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DJ DOC @ Cyworld Dream Music Festival 싸이월드 드림 뮤직 페스티벌 42.jpg
Background information
OriginSouth Korea
GenresKorean hip hop, K-pop
Years active1994–present
MembersLee Ha-neul
Jung Jae-yong
Kim Chang-yeol
Past membersPark Jung-hwan

DJ D.O.C. is a South Korean hip-hop trio consisting of members Kim Chang-yeol, Lee Ha-neul and Jung Jae-yong. DJ D.O.C. stands for Dream Of Children. DJ DOC released their first album, Sorrow of Superman, in 1994. During a time when Korean hip hop was still largely underground, they went on to experience great commercial success and many of their singles, including "Dance with DOC" (1997) and "Run to You" (2000) are now considered well-known iconic K-pop songs.[1][2][3]

Initially an underground group, DJ DOC became known to mainstream audiences for the satirical content of their lyrics, which often criticized societal injustices and overtly used profanity. It garnered them both popularity and criticism during the mid to late 1990s; their songs became well known to a younger generation already disgruntled with the government's strict censorship rules regarding free speech but was also censored by radio and television stations for the provocative lyrics.[4][5]


The original band debuted with Park Jung-hwan, but he left the group after the release of the first album due to disagreement between the members. After his departure, he started his own car dealership.[6]

On November 11, 2011, Park Jung-hwan formally filed a lawsuit against DJ DOC for defamation after comments made by Lee Ha-neul regarding his departure on a television appearance aired November 3, 2011 on Happy Together Season 3.[6][7]

Despite several apologies made by Lee Ha-neul, the lawsuit was not rescinded. On February 22, 2012, DJ Doc was cleared of the defamation charges for lack of evidence.[6][7][8]

During periods of hiatus, Lee and Kim have been engaged in solo activities. Kim hosts the popular radio show Old School (ko) on SBS Love FM. On August 9, 2013, Lee became a judge for season 5 of South Korean television talent show Superstar K.[9] In 2015 they made a guest appearance in the music video of "Tell Me One More Time", the comeback single of their counterparts Jinusean.[10]

DJ DOC was one of fifteen artists or groups, including the likes of Insooni, 2PM and Kim Tae-woo, headlining the medal ceremony aftershow for each day of the 2018 Winter Olympics.[11]


  • Lee Ha-neul (이하늘)
  • Jung Jae-yong (정재용)
  • Kim Chang-yeol (김창열)
Past members
  • Park Jung-hwan (박정환)


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Sorrow of Superman (슈퍼맨의 비애)
  • Released: November 1, 1994
  • Label: Dae Woo Record Co.
  • Formats: CD, cassette
No data No data
Murphy's Law (머피의 법칙)
  • Released: May 19, 1995
  • Label: Dae Woo Record Co.
  • Formats: CD, cassette
DJ2DOC (D際2德)
  • Released: January 1, 1996
  • Label: Shinchon Music
  • Formats: CD, cassette
4th Album
  • Released: April 1, 1997
  • Label: Synnara Music Co.
  • Formats: CD, cassette
The Life... DOC Blues
  • Released: May 16, 2000
  • Label: Freestyle
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Sex and Love, Happiness
  • Released: November 9, 2004
  • Label: EMI Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Pungnyu (풍류)
  • Released: July 29, 2010
  • Label: Show Globe
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Best of Best Panda Mix (1998)
  • Season's Greeting (2000)
  • The Best (2000)

Extended plays[edit]

  • 대한민국 만세 (1996)
  • Summer (1996)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Work Result
2000 Best Group "Run To You"[19] Nominated
Best Hip-Hop Performance "DOC Blues"[20] Won
2004 Best Male Group Video "One Night"[21] Nominated
2010 Best Rap Performance "I'm Like This"[22] Won
Song of the Year "I Am Who I Am"[23] Nominated

Other awards[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2010 Golden Disk Awards Bonsang[24] Won
2010 MelOn Music Awards Top 10 Artists[25] Won
2010 Korea Cultural Entertainment Awards New Generation Kayo[26] Won


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  15. ^ "DJ DOC의 굴욕…MOMO X '중고나라 체험기' 공개". The Kyunghyang Shinmun (in Korean). 2016-08-05. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
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  18. ^ "2010년 가온차트 부문별 Top 100위" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2021-02-05.
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  24. ^ "The 25th Golden Disk Awards Winners". Soompi. 2010-12-09. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  25. ^ "2010 Melon Music Awards Winners And Performances". Soompi. 2010-12-16. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  26. ^ "DJ DOC" (in Korean). iMBC. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2014-06-18.