Whether you are an NCTzen or not, anyone who knows anything about K-pop will tell you that Mark Lee is a force to be reckoned with: from his dancing abilities to his sweet vocals, Mark is the textbook definition of an all-rounder. However, where Mark shines brightest is perhaps in his rapping. This is, of course, unsurprising since he is one of NCT’s lead rappers and truly leaves us stunned with every line he delivers. So, we are here today to both gush about how much we love Mark and to give you definitive proof that he is a certified rap God.
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To make it easier for us to pick a few favorites, we’ve decided to split up the songs by sub-unit. You can thank us later!
‘Mad City’ – NCT 127
Honorable mentions: ‘Baby Don’t Like It,’ ‘Regular,’ and ‘Cherry Bomb.’
‘Mad City’ is quite possibly one of NCT 127’s best b-sides, featuring vocalist Jaehyun and both of 127’s lead rappers, Taeyong and Mark. As a duo, Taeyong and Mark have been pretty inseparable since the group’s debut in 2016, with the pair working together on much of NCT’s larger discography together as members of its various subunits. ‘Mad City’ allows the two to bounce off one another in a way that perfectly showcases their individual styles, with Taeyong’s dark and more raspy voice perfectly complimenting Mark’s smooth yet sharp delivery. The lyrics of ‘Mad City’ also very well highlight Mark’s capabilities as a lyricist, using his verse to tell the story of his journey as a performer and how hard he had to work to achieve it. At one point, Mark remarks that he is “absolutely fully capable,” and we at THP have to wholly agree with him on this one.
‘The 7th Sense’ – NCT U
Honorable mentions: ’90’s Love,’ ‘Misfit,’ and ‘Boss.’
While this may have been NCT U’s debut track, it has truly stood the test of time and is certainly one of their best singles to date. This iconic unit was made up of Mark, Jaehyun, Doyoung, Taeyong, and Ten and was released in 2016. ‘The 7th Sense’ blends together heavy electronic beats with hauntingly dreamy vocals from Doyoung and Jaehyun, giving the song a distinctly unique and atmospheric vibe. Mark’s rap in the second verse sharply cuts through the song, using his wholly individual flow and style to create a verse that is highly addictive and enjoyable. Mark’s rap in this song is also perhaps one of his best-known raps, giving us the iconic line “Uh, and that’s a long *ss ride.” Honestly, who is doing it like our rap God Mark Lee?
‘My First and Last’ – NCT Dream
Honorable Mentions: ‘GO’ and ‘Hello Future.’
Starkly contrasting every other song on this list, ‘My First and Last’ was NCT Dream’s second release after their debut with ‘Chewing Gum’ in 2016. The unit here consisted of Mark, Jisung, Chenle, Renjun, Jeno, and Haechan, with Jaemin being on hiatus for an injury at the time of the single’s release. While the song is lighthearted and fun, Mark still utilizes his signature heavy and precise rap style, and it works perfectly. Through this song and much of NCT Dream’s earlier discography in general, Mark perfectly displays his range as a rapper and performer as he is able to take a song that you may not expect to suit his style and execute it flawlessly.
‘Jopping’ – SuperM
Honorable mentions: ‘Talk About’ and ‘Super Car.’
‘Jopping’ is that song and will always be that song. ‘Jopping’ was released in 2019 as the debut song for the K-pop super-group, consisting of EXO’s Baekhyun and Kai, SHINee’s Taemin, and NCT’s Taeyong, Lucas, Ten, and, our absolute fave, Mark. Mark delivers this verse with his classic charismatic rap flow and, again, gives iconic lines like “You think you’re a big boy, throwing three stacks” and ‘”mma show you how to ball, you a mismatch.” ‘Jopping’ really allowed Mark to show off his rapping skills, with its heavy production and electronic sounds perfectly complimenting Mark’s style and blending together to create an unforgettable bop. Seriously, whoever put this unit together at SM Entertainment deserves a substantial pay rise. We could gush about them all day.