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Personal Information
Real Name Kim Nam-joon
Hangul 김남준
Other Names Rap Monster (Debut Name)
Runch Randa (Pre-debut Name)[1]
RapMon
Namjoonie
Joonie
Monie
God of Destruction[2]
Birthdate September 12, 1994 (1994-09-12) (age 24)[3]
Birth Place Ilsan-gu, Goyang, South Korea
Height 181 cm (1.81 m)[3]
Weight 67 kg[3]
Blood Type A[4]
Occupation
Job Rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer
Genre Dance Pop, Rap, Hip-Hop
Years active June 13, 2013–present
Labels LOEN Entertainment[5]
Agency Big Hit Entertainment
Associated acts BTS, Zico, Warren G, Krizz Kaliko, Primary, MFBTY
Signature
Rap Monster's Signature
Website Official Website
BTS Twitter (Shared by members)
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Looking for answers when there aren’t any, but will still learn. Isn’t that what life is about?

–RM, 2017.03.13, Chile

Kim Nam-joon (김남준) known by his stage name RM is a South Korean rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. He is the leader and main rapper of BTS. In 2015, he released his first solo mixtape, RM. He is notable for his large input in songwriting and production in BTS' discography.

Namjoon originally debuted with the stage name Rap Monster (랩몬스터) but in late 2017 he changed to RM.[6]

History

RM was born on September 12, 1994, in Ilsan, South Korea.

He has an IQ of 148, having scored in the top 1.3% of the nation in the university entrance examinations for language, math, foreign language and social studies. RM is also fluent in English, which he learned with his mother as a child and through watching Friends. He has described himself as an atheist.

Before his debut with BTS, he was an underground rapper under the stage name "Runch Randa". He released a number of tracks and once collaborated with fellow underground rapper Zico. He was part of the underground Korean hip hop crew called "Daenamhyup". The group had been active from 2009 until 2013, although RM has not participated in recent years to concentrate on BTS.

Solo work

RM has collaborated with many Korean and American artists. On March 4, 2015, he released a single with Warren G entitled, "P.D.D (Please Don't Die)" alongside its music video, which featured behind-the-scene footage of their collaboration in Los Angeles. Along with EE and Dino J, RM collaborated with hip hop project group MFBTY for the song "Bucku Bucku". He was featured in the music video for "Bucku Bucku", and also had a cameo in another MFBTY music video for their song, "Bang Diggy Bang Bang (방뛰기방방)". RM released his first solo mixtape, RM on March 17, 2015. The mixtape was ranked 48th on Spin's "50 Best Hip Hop Albums of 2015". On April 9, 2015, Primary released his EP, 2-1, on which RM, along with Kwon Jin-ah, was featured in the song, "U". RM collaborated with Marvel for Fantastic Four's soundtrack. The digital single, "Fantastic" featuring Mandy Ventrice, was released on August 4, through Melon, Genie, Naver Music and other music sites. On August 30, 2016, Homme's single "Dilemma" was released, which RM co-produced alongside Bang Si-hyuk. This was his second official production after his participation on BTS' song "Epilogue: Young Forever" and the unofficial SoundCloud release of "I Know". RM also collaborated with American rapper Wale on a special socially-charged track called "Change", released as a free digital download on March 19, 2017 along with an accompanying music video filmed about two weeks prior to the track's release. On December 14, after clips from Spotify UK surfaced on Twitter, it was officially confirmed that RM had featured on the remix of Fall Out Boy's song "Champion" and the track was released worldwide on December 15 at midnight across all major music streaming sites. The track reached number 18 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, and helped RM reach number 46 on the Emerging Artists Chart for the week of January 8, 2018. On December 27, 2017, RM made history as the first K-pop artist to chart on the Rock Digital Songs chart, coming in at number two on the list.

