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RM (rapper)

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Rap Monster at Seoul Music Awards on January 19, 2017 (1).jpg
RM at Seoul Music Awards on January 19, 2017
Native name 김남준
Born Kim Nam-joon
(1994-09-12) September 12, 1994 (age 23)
Ilsan-gu, Goyang, South Korea
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2013 (2013)–present
Labels Big Hit Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gim Nam-jun
McCune–Reischauer Kim Namchun
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Kim Nam-joon (Hangul김남준; born September 12, 1994),[1] better known as RM (formerly known as Rap Monster), is a South Korean rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He is the main rapper and leader of the South Korean boy group BTS, managed under Big Hit Entertainment. In 2015, he released his first solo mixtape, RM. To date, he has recorded with artists such as Wale, Warren G, Gaeko, Krizz Kaliko, MFBTY, and Primary. As one of BTS's main songwriters and music producers, he has over 80 songs accredited to his name by the Korea Music Copyright Association.[2] On September 19, 2017, Rap Monster announced on his Beats1 Noisey Interview that he would be changing his stage name to RM.[3] This was later confirmed via BTS' official fan cafe.[4]


RM was born on September 12, 1994, in Ilsan, South Korea.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] He is fluent in English and Japanese, and while all members of BTS studied Japanese as trainees, RM continues to learn Japanese after debut. He has described himself as an atheist.[8]



RM was recruited as BTS' first member back in 2010 during a Big Hit talent audition. RM trained for years with fellow underground rapper Min Yoon-gi (Suga) and dancer Jung Ho-seok (J-Hope).[9][10] On June 13, 2013, RM made his debut as a member of BTS on Mnet's M! Countdown with the track "No More Dream" from their debut single album 2 Cool 4 Skool.[11][12] He has produced and written lyrics for a variety of tracks on all of BTS' albums.

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.[13]

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)."[14][15]

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".[16]

On April 9, 2015, Primary released his mini-album, 2-1, on which RM, along with Kwon Jin Ah, was featured in the song, "U".[14]

RM collaborated with Marvel for Fantastic Four film's soundtrack. The digital single, "Fantastic" featuring Mandy Ventrice, was released on August 4, through Melon, Genie, Naver Music and other music sites.[17]

On August 30, 2016, Homme's new single "Dilemma" was released, which RM co-produced alongside Bang Shi Hyuk.[18] This was his second official production after his participation on BTS' song "Epilogue: Young Forever"[19] 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.[20][21] 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"[22] and the track was released worldwide on December 15 at midnight across all major music streaming sites.[23][24][25][26] The track reached No. 18 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, and helped RM reach No. 46 on the Emerging Artists Chart for the week of January 8, 2018.[27] 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.[28]


In an interview for Hiphopplaya webzine, RM received praise from Warren G, who stated: "If I comment from an artist and a producer point of view, Rap Monster is one of the best rappers I know. The way he delivers his rap is outstanding".[29] On Mnet's "4 Things Show", Tiger JK from MFBTY stated that RM is "the industry junior who changed his preconceptions about idols."[30] In July 2016, 2 books called "HipHopHada" were released. They consist of the self-written life histories of 42 Korean hip hop artists, including RM.[31][32] In 2017, American hip-hop magazine XXL released a list entitled "10 Korean Rappers You Should Know," which also included RM. Writer Peter A. Berry compares RM to “Pitbull or Flo Rida for those pop vibes,” and promises, “RM rarely fails to live up to his name.” He describes the young star as “one of the region’s most dexterous rappers, capable of switching flows effortlessly as he glides across an array of diverse instrumentals”.[33][34]


