MC Mong

Shin Dong-hyun (Korean: 신동현; born September 4, 1979), better known by his stage name MC Mong (Korean: MC몽), is a South Korean hip hop recording artist, record producer, radio personality, actor and television personality who is known for his comic disposition and his upbeat songs. He is one of the most commercially successful hip hop artists in Korea. He gained popularity in the early 2000s as an actor on the sitcom, Nonstop, before releasing his debut album, 180 Degree, in 2004. He was also a cast member of the variety show, 2 Days & 1 Night from 2007 to 2010. He was charged in 2010 with draft dodging, after which he was banned from appearing on major Korean broadcast networks. His 2014 comeback album, Miss Me Or Diss Me, topped music charts upon its release.[2][3][4][5]

MC Mong
MC Mong in April 2009
MC Mong in April 2009
Background information
Birth nameShin Dong-hyun
Also known asMong, Black Edition[1]
Born (1979-09-04) September 4, 1979 (age 42)
Seoul, South Korea
GenresHip hop
Years active1998–2010
  • IS Entermedia Group (2009–2010)
  • M.A Wilddog Entertainment (2003-2005, 2009)
  • Fantom Entertainment (2006-2008)
  • Wellmade Yedang
  • DreamT Entertainment (2016-2017)
  • Million Market (2019-present)
Associated acts
MC Mong
Revised RomanizationSin Dong-hyeon
McCune–ReischauerSin Tong-hyǒn
Stage name
MC 몽
MC 夢
Revised RomanizationMC Mong
McCune–ReischauerMC Mong


Music and acting debutsEdit

MC Mong debuted in 1998 as a member of hip hop group People Crew.[2] Between 1999 and 2002, the group released three albums, titled, Hiphop Spirit Forever, 태산북두, and We Believe We Can Fly, respectively.[3] However, MC Mong's break came not from rapping but from acting, when he appeared on the sitcom Nonstop 4 in 2003. His acting abilities on the show won him mainstream popularity.[6]

In 2004, he made his solo debut as a rapper with the album, 180 Degree. The following year, he released his second album, titled, His Story.[2] In 2005, he also had a role in the TV drama, Sad Love Story.[7]

Growing popularityEdit

MC Mong's third album, 2006's The Way I Am, showed a more serious side of the rapper, who had become known for his light-hearted image. The track "Secret" deals with his parents' divorce and his poor relationship with his father.[8] The album, which also features guest vocals from Japanese singer Lisa and Korean singers Park Hyo Shin and Ivy, topped the charts after it was released, beating out "big names" like Rain and Se7en.[9][unreliable source?][10]

In 2007, he starred in a live-action TV adaption of the Korean web comic, The Great Catsby.[11] That same year, he began hosting MC Mong's Donggo Dongrak on SBS Radio,[citation needed] and he joined the cast of the popular TV variety show, 2 Days & 1 Night. He was the center of controversy in July 2008, when 2 Days & 1 Night aired a scene showing him smoking. The show publicly apologized for not editing out the scene, as all major Korean broadcasting stations had agreed in 2004 not to air smoking scenes before midnight.[12][13]

MC Mong released his fourth album, Show's Just Begun, in 2008. The album's first single, "Circus," was immensely popular, winning the number one spot five weeks in a row on the TV music countdown show, Music Bank.[citation needed] He followed up "Circus," with the single, "Feel Crazy."

In 2009, he released his fifth album, Humanimal. Pre-order sales of the album reached over 55,000 copies, and the album's tracks topped numerous music charts shortly after they were released.[14] MC Mong wrote the single, "Jin Shil, Even If You're in Heaven," for the late actress Choi Jin-sil, who had committed suicide the year before.[15] MC Mong's management company said that sales for this single would be donated to charity.[16]

Hiatus and comebackEdit

In 2010, MC Mong's career was put on hold when he was accused of evading South Korea's mandatory military service by having healthy teeth extracted to gain exemption. He was ultimately sentenced to a suspended six-month jail term for dodging conscription.[17] Following his sentence, two major TV networks, the Korean Broadcasting System and Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, banned MC Mong from appearing on their programs.[5]

He made his comeback in 2014 with the album, Miss Me Or Diss Me, which topped nine Korean music charts shortly after its release. Despite the album's popularity, MC Mong also received backlash from members of the public who were still angered over his alleged draft dodging.[18]

In 2015, he held his first concert in six years.[19] He also released the single, "Love Jumble," from EP Song For You, which topped music charts after its release.[4]

Draft dodging controversyEdit

In September 2010, allegations regarding MC Mong's mandatory national service prompted the South Korean Military Manpower Administration (병무청) to conduct an investigation. Following public outcry, he stopped all public appearances for several years, including TV programs. According to reporters, one of his dentists publicly stated that he received money from MC Mong to remove two teeth instead of repairing them. MC Mong strongly denied the allegations. On October 10, he was officially charged with violating military service laws by the Seoul Central District Court. At the second trial held on November 29, 2010, after four of MC Mong's dentists came forward to support his case, the fifth (and previously aforementioned) dentist, who originally said he had removed teeth number 46 and 47, changed his statement. He explained that there was a hole in tooth number 46 and he could not know why the hole was there so he extracted it. Tooth number 47 was acutely damaged, so he removed it also. He further explained that MC Mong had not taken good care of his teeth and as such, most of them needed either care or removal. He also said that the police told him to write words such as "forceful" and "intense" in his account, and that he was bothered about this constantly when he did not. He explained that he had never talked to MC Mong about enlistment evasion, that, unlike the reports suggested, he had never received any money from MC Mong for pulling the teeth out, and that the reason he took the teeth out was not from MC Mong’s request. The third trial was held on December 20. The fourth, initially scheduled for January 24, 2011, was postponed to February 8.

On April 11, 2011, MC Mong was cleared of intentionally pulling out healthy teeth in order to be exempted from military duty but was sentenced to a suspended jail term of six months, probation for one year, and 120 hours of community service, for deliberately delaying enlistment on false grounds.[20] The court acknowledged that there was a delay in his military enlistment, however, they were unable to determine whether he was guilty for extracting teeth for the purpose of avoiding his military draft.[21][unreliable source?]



Television seriesEdit

Year Title Network Role Ref
2003-2004 Nonstop 4 MBC [4]
2005 Sad Love Story MBC Jang Jin-pyo [7]
2007 The Great Catsby tvN Catsby [11]

Television varietyEdit

Year Title Network Ref
2007-2010 2 Days & 1 Night KBS
2008-2009 Ya Shim Man Man 2 SBS
2009 Dr Mong Goes to School Mnet
2009-2010 SNSD's Hello Baby KBS
2010 HahaMong Show SBS
2015 Unpretty Rapstar Mnet


Year Title Role Ref
2003 Deus Machina
2006 Riverbank Legends [22]
2007 Myodo Wild Flower [22]
2008 Space Chimps Ham III


Year Title Ref
2003-2004 Haha & Mong's Young Street
2007-2008 MC Mong's Donggo Dongrak


Year Awards
  • 2003 Korea Entertainment Awards: New Artist Award
  • 2003 MBC Entertainment Awards: Producer's Comedy-Sitcom Star Award
  • 2003 MBC Entertainment Awards: Sitcom Artist Award
  • 2004 KBS Song Festival: Bonsang Award
  • 2004 MBC Entertainment Awards :Producer's Comedy-Sitcom Star Award

See alsoEdit


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  21. ^ allkpop MC Mong's draft dodging case finally comes to a close
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