Discography

See also: BTS Discography

Mixtapes

  • RM (2015)

Digital singles

  • Perfect Christmas - Single (with Jo Kwon, Lim Jeong-hee, Joohee & Jungkook) (2013)
  • P.D.D - Single (with Warren G) (2015)
  • Gajah (코끼리) - Single (Gaeko feat. Rap Monster) (2017)
  • Champion Remix - Single (Fall Out Boy feat. RM) (2017)

OSTs

  • Fantastic - Single (feat. Mandy Ventrice) (2015)

Other appearances

  • Blue Bloods from "Black Power" (Dynamic Certified feat. Rap Monster) (2012)
  • Buckubucku (부끄부끄) from "WondaLand" (MFBTY feat. EE, Rap Monster & Dino-J) (2015)
  • U from "2" (Primary feat. Kwon Jin-ah & Rap Monster) (2015)
  • ProMeTheUs (튀겨) from "Andre" (Yankie feat. Dok2, Juvie Train, Double K, Rap Monster, Topbob & Don Mills) (2015)
  • Change - Non-album single (with Wale) (2017)

Unofficial songs

See also: BTS Unofficial songs

Filmography

Variety shows

Year Name Channel Role
2014 After School Club Arirang TV Guest with Jimin (Ep.56)
Guest with Jimin and Jungkook (Ep.68,70)
2015 Problematic Men tvN Cast member (Ep.1-22)
Star King SBS Guest with V (Ep.413)
Hello Conselor KBS2 Guest with V (Ep.223)
Running Man SBS Guest (Ep.265)
2016 Close-up Observation Diary on Idol: Find Me MBC Cast (Ep.2)
Star King SBS Guest with Jimin and J-Hope (Ep.447)
Duet Song Festival MBC Guest (Ep.13)
Gura-Chacha: Time Slip - New Boy KBS Cast (Pilot Episode)

Music shows

Year Name Channel Role
2016 Inkigayo SBS Special host with Jin (Ep.863)
2017 M Countdown Mnet Special host with J-Hope and Jimin (Ep.543)

Music videos

Year Title Other artist(s) Album
As main artist
2015 P.D.D Warren G
Awakening RM
Do You
Joke
Fantastic Mandy Ventrice
2017 Change Wale
As featured artist
2015 Buckubucku MFBTY, EE and Dino-J WondaLand

Credits

◯ = Participates as writing/composer/producer, ✖ = Not participated as writing/composer/producer

BTS Discography

Album Song Writing Composer Producer Ref.
No More Dream We Are Bulletproof Pt.2 [7]
No More Dream [8]
Like [9]
Outro: Circle Room Cypher [10]
O!RUL8,2? Intro: O!RUL8,2? [11]
N.O [12]
We On [13]
If I Ruled the World [14]
Coffee [15]
BTS Cypher, Pt. 1 [16]
Attack on Bangtan [17]
Satoori Rap [18]
Skool Luv Affair Intro: Skool Luv Affair [19]
Boy In Luv [20]
Where You From [21]
Just One Day [22]
Tomorrow [23]
BTS Cypher, Pt. 2: Triptych [24]
Spine Breaker [25]
Jump [26]
Skool Luv Affair Special Addition Miss Right [27]
Like (Slow Jam Remix) [28]
Dark & Wild Intro: What Am I To You [29]
Danger [30]
War of Hormone [31]
Hip Hop Phile [32]
Let Me Know [33]
Rain [34]
BTS Cypher Pt.3: Killer [35]
Can You Turn Off Your Phone? [36]
Embarrassed [37]
24/7 = Heaven [38]
Look Here [39]
So 4 More [40]
No More Dream (Japanese Single) No More Dream
(Japanese Ver.)
[41]
Boy In Luv (Japanese Single) Boy In Luv (Japanese Ver.) [42]
N.O (Japanese Ver.) [43]
Single Danger (Mo-Blue-Mix)
(Feat. Thanh)
[44]
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1 I Need U [45]
Hold Me Tight [46]
Dope [47]
Boyz with Fun [48]
Converse High [49]
Moving On [50]
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2 Run [51]
Butterfly [52]
Whalien 52 [53]
Ma City [54]
Silver Spoon [55]
Autumn Leaves [56]
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever Fire [57]
Save Me [58]
Epilogue: Young Forever [59]
Love is Not Over
(Full Length Edition)
[60]
I Need U (Urban Mix) [61]
I Need U (Remix) [62]
Run (Ballad Mix) [63]
Run (Alternative Mix) [64]
Butterfly (Alternative Mix) [65]
Wings Intro: Boy Meets Evil [66]
Blood Sweat & Tears [67]
Begin [68]
Reflection [69]
Awake [70]
Lost [71]
BTS Cypher 4 [72]
21st Century Girl [73]
2! 3! [74]
Interlude: Wings [75]
You Never Walk Alone Spring Day [76]
Not Today [77]
Outro: Wings [78]
A Supplementary Story: You Never Walk Alone [79]
Single Come Back Home [80]
Unofficial song 4 O'CLOCK [81]
Love Yourself 'Her' Intro: Serendipity [82]
DNA [83]
Best of Me [84]
Dimple [85]
Pied Piper [86]
MIC Drop [87]
Outro: Her [88]
Sea [89]
Single MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix) [90]
MIC Drop/DNA/Crystal Snow (Japanese Single) Crystal Snow [91]
Love Yourself 'Tear' Intro: Singularity [92]
FAKE LOVE [93]
The Truth Untold [94]
134340 [95]
Paradise [96]
Love Maze [97]
Magic Shop [98]
Airplane Pt.2 [99]
Anpanman [100]
So What [101]
Outro: Tear [102]
Single FAKE LOVE (Rocking Vibe Mix) [103]
Unofficial song DDaeng [104]
Love Yourself 'Answer' Euphoria [105]
Serendipity
(Full Length Edition)
[106]
Trivia 承: Love [107]
I'm Fine [108]
IDOL [109]
Answer: Love Myself [110]
DNA (Pedal 2 LA Mix) [111]
MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix) (Full Length Edition) [112]
IDOL (feat. Nicki Minaj) [113]

