showcased a variety of powerful performances, accompanied with technological visual effects, for a total of 22 songs.
2021: Hyunjin's hiatus
JYP has announced that group member Hyunjin will go on hiatus from all activities and promotions for an undefined amount of time due to school bullying scandals. The group will promote with seven members for the time being.
|Bang Chan (방찬)||Leader, Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Sub Rapper||2018–present|
|Lee Know (리노)||Main Dancer, Vocalist, Sub Rapper||2018–present|
|Changbin (창빈)||Main Rapper, Sub Vocalist||2018–present|
|Han (한)||Main Rapper, Lead Vocalist||2018–present|
|Felix (필릭스)||Lead Dancer, Rapper, Sub Vocalist||2018–present|
|Seungmin (승민)||Main Vocalist||2018–present|
|I.N (아이엔)||Vocalist, Maknae||2018–present|
|Hyunjin (현진)||Main Dancer, Lead Rapper, Sub Vocalist, Visual||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)
- Stray Kids: One Kids Room (VLive, 2019–2020)
- Kingdom (Mnet, 2021)
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)
- Unlock : Go Live In Life (2020)
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
- 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: Watch: Stray Kids Takes Emotional 1st-Ever Music Show Win On “M Countdown” With “Miroh”; Performances By IZ*ONE And More
- 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
- The Jakarta Post: Stray Kids 'unlock' pandemic-hit stage with virtual concert
- JYP Entertainment Announces Stray Kids’ Hyunjin Will Halt All Activities
- Soompi: Stray Kids, ATEEZ, And The Boyz Confirmed To Compete On "Kingdom"; Perform Powerful Collab At 2020 MAMA
- MTV: Stray Kids on Growing Up, Taking More Creative Risks, And Dealing With Self-Doubt