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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. In 2018, he released his second solo mixtape Mono. 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, which means "Real Me"[6]


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.

In October 2018, he was awarded the fifth-class Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit by the President of South Korea along with the other members.

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.

RM released his second mixtape,Mono on October 23, 2018. Mono debuted at number 1 on the global iTunes Top Albums chart, and later peaked at number 1 in 88 countries.


See also: BTS Discography


Digital singles



  • Blue Bloods from "Black Power" (Dynamic Certified feat. RM) (2012)
  • Buckubucku (부끄부끄) from "WondaLand" (MFBTY feat. EE, RM and Dino-J) (2015)
  • ProMeTheUs (튀겨) from "Andre" (Yankie feat. Dok2, Juvie Train, Double K, RM, Topbob and Don Mills) (2015)
  • U from "2" (Primary feat. Kwon Jin-ah and RM) (2015)
  • Timeless from "X : Rebirth Of Tiger JK" (Tiger JK feat. RM) (2018)

Unofficial songs

See also: Unofficial songs



Year Title Role Note
2018 Burn The Stage: The Movie Himself Screening in select Theatres
2019 BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul Himself Released for one day only

Variety shows

Year Title Network Notes
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 Title Network Notes
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 Credited as Artist(s)
Appeared Singer
2014 "Perfect Christmas" Jo Kwon, Lim Jeong-hee, Joohee and Jungkook
2015 "P.D.D" Warren G
"Buckubucku" MFBTY, EE and Dino-J
"Do You"
"Fantastic" Mandy Ventrice
2017 "Change" Wale


◯ = 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.)
Boy In Luv (Japanese Single) Boy In Luv (Japanese Ver.) [42]
N.O (Japanese Ver.) [43]
Single Danger (Mo-Blue-Mix)
(Feat. Thanh)
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)|Love is Not Over
(Full Length Edition)]]
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]
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]
(Full Length Edition)
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]
Single Waste It On Me [114]
Unofficial songs Promise [115]

Discography as a soloist

Album Song Writing Composer Producer Ref.
Single P.D.D (with Warren G) [116]
WondaLand Bucku Bucku (MFBTY feat. EE, RM & Dino-J) [117]
2 U (feat. Kwon Jin-ah and RM) [118]
RM Voice [119]
Do You [120]
Awakening [121]
Monster [122]
Throw Away [123]
Joke [124]
God Rap [125]
Rush (feat. Krizz Kaliko) [126]
Life [127]
Adrift [128]
I Believe [129]
Andre ProMeTheUs (feat. Dok2, Juvie Train, Double K, Rap Monster, Topbob & Don Mills) [130]
Single Fantastic (feat. Mandy Ventrice) [131]
Gajah (feat. Rap Monster) [132]
Change (feat. Wale) [133]
Mono Tokyo [134]
Seoul (prod. HONNE) [135]
Moonchild [136]
Badbye (with eAeon) [137]
Uhgood [138]
Everythingoes (with NELL) [139]
Forever Rain [140]
X : Rebirth Of Tiger JK Timeless (Feat. RM of BTS) [141]

Other songs

Album Song Artist Writing Composer Producer Ref.
Single Party (XXO) GLAM [142]
I Like That [143]
Dilemma Homme [144]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2018 Soompi Awards Best Collaboration "Change" (with Wale) Nominated
2019 Best Male Solo RM Pending


  • He is the fourth oldest and the fourth youngest in the band.
  • He is 24 years old in the US age and 26 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 more than 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 (especially Samgyeopsal) 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 'RKive' (formerly called Mon Studio).
  • His favourite dance move is swinging his arms from side to side.
  • He is a great fan of the computer game ‘Maple Story'.
  • He is a great supporter of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • RM's BT21 character is a Koala named Koya. Koya is always seen thinking with a sleepy expression. Koya has a purple nose because of the infamous saying V said in a concert, "I purple you”,Which shows their love and support to ARMY.
  • His favorite character is Ryan from Kakao Friends/Talk.
  • He has lost his passport multiple times.
  • BTS has been around since 2010, but they debuted in 2013 because of the constant member change-up. RM is the only member left from the original line up.
  • His ideal type is someone who is tall, feminine, smart, and has a nice voice.
  • RM had to quit Problematic Men because of how popular they got. However, he made a brief appearance for the 1 year anniversary of the show as the cast called him.
  • 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. (Burn The Stage EP. 3 & 6)
  • He claims to have never been successfully able to blow a bubble with bubblegum. (Run BTS! EP. 50)
  • He is currently the only member who doesn't have a driver's license.
  • His main goal in life is to truly love himself.
  • When asked what is his favorite hair color that he's tried before, he said he likes silver the most. (Buzzfeed Puppy Interview 2018)
  • Namjoon likes to collect figures and toys of different kinds. They can be seen throughout his studio on shelves inside of glass cases or scattered about in his room.
  • RM once mentioned that he wants to date a foreigner.
  • If he was a girl, he said he would date J-Hope because he is like the mother at the dorm.
  • He likes clear weather.
  • Namjoon’s father calls him Jooni Mini.
  • Namjoon was once a center in a basketball team.
  • RM gets panicked when he can’t find his lip balm.
  • Namjoon said if he didn’t live in Korea he would want to live in Australia.
  • RM's favorite quote is 'Team work makes dream work'.
  • Hobbies: Surfing the web, walking in a park, cycling, photography, mountain climbing.
  • He is good at ice-skating.
  • RM’s TOEIC (The Test of English for International Communication) score was 900.
  • His image before debut was a neat and quiet student.
  • His Spotify playlist is called: RM’s Heavy Rotations
  • Has a total of 2 ear piercings. (1 on the right, and 1 on the left)

Family Tree

Younger Sister



  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. Information of the Song "Waste It On Me" on Naver
  115. Track Info of "Promise" on Genius
  116. Track Info of "P.D.D" on Genius
  117. Information of the Song "Bucku Bucku (MFBTY feat. EE, Rap Monster & Dino-J)" on Melon
  118. Information of the Song "U (feat. Kwon Jin-ah and RM) " on Melon
  119. Track Info of "Voice" on Genius
  120. Track Info of "Do You" on Genius
  121. Track Info of "Awakening" on Genius
  122. Track Info of "Monster" on Genius
  123. Track Info of "Throw Away" on Genius
  124. Track Info of "Joke" on Genius
  125. Track Info of "God Rap" on Genius
  126. Track Info of "Rush (feat. Krizz Kaliko)" on Genius
  127. Track Info of "Life" on Genius
  128. Track Info of "Adrift" on Genius
  129. Track Info of "I Believe" on Genius
  130. Information of the Song "ProMeTheUs (feat. Dok2, Juvie Train, Double K, Rap Monster, Topbob & Don Mills)" on Melon
  131. Information of the Song "Fantastic (feat. Mandy Ventrice)" on Melon
  132. Information of the Song "" on Melon
  133. RM, Wale - Change on Soundcloud
  134. "Tokyo" on Soundcloud
  135. "Seoul (prod. HONNE)" on Soundcloud
  136. "Moonchild" on Soundcloud
  137. "Badbye (with eAeon)" on Soundcloud
  138. "Uhgood" on Soundcloud
  139. "Everythingoes (with NELL)" on Soundcloud
  140. "Forever Rain" on Soundcloud
  141. Information of the Song "Timeless (Feat. RM of BTS)" on Melon
  142. "PARTY (XXO) - 100000378510" on KOMCA
  143. "I LIKE THAT - 100000418729" on KOMCA
  144. Information of the Song "Dilemma" on Melon


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