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Kim Nam-joon (Hangul: 김남준) better known as RM (formerly Rap Monster), is a South Korean rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He is the main rapper and leader of BTS, managed under BigHit Entertainment
RM was born on September 12 (a Virgo), 1994, in Ilsan, South Korea. His family includes a mother, father and sister.

Childhood and School

Namjoon often says he was an ugly child as he was chubby. (Cutest kid ever. i don’t know what he is talking about.)

Namjoon grew up in Illsan, Seoul South Korea with his Mother Father and little sister. He had a pretty happy childhood and was very good in school.

He learned Korean and Japanese in school.And he also learned fluent English by watching TV show ‘Friends’ with his Mother.

Namjoon studied in New Zealand for a while which helped him learn better English which he considered extremely important.

RM has said rapping helped him get over stress of studies and days when he worked late at the night studying for his exams.

He attended Global Cyber University and majored with honours in Broadcasting and Performing Art. He was among the top ranking in the national school exam and had a TOEIC score of over 900, which is high. He also has a high IQ of 148.

RM once said, “When I was in the middle school I was an honor student, and I also the type of person who wanted to be class president but I got into the company and my life as a trainee started. So I just went to school to sleep. Before entering the company I also had a result to be able the enter the 1st of the top of the nation, but after, I fell to 2nd 3rd.”


Namjoon began his career in music as an underground solo artist with the stage name Runch Randa. In 2008, he briefly rapped with a group in the underground hip-hop community of South Korea with fellow idol Zico of block b. He was also part of a Korean hip-hop group called ‘Daenamhyup’
RM was recruited as BTS’ first member back in 2010 during a Big Hit talent audition.On June 13, 2013, RM made his debut as leader and main rapper of

BTS on Mnet’s M! countdown with the track “No More Dream” from their debut single album 2 Cool 4 Skool. Since then he wrote the lyrics for a number of tracks for the group.

In his solo activities he has released 2 mixtapes and collaborate with many artists such as Wale, Warren G, Gaeko and more!

“RM” is Namjoons first Mixtape and contains 11 tracks. It was released for digital download and soundcloud March 20, 2015.

“If you look at the album cover, my face is divided in black and white. I wanted to show that I was two-faced. I’m positive at some times and then negative at other times. I speak of hopes at some points and then forget about it later. You can just see it as something I made by pulling out the various rooms inside myself. I wanted to express the thought of, “There are this many sides inside of me, but in the end, this is me, and you who’s listening to this is just you too.” I normally enjoyed India Arie’s ‘Just Do You’. It’s a song that gave a lot of comfort to me when I felt confused. I believe that the message of this song gave a lot of influence towards this mixtape. That’s why the song that represents the entire message for this mixtape is ‘Do You’.”

“mono” is the second mixtape by RM. It was released on October 23, 2018. It features seven tracks and was accompanied by an animated music video for the final track, Forever rain. RM has called Mono a playlist, while others have referred to it as a mixtape. It features songs sung and rapped in both Korean and English. Mono reached #1 on iTunes in 90 countries, becoming the Korean album with most #1’s on iTunes

He has made a number of music videos that include ‘School of Tears’, ‘Adult Child’, ‘Do You’, ‘Change’ and most recently he has released a music video for song ‘Forever rain’ and lyric videos ‘for Moonchild’ and ‘Tokyo’.
He has been featured in the talk show ‘Hot Brain: Problematic Men’ where he is part of panel of celebrities that discuss social issues that affect youth today.
RM has been featured in a number of magazines and has been included in the Korean book called ‘HipHopHada’ that features Korea’s leading hip-hop artists. He has also been covered in the American magazine XXL as one of South Korea’s most promising rappers.
Kim Nam-joon has made many endorsements and appeared in a number of commercials for Korean brands. He is the brand ambassador for the ‘K’hawah’ popular coffee brand made in South Korea.
In 2013, RM was honoured at the Golden Disk Awards and MelOn Music Awards. Again in 2013, he gained recognition at the Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards and Seoul Music Awards.


His family consists of his Mother, Father, Little sister and him. He is very close to them.

He is Especially close and has a good relationship with his mother. They are seen in many pictures together and She has also attended many BTS events.

He has a sister (Kim Geong Min) who is around fellow member Jungkooks age. In an interview he was asked if he will ever introduce his sister to Jungkook to which he immediately answered no (Protective older brother poping out)

Quick Facts
Real name: Kim Nam-Joon
Birthday: September 12 1994
Zodiac sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ilsan, South Korea
Height: 181 cm (5’11)
Weight: 67 kg (148 lbs)
Blood Type: A
RM’s Spotify list:

-During his primary school days he wanted to be a security guard of a housing society when he grew up.
-His net worth is rumored to be around 8 million USD.
-In 2015 he released his first mixtape titled RM.
-His favourite food is Korean knife noodles.
-He is a supporter of LGBTQ rights.
-He is an atheist.
-RM was the first member to join BTS.
-Namjoon’s old stage name was Runch Randa.
-He hates seafood.
-He has a younger sister who is the same age as Jungkooks.
-He loves to read and has even suggested books that ARMY should read.
-He can sleep under light.
-Namjoon prefers Cats over dogs.
-Rap Monster’s TOEIC (The Test of English for International Communication) score was 900.
-He would have dated J-Hope, if he was a girl.
-He attended Global Cyber University alongside Suga and J-Hope.
-BTS chose RM as the most romantic person in the group.
-He snores in his sleep.
-Suga once said that RM is like a Wikipedia.
-He hated dancing for many years . -In his opinion his charming points are: his style, his voice, his figure, his dimples, his brain.

-He has studied in New Zealand before.
-He has composed/produced 100+ songs.
-RM wore sunglasses all the time in “No more dream” era, because he was afraid to be judged for his looks. (He is so handsome tho)
-The first CD he bought was TVXQ’s “The way U are”.
-Rap Monster’s ideal type: “sexy, smart. Someone that is thoughtful and confident”.
-RM once said that none of the celebrities live up to his ideal type.
-He had a rap battle with Zico of blockB who was also a member of hiphop group Zico.
-RMs BT21 character is a koala named Koya.
-He has a dog called Rap mon.
-His ideal type is someone who is tall, feminine, smart, and has a nice voice.
-RM revealed that he spent most of his life as ‘RM’ and barely got to be Kim Namjoon. He admitted being very occupied and busy with idol life is hard, barely being able to spend time with family, friends, and do activities as a “normal” person would be able to do. He also mentioned that he feels sad and lonely at times and a way to cope with it is to express his thoughts and emotions through music.
-Namjoon changed his stage name from Rap Monster to RM.

bio written by Lila @Kpopgurl17