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Rap Monster at Seoul Music Awards on January 19, 2017 (1).jpg
RM at the Seoul Music Awards in January 2017
Native name 김남준
Born Kim Nam-joon
(1994-09-12) September 12, 1994 (age 24)
Ilsan-gu, Goyang, South Korea
Residence Hannam-dong, Seoul, South Korea[1]
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2013 (2013)–present
Labels Big Hit Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gim Nam-jun
McCune–Reischauer Kim Namchun
RM signature.svg

Kim Nam-joon (Hangul김남준; born September 12, 1994),[2] better known as RM (formerly 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' main songwriters and music producers, he has over 100 songs accredited to his name by the Korea Music Copyright Association.[3]


RM was born on September 12, 1994, in Ilsan, South Korea.[4] His family includes a mother, father, and little sister.[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] RM is fluent in English, which he learned with his mother as a child and through watching Friends.[8][9] He has described himself as an atheist.[10]



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 and dancer Jung Ho-seok, who later became known as Suga and J-Hope respectively.[11][12] 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.[13][14] He has produced and written lyrics for a variety of tracks on all of BTS' albums.

Solo work

RM at KCON Los Angeles in 2016.

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.[15]

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)."[7][16]

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".[17]

On April 9, 2015, Primary released his EP, 2-1, on which RM, along with Kwon Jin-ah, was featured in the song, "U".[7]

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.[18]

On August 30, 2016, Homme''s single "Dilemma" was released, which RM co-produced alongside Bang Si-hyuk.[19] This was his second official production after his participation in BTS' song "Epilogue: Young Forever"[20] 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.[21][22] 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"[23] and the track was released worldwide on December 15 at midnight across all major music streaming sites.[24] 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.[25] 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.[26]


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".[27] He has received much praise for his natural flow and his meaningful lyrics.[28] His mixtape incorporated topics such as the pursuit of dreams and happiness and the pressures of youth, these showcases RM’s philosophy and reflections on life.[29] Elite-daily described RM as "he is a writer and producer who likes to add his own creative signature to BTS’ music. All those songs from the group have a little bit of RM in them. He’s part of what makes their music so special."[30]


Charted songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
HUN Single

UK OCC[33] US World
As lead artist
feat. Mandy Ventrice
2015 Fantastic Four
"Reflection" 2016 38 Wings
"Trivia 承: Love" 2018 20 56 66 9 Love Yourself: Answer
"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]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Title Album details
Track listing
  1. Voice (목소리)
  2. Do You
  3. Awakening (각성 / 覺醒)
  4. Monster
  5. Throw Away (버려)
  6. Joke (농담)
  7. God Rap
  8. Rush feat. Krizz Kaliko
  9. Life
  10. Drift (표류)
  11. I Believe

Other songs

Year Title Format Other Notes
2013 "Rap Monster"[45] Digital download, streaming N/A
"Where U At"[46]
"Favorite Girl"[47]
"Like A Star"[48] with Jungkook
"Adult Child"[49] with Suga & Jin
2014 "Too Much"[50] N/A
"RM Cyper Ruff"[52]
2015 "Unpack Your Bags"[53] with DJ Soulscape
2017 "Always"[54] N/A
"4 O'Clock"[55] with V
2018 "땡 (Ddaeng)"[56] with Suga and J-Hope

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

Writing and production credits

All song credits are adapted from the Korea Music Copyright Association's database, unless otherwise noted.[57]