Discography as a soloist

Album Song Writing Composer Producer Ref.
Single P.D.D (with Warren G) [114]
WondaLand Bucku Bucku (MFBTY feat. EE, Rap Monster & Dino-J) [115]
RM Voice [116]
Do You [117]
Awakening [118]
Monster [119]
Throw Away [120]
Joke [121]
God Rap [122]
Rush (feat. Krizz Kaliko) [123]
Life [124]
Adrift [125]
I Believe [126]
Andre ProMeTheUs (feat. Dok2, Juvie Train, Double K, Rap Monster, Topbob & Don Mills) [127]
Single Fantastic (feat. Mandy Ventrice) [128]
Gajah (feat. Rap Monster) [129]
Change (feat. Wale) [130]

Other songs

Song Artist Writing Composer Producer Ref.
Dilemma Homme [131]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2018 Soompi Awards Best Collaboration "Change" (with Wale) Nominated

Trivia

  • He is the fourth oldest and the fourth youngest in the band.
  • He is 24 years old in the US age and 25 years old in the Korean age.
  • His Zodiac sign is Virgo.
  • His favorite number is 1.
  • His favorite items are clothes, a computer and books.
  • His role models are Kanye West and A$AP Rocky.
  • He has composed/produced 100+ songs.
  • RM's other nickname was ‘Dance Prodigy’. He was so bad at dancing so his dance teacher and the company staff called him that.
  • RM wrote the lyrics of No More Dream because he had no dreams when he was in school.
  • The BTS members said if RM wasn't human he'd be: a Tibetan Fox (Jungkook), A Lion that even if you catch it, it breaks everything and escapes again (Jimin), A Monster (Suga), a soccer player (V) and a rock (J-Hope).
  • RM has a younger sister.
  • His favorite foods are meat and Kalguksu (Korean knife noodles).
  • He taught himself how to speak English, by watching the American sitcom Friends, and can speak it extremely well.
  • His favorite colors are black, pink and purple.
  • On March 19, 2017, RM released a new single named 'Change' featuring Wale.
  • Jimin once called him a gorilla because he's always angry.
  • He is known to break everything.
  • On November 13, 2017, he announced on Fancafe that he had officially changed his stage name to RM.
  • He owns his own studio called 'Mon Studio'.

