RM (rapper)

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RM in November 2023
Kim Nam-joon

(1994-09-12) September 12, 1994 (age 29)
Dongjak-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active2010 (2010)–present
Awards Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit (2018)
Musical career
LabelsBig Hit
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Nam-jun
McCune–ReischauerKim Namchun

Kim Nam-joon (Hangul: 김남준; born September 12, 1994),[1] better known as RM (formerly Rap Monster), is a South Korean rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He is the leader of and a rapper in South Korean boy group BTS. He also sings his own songs. He has worked with artists such as Wale, Younha, Warren G, Gaeko, Krizz Kaliko, MFBTY, Fall Out Boy, Primary, and Lil Nas X.

Early life[change | change source]

He was born on September 12, 1994, in Dongjak-gu, a district in Seoul, and grew up in Ilsan-gu, another district in Seoul, where his family moved when he was four or five.[2][3][4] He has a younger sister.[5]

As a child, RM largely learned English through watching Friends with his mother.[6][7] As a student, he wrote poetry and often received awards for his writings.[8] He posted his work to an online poetry website for roughly one year, where he received some attention. Through this, RM grew interested in pursuing a literary career but decided against it.[8]

Songs[change | change source]

Below is a list of RM's own songs. To see songs he has made as a member of BTS, see BTS.

Mixtapes[change | change source]

  • RM (2015)
  • Mono (2018)

References[change | change source]

  1. "랩몬스터 프로필" (in Korean). Naver.
  2. "BTS Profile". BTS Official Website. Archived from the original on March 27, 2019. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
  3. Kim, Ho-jik (December 10, 2017). "[현장] 방탄소년단(BTS) RM-슈가, 서울시 홍보대사 소감 "대한민국 대표라는 마음에 영광"". Topstarnews (in Korean). Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  4. Song, Myŏng-sŏn (2016). Hiphap hada : Han'guk, hiphap kŭrigo sam (Ch'op'an ed.). Sŏul-si. ISBN 979-11-86559-11-6. OCLC 987381114. I was born in 1994 and lived in Seoul until I was 4. My mother and father came to Seoul without any footholds, and after suffering for a while, they wanted to settle down and when I was 4 we ended up moving to Ilsan. Therefore, our family's main house is still in Ilsan.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  5. "[더스타프로필] 방탄소년단 랩몬스터, 감출수 없는 '섹시 예찬론자' 본능". chosun (in Korean). April 30, 2015. Archived from the original on July 22, 2020. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  6. Herman, Tamar (June 30, 2017). "Get To Know BTS: Rap Monster". Billboard. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  7. Kim, Jae-Ha (May 30, 2017). "BTS's Rap Monster talks travel". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on December 4, 2019. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Song, Myeong-seon (2016). 힙합하다 1: 한국, 힙합 그리고 삶 [Let's Do Hip Hop: Korea, Hip Hop, and Life] (in Korean). ISBN 9791186559116.