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Dok2 at the Busan Sea Festival, August 2018
Background information
Birth nameLee Joon-Kyung
Born (1990-03-28) March 28, 1990 (age 28)
OriginSouth Korea
GenresHip hop
  • Rapper
  • record producer
Years active2005–present
Associated actsThe Quiett, Beenzino, Epik High, Jay Park, Dynamic Duo, Drunken Tiger, Dean, Microdot, Bizzy, Double K
WebsiteIllionaire Records
Birth name
Revised RomanizationI Jun-gyeong
McCune–ReischauerYi Chungyŏng
Stage name
Revised RomanizationDokki

Lee Joon-Kyung (Hangul이준경; born March 28, 1990) better known by his stage name Dok2 (Hangul도끼, pronounced as Dokki), is a South Korean rapper, record producer and co-founder of the Illionaire Records.


Early life[edit]

Dok2's mother is Korean, and his father is Spanish and Filipino.[1]

While media outlets reported in 2014 that he is a first cousin of Nicole Scherzinger, an American singer formerly of the girl group the Pussycat Dolls, Dok2 said in a 2015 interview, "The report about me being first cousins with Nicole Scherzinger is wrong. We share the same blood, but the relationship is complicated. I haven’t even met her."[2][3]

Career beginnings[edit]

Dok2 signed to Future Flow Entertainment when he was 13 years old. By the time he was out of his teenage years, he had written and produced songs for established Korean hip hop groups, including Drunken Tiger, Dynamic Duo and Epik High.[4]

In 2006, under the name All Black, Dok2 and fellow teen rapper Microdot released the album Chapter 1.[5]

He released his first solo mini-album, Thunderground, under Epik High's now defunct Map the Soul label in 2009.[6]

Illionaire Records[edit]

In 2011, Dok2 and rapper The Quiett formed Illionaire Records. Despite its small size, Illionaire Records is considered one of the most influential hip hop record labels in South Korea due to the popularity of its artists.[7][8][9]

Show Me the Money[edit]

In 2014, Dok2 was a judge on the third season of the TV rap competition Show Me the Money, where he and The Quiett were the producers behind winning contestant Bobby of the band iKon. They again participated in the show's fifth season and were the producers behind the second running up, Super Bee. Dok2 again participated in Season 6 as part of a producer team with Jay Park (AOMG and H1GHR Music).


Year Title Network Notes
2014 Show Me the Money 3 Mnet Judge with The Quiett
2015 4 Things Show Mnet Himself
2015 I Live Alone MBC Himself (Episode 121)
2016 Show Me the Money 5 Mnet Judge with The Quiett
2016 Infinite Challenge MBC Hip Hop Special with Yoo Jae-suk (Episode 506-513)
2017 Show Me the Money 6 Mnet Judge with Jay Park



Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Rap Performance "Me"[10] Nominated
2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Rap Performance "1llusion" Nominated


  1. ^ "The Rise of Illionaire Records, the Independent Label Taking Korean Hip-Hop to the Next Level". Complex. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  2. ^ "Dok2 revealed to be related to ex-Pussycat Dolls member, Nicole Scherzinger". Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  3. ^ "Dok2 Says He isn′t Cousins with Nicole Scherzinger". Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  4. ^ "Dok2 Joins YG Entertainment Rappers Bobby & Masta Wu For Hip-Hop Project Number 2". KpopStarz. 2014-11-28. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  5. ^ "Dok2 and Microdot to come back as a duo after 9 years with 'Goal Keeper'!". Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  6. ^ "Dok2 To Release Thunderground EP On November 25th". Soompi. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  7. ^ "2 Chainz and Rollies: The Noisey Guide to Korean Rap Label Illionaire Records". NOISEY. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  8. ^ "The Rise of Illionaire Records, the Independent Label Taking Korean Hip-Hop to the Next Level". Complex. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  9. ^ "15 Korean Rappers You Should Know That Aren't Psy - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  10. ^ "MAMA Nominees". mwave. Retrieved 14 May 2016.

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