The Boyz (Korean: 더보이즈; formerly known as Cre.kerz) is a South Korean boy group formed by Cre.ker Entertainment. The group currently consists of 11 members: Sangyeon, Jacob, Younghoon, Hyunjae, Juyeon, Kevin, New, Q, Ju Haknyeon, Sunwoo and Eric.
The group debuted on December 6, 2017. Originally a 12-piece group, former member Hwall officially left the group in October 2019 due to health reasons.
In 2016 and early 2017, various members appeared in different artists’ music videos, as cameos or lead roles. Kevin was first introduced to the public as a contestant on Kpop Star 6, where he was eliminated early in the competition. Following this, he had the chance to release an OST for the drama Saimdang, Light’s Diary in April 2017. Sunwoo became a contestant on High School Rapper in January 2017, where he was also eliminated early in the competition. In March 2017, Ju Haknyeon participated in Produce 101 and reached 19th place during the final episode.
On July 4, the group was first announced as Cre.kerz, through the agency’s social medias. On July 18, their official name was revealed. From August 23 to October 11, their first reality show Flower Snack aired, resulting in the release of the song “I’m Your Boy”. They held their first fanmeeting “Heart to Heart” for 1,000 fans on October 28.
In November, the twelve members signed contracts as exclusive models for the school uniform brand Skoolooks, as well as the cosmetic brand Siero Cosmetic.
On December 4, Cre.ker Entertainment confirmed the group signed a contract with Sony Music for their Japan promotions.