Charted songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album

As lead artist
feat. Mandy Ventrice
2015 Fantastic Four
"Reflection" 2016 38 Wings
"Perfect Christmas"
with Jo Kwon, Lim Jeong-hee, Joohee & Jungkook
2013 45 Non-album singles
with Warren G
2015 74
As featured artist
"BuckuBucku" (부끄부끄)
MFBTY feat. EE, Rap Monster & Dino-J
2015 WondaLand
Primary feat. Kwon Jin-ah & Rap Monster
22 2
"Gajah" (코끼리)
Gaeko feat. Rap Monster
2017 17 Non-album single
"Champion Remix"
Fall Out Boy feat. RM[43]
TBA Mania
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Title Album details

Other appearances

Year Title Artist(s) Album
2012 "Blue Bloods" Dynamic Certified feat. Rap Monster Black Power
2015 "ProMeTheUs" (튀겨) Yankie feat. Dok2, Juvie Train, Double K, Rap Monster, Topbob & Don Mills Andre
2017 "Change" Rap Monster feat. Wale Non-album single



Year Network Title Role Episode Note
2014 Mnet 4things Show - Rap Monster Himself 3 Documentary about Rap Monster
2015 tvN Hot Brain: Problematic Men Cast member 1-22 Quiz/knowledge show[45][46]
2016 MBig TV Close-up Observation Diary on Idol: Find Me Himself 2 Reality show about his daily life
KBS Gura-Chacha: Time Slip - New Boy Cast member Pilot Reality show[47]