Family Tree

Father
   
   
   
   
   
   
Mother
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Nam-joon
(b.1994)
   
   
Younger Sister
(b.1997)

Pets

References

  1. "Before BTS, RM was originally known as Runch Randa in the Korean underground scene[...]" from Billboard
  2. "“God of Destruction” belonged to Rap Monster, who earned the nickname because he ends up accidentally breaking a lot of things." from Soompi
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 RM's profile on BTS Official Website
  4. RM's profile BTS Official Fanclub Japan
  5. RM listed with a label in LEON Entertainment
  6. BTS' Rap Monster Changes Stage Name to RM
  7. Information of the Song "We Are Bulletproof Pt.2" on Melon
  8. Information of the Song "No More Dream" on Melon
  9. Information of the Song "Like" on Melon
  10. Information of the Song "Outro: Circle Room Cypher" on Melon
  11. Information of the Song "Intro: O!RUL8,2?" on Melon
  12. Information of the Song "N.O" on Melon
  13. Information of the Song "We On" on Melon
  14. Information of the Song "If I Ruled the World" on Melon
  15. Information of the Song "Coffee" on Melon
  16. Information of the Song "BTS Cypher, Pt. 1" on Melon
  17. Information of the Song "Attack on Bangtan" on Melon
  18. Information of the Song "Satoori Rap" on Melon
  19. Information of the Song "Intro: Skool Luv Affair" on Melon
  20. Information of the Song "Boy In Luv" on Melon
  21. Information of the Song "Where You From" on Melon
  22. Information of the Song "Just One Day" on Melon
  23. Information of the Song "Tomorrow" on Melon
  24. Information of the Song "BTS Cypher, Pt. 2: Triptych" on Melon
  25. Information of the Song "Spine Breaker" on Melon
  26. Information of the Song "Jump" on Melon
  27. Information of the Song "Miss Right" on Melon
  28. Information of the Song "Like (Slow Jam Remix)" on Melon
  29. Information of the Song "Intro: What Am I To You" on Melon
  30. Information of the Song "Danger" on Melon
  31. Information of the Song "War of Hormone" on Melon
  32. Information of the Song "Hip Hop Phile" on Melon
  33. Information of the Song "Let Me Know" on Melon
  34. Information of the Song "Rain" on Melon
  35. Information of the Song "BTS Cypher Pt.3: Killer" on Melon
  36. Information of the Song "Can You Turn Off Your Phone?" on Melon
  37. Information of the Song "Embarrassed" on Melon
  38. Information of the Song "24/7 = Heaven" on Melon
  39. Information of the Song "Look Here" on Melon
  40. Information of the Song "So 4 More" on Melon
  41. Information of the Song "No More Dream (Japanese Ver.)" on Melon
  42. Information of the Song "Boy In Luv (Japanese Ver.)" on Melon
  43. Information of the Song "N.O (Japanese Ver.)" on Melon
  44. Information of the Song "Danger (Mo-Blue-Mix) (Feat. Thanh)" on Melon
  45. Information of the Song "I Need U" on Melon
  46. Information of the Song "Hold Me Tight" on Melon
  47. Information of the Song "Dope" on Melon
  48. Information of the Song "Boyz with Fun" on Melon
  49. Information of the Song "Converse High" on Melon
  50. Information of the Song "Moving On" on Melon
  51. Information of the Song "Run" on Melon
  52. Information of the Song "Butterfly" on Melon
  53. Information of the Song "Whalien 52" on Melon
  54. Information of the Song "Ma City" on Melon
  55. Information of the Song "Silver Spoon" on Melon
  56. Information of the Song "Autumn Leaves" on Melon
  57. Information of the Song "Fire" on Melon
  58. Information of the Song "Save Me" on Melon
  59. Information of the Song "Epilogue: Young Forever" on Melon
  60. Information of the Song "Love is Not Over (Full Length Edition)" on Melon
  61. Information of the Song "I Need U (Urban Mix)" on Melon
  62. Information of the Song "I Need U (Remix)" on Melon
  63. Information of the Song "Run (Ballad Mix)" on Melon