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Year Artist Album Song
2012 GLAM Party (XXO) (Single) Party (XXO)
2013 I Like That (Single) I Like That
BTS 2 Cool 4 Skool We Are Bulletproof Pt. 2
No More Dream
I Like It
O!RUL8,2? Intro: O!RUL8,2?
We On
If I Ruled the World
BTS Cypher Pt. 1
Attack on Bangtan
Satoori Rap
RM, Jungkook, Jo Kwon, Lim Jeong Hee, & Joo Hee of 8eight Non-album single Perfect Christmas
2014 BTS Skool Luv Affair Intro: Skool Luv Affair
Boy in Luv
Where Did You Come From?
Just One Day
BTS Cypher Pt. 2: Triptych
Miss Right
I Like It (Slow Jam Remix)
Spine Breaker
Dark & Wild What Am I To You?
War of Hormone
Hip Hop Lover
Let Me Know
BTS Cypher Pt.3: Killer feat. Supreme Boi
What Are You Doing?
Would You Turn off Your Cellphone?
Blanket Kick
Look Here
2nd Grade
Wake Up The Stars
Jump (Japanese version)
Danger (Japanese version)
Boy In Luv (Japanese version)
Just One Day (Japanese version)
I Like It (Japanese version)
I Like It Pt. 2
No More Dream (Japanese version)
Attack on Bangtan (Japanese version)
N.O. (Japanese version)
Wake Up
2015 Non-album single Changmin's Music Plaza (Ballad version)
Changmin's Music Plaza (Hip Hop version)
RM P.D.D. with Warren G
BTS The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1 I Need U
Hold Me Tight
Boyz with Fun
Converse High
Moving On
MFBTY Wondaland BuckuBucku feat. EE, Rap Monster & Dino-J
Yankie Andre Prometheus feat. Dok2, Juvie Train, Double K, Rap Monster, Topbob & Don Mills
Primary 2-1 U feat. Kwon Jin-ah & Rap Monster
RM RM Voice
Do You?
Throw Away
God Rap
Rush feat. Krizz Kaliko
I Believe
Fantastic Four OST Fantastic feat. Mandy Ventrice
BTS The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2 Run
Whalien 52
Ma City
Silver Spoon
Dead Leaves
2016 The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever Epilogue: Young Forever
I Need U (Urban Mix)
I Need U (Remix)
Run (Ballad Mix)
Run (Alternative Mix)
Butterfly (Alternative Mix)
Save Me
Homme Non-album single Dilemma
BTS Youth Introduction: Youth
Run (Japanese version)
Fire (Japanese version)
Dope (Japanese version)
Good Day
Save Me (Japanese version)
Boys with Fun (Japanese version)
Baepsae (Japanese version)
Wishing on A Star
Butterfly (Japanese version)
For You
I Need U (Japanese version)
Epilogue: Young Forever (Japanese version)
Wings Intro: Boy Meets Evil
Blood Sweat & Tears
BTS Cypher Pt. 4
Am I Wrong
21st Century Girls
Two! Three!
Interlude: Wings
2017 You Never Walk Alone Spring Day
Not Today
Outro: Wings
A Supplementary Story: You Never Walk Alone
Gaeko Non-album single Gajah feat. Rap Monster
RM & Wale Change[58]
RM & V 4 O'Clock[59]
BTS Love Yourself: Her Intro: Serendipity
Best of Me
Pied Piper
Mic Drop
Outro: Her
Seo Taiji 25 Project Come Back Home
2018 Face Yourself Intro: Ringwanderung
Best of Me (Japanese version)
Blood Sweat & Tears (Japanese version)
DNA (Japanese version)
Not Today (Japanese version)
MIC Drop (Japanese version)
Crystal Snow
Spring Day (Japanese version)
Love Yourself: Tear Intro: Singularity
Fake Love
The Truth Untold
Love Maze
Magic Shop
Airplane Pt. 2
So What
Outro: Tear
RM, Suga, J-Hope Non-album release 땡 (Ddaeng)[56]
BTS Love Yourself: Answer Euphoria
Serendipity (Full length edition)
Trivia: Love
I'm Fine
Answer: Love Myself
Fake Love (Rocking Vibe Mix)



Year Network Program Note(s) Ref.
2015 SBS Inkigayo with Sungjae (BtoB) [60]
2016 with Jin, Kei & Mijoo (Lovelyz) [61]
with Jin [62]
2017 Mnet M Countdown with J-Hope & Jimin [63]

Music videos

Year Title Length Director(s) Ref.
2015 "Do You" 3:08 Woogie Kim (GDW) [64][65]
"Awakening" 2:40 Unknown [66][65]
"Joke" 3:19 [67][65]


Year Network Title Role Episode Note
2014 Mnet 4things Show - Rap Monster Himself 3 Documentary about Rap Monster[68]
2015 tvN Hot Brain: Problematic Men Cast member 1-22 Quiz/knowledge show[69]
2016 MBig TV Close-up Observation Diary on Idol: Find Me Himself 2 Reality show about his daily life[citation needed]
KBS Gura-Chacha: Time Slip - New Boy Cast member Pilot Reality show[70]

Trailers and short films

Year Title Length Director(s) Note Ref.
2014 "Intro:What Am I To You?" 2:53 Unknown Animation [71]
2016 "Reflection #5" 3:02 YongSeok Choi (Lumpens) [72]


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External links

  • Media related to RM at Wikimedia Commons