  1. ^ "랩몬스터 프로필" (in Korean). Naver. 
  2. ^ "Songs credited to RM". Retrieved 4 December 2017. 
  3. ^ "Rap Monster Interview, Beats1 Noisey". Beats1 Interview through Apple Music. Retrieved 2017-10-29. 
  4. ^ "방탄소년단 랩몬스터, 활동명 RM으로 변경 "환영해주셨으면"" (in Korean). Sports Donga. 
  5. ^ "BTS Profile". BTS Official Website. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ "[INTERVIEW] Bangtan Boys". Cuvism Magazine (in Korean). July 22, 2013. Archived from the original on 5 July 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Rap Monster Is Proving Assumptions About Korean Idol Rappers Wrong | NOISEY". Retrieved 2015-08-08. 
  8. ^ "[INTERVIEW/TRANS](HIPHOPPLAYA) Rap Monster: 'even if it's to say bad things, i really hope you would listen to the mixtape' [150324]". 2015-03-24. Retrieved 2017-09-17. 
  9. ^ "Bangtan Boys 방탄소년단 Revolutionize KPop". The Daily Dot. 2016-05-12. Retrieved 2017-09-17. 
  10. ^ "Get To Know BTS: J-Hope". Billboard. 2017-06-30. Retrieved 2017-12-08. 
  11. ^ "[Video] BTS Rides the School Bus in Making of 'No More Dream'". Retrieved 2015-08-08. 
  12. ^ "YouTube". Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "[Video] BTS′ Rap Monster and Warren G Call Out All the Haters in ′P.D.D′ MV". Retrieved 2015-08-08. 
  14. ^ a b "Rap Monster is Proving Assumptions about Korean Idol Rappers Wrong". Noisey:Music by Vice. May 27, 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "[Video] MFBTY Breaks It Down with EE, BTS′ Rap Monster and Dino-J in ′Buckubucku′ MV". Retrieved 2015-08-08. 
  16. ^ "The 50 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2015". Spin. December 16, 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-18. 
  17. ^ "랩몬스터, 마블 원작 '판타스틱4' 콜라보 음원 '판타스틱' 4일 발매 (in Korean)". Retrieved 2015-08-01. 
  18. ^ "방시혁·랩몬스터, 옴므 신곡 지원사격..30일 '딜레마' 발표 - 스타뉴스". Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  19. ^ "방탄소년단, 신곡 첫번째 MV 공개..랩몬스터 프로듀싱 참여". Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  20. ^ Herman, Tamar (March 20, 2017). "Wale & BTS' Rap Monster Team Up for Politically Tinged 'Change'". Billboard. Retrieved December 14, 2017. 
  21. ^ Mench, Chris (March 21, 2017). "Wale & South Korean MC Rap Monster Demand "Change" On Their Political Collab". GENIUS. Retrieved December 14, 2017. 
  22. ^ Kelley, Caitlin (December 14, 2017). "RM From BTS Featured on Fall Out Boy 'Champion' Remix Out Tonight". Billboard. Retrieved December 14, 2017. 
  23. ^ Herman, Tamar (December 15, 2017). "Fall Out Boy Teams Up With BTS' RM For 'Champion' Remix: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved December 20, 2017. 
  24. ^ McIntyre, Hugh (December 14, 2017). "FALL OUT BOY AND BTS' RM TEAM UP FOR 'CHAMPION' REMIX". FUSE. Retrieved December 14, 2017. 
  25. ^ Sun, Kyung Mi (December 14, 2017). "[뮤직톡톡] 방탄소년단 RM, 세계 유명 밴드 폴아웃보이와 콜라보.."역대급" ("BTS RM's Epic Collaboration with Internationally Famous Band Fall Out Boy" )". OSEN. Retrieved December 14, 2017. 
  26. ^ Seo, Kyung (December 14, 2017). "[방탄소년단 RM, 세계적인 밴드 폴 아웃 보이와 컬래버···'Champion' 리믹스 피처링". SEDaily. Retrieved December 14, 2017. 
  27. ^
    • "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles". Billboard. Retrieved December 27, 2017. 
    • "Emerging Artists". Billboard. Retrieved December 27, 2017. 
  28. ^ Benjamin, Jeff. "BTS' RM Hits the Bubbling Under Hot 100, Rock Charts & More With Fall Out Boy Remix". Retrieved 29 December 2017. 
  29. ^ "[INTERVIEW] Even if You say Bad things, I really hope you would listen to the mixtape". Hiphopplaya (in Korean). March 24, 2015. Archived from the original on 24 March 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  30. ^ "Youtube". 150324 4 Things Show Rapmon Cut. March 25, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  31. ^ "랩이 캡, 힙합이 밥 …42명이 book돋운 한국힙합". Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  32. ^ "42명의 생생한 목소리…한국 힙합 20년 족보 만들다" (in Korean). 2016-08-01. Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  33. ^ "G-Dragon, Rap Monster, CL, Epik High, Zico, And More Named As "10 Korean Rappers You Should Know" By XXL Magazine | Soompi". Retrieved 2017-09-17. 
  34. ^ "10 Korean Rappers You Should Know - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2017-09-17. 
  35. ^
    • "Reflection". Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  36. ^ "2015년 33주차 Download Chart". 
  37. ^ "2016년 10월 Download Chart". Gaon Music Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. 
  38. ^ Cumulative sales of "Perfect Christmas":
    • "2013년 52주차 Download Chart". 
    • "2014년 01주차 Download Chart". 
  39. ^ "2015년 11주차 Download Chart". 
  40. ^ "2015년 13주차 Download Chart". 
  41. ^ Cumulative sales of "U":
    • "2015년 04월 Download Chart". 
    • "2015년 20주차 Download Chart". 
  42. ^ "2017년 04월 Download Chart". 
  43. ^ Kelley, Caitlin. "RM From BTS Featured on Fall Out Boy 'Champion' Remix Out Tonight". Retrieved 15 December 2017. 
  44. ^ Benjamin, Jeff. "BTS' RM Hits the Bubbling Under Hot 100, Rock Charts & More With Fall Out Boy Remix". Retrieved 29 December 2017. 
  45. ^ "[단독] 블락비 박경, '뇌섹남' 합류…랩몬 공석 채운다". Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  46. ^ "'문제적남자' 측 "박경, 고정 멤버로 출연"". 네이트뉴스 (in Korean). Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  47. ^ "미리보기 > 방송보기 > 구라차차 타임슬립 - 새소년 > 연예오락 > KBS". KBS. Retrieved 2016-09-15. 

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