  64. Information of the Song "Run (Alternative Mix)" on Melon
  65. Information of the Song "Butterfly (Alternative Mix)" on Melon
  66. Information of the Song "Intro: Boy Meets Evil" on Melon
  67. Information of the Song "Blood Sweat & Tears" on Melon
  68. Information of the Song "Begin" on Melon
  69. Information of the Song "Reflection" on Melon
  70. Information of the Song "Awake" on Melon
  71. Information of the Song "Lost" on Melon
  72. Information of the Song "BTS Cypher 4" on Melon
  73. Information of the Song "21st Century Girl" on Melon
  74. Information of the Song "2! 3! " on Melon
  75. Information of the Song "Interlude: Wings" on Melon
  76. Information of the Song "Spring Day" on Melon
  77. Information of the Song "Not Today" on Melon
  78. Information of the Song "Outro: Wings" on Melon
  79. Information of the Song "A Supplementary Story: You Never Walk Alone" on Melon
  80. Information of the Song "Come Back Home" on Melon
  81. 네시 (4 O'CLOCK) - R&V on Soundcloud
  82. Information of the Song "Intro: Serendipity" on Melon
  83. Information of the Song "DNA" on Melon
  84. Information of the Song "Best of Me" on Melon
  85. Information of the Song "Dimple" on Melon
  86. Information of the Song "Pied Piper" on Melon
  87. Information of the Song "MIC Drop" on Melon
  88. Information of the Song "Outro: Her" on Melon
  89. Information of the Song "Sea" on Melon
  90. Information of the Song "MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix)" on Melon
  91. Information of the Song "Crystal Snow" on Melon
  92. Information of the Song "Intro: Singularity" on Melon
  93. Information of the Song "FAKE LOVE" on Melon
  94. Information of the Song "The Truth Untold" on Melon
  95. Information of the Song "134340" on Melon
  96. Information of the Song "Paradise" on Melon
  97. Information of the Song "Love Maze" on Melon
  98. Information of the Song "Magic Shop" on Melon
  99. Information of the Song "Airplane pt.2" on Melon
  100. Information of the Song "Anpanman" on Melon
  101. Information of the Song "So What" on Melon
  102. Information of the Song "Outro: Tear" on Melon
  103. Information of the Song "FAKE LOVE (Rocking Vibe Mix)" on Melon
  104. 땡 - RM, SUGA, J-HOPE on Soundcloud
  105. Information of the Song "Euphoria" on Melon
  106. Information of the Song "Serendipity (Full Length Edition)" on Melon
  107. Information of the Song "Trivia 承: Love" on Melon
  108. Information of the Song "I'm Fine" on Melon
  109. Information of the Song "IDOL" on Melon
  110. Information of the Song "Answer: Love Myself" on Melon
  111. Information of the Song "DNA (Pedal 2 LA Mix)" on Melon
  112. Information of the Song "MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix) (Full Length Edition)" on Melon
  113. Information of the Song "IDOL (Feat. Nicki Minaj)" on Melon
  114. Track Info of "P.D.D" on Genius
  115. Information of the Song "Bucku Bucku (MFBTY feat. EE, Rap Monster & Dino-J)" on Melon
  116. Track Info of "Voice" on Genius
  117. Track Info of "Do You" on Genius
  118. Track Info of "Awakening" on Genius
  119. Track Info of "Monster" on Genius
  120. Track Info of "Throw Away" on Genius
  121. Track Info of "Joke" on Genius
  122. Track Info of "God Rap" on Genius
  123. Track Info of "Rush (feat. Krizz Kaliko)" on Genius
  124. Track Info of "Life" on Genius
  125. Track Info of "Adrift" on Genius
  126. Track Info of "I Believe" on Genius
  127. Information of the Song "ProMeTheUs (feat. Dok2, Juvie Train, Double K, Rap Monster, Topbob & Don Mills)" on Melon
  128. Information of the Song "Fantastic (feat. Mandy Ventrice)" on Melon
  129. Information of the Song "" on Melon
  130. RM, Wale - Change on Soundcloud
  131. Information of the Song "Dilemma" on Melon

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