RM (rapper)
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RM Rapper

RM
Rap Monster at Seoul Music Awards on January 19, 2017 (1).jpg
RM at the Seoul Music Awards in January 2017
Native name
BornKim Nam-joon
(1994-09-12) September 12, 1994 (age 24)
Ilsan-gu, Goyang, South Korea
ResidenceHannam-dong, Seoul, South Korea[1]
Occupation
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
2013 (2013)-present
LabelsBig Hit Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul???
Hanja???
Revised RomanizationGim Nam-jun
McCune-ReischauerKim Namchun
Signature
RM signature.svg

Kim Nam-joon (Hangul; 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]

Biography

RM was born on September 12, 1994, in Ilsan, South Korea.[4] His family includes a mother, father, and little sister.[5] He credit's Epik High's "Fly" as one of the reasons he got into hip-hop. After hearing it in fifth grade he became interested in the genre.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8] RM is fluent in English, which he learned with his mother as a child and through watching Friends.[9][10] He has described himself as an atheist.[11]

RM was introduced to Bang Si-hyuk, his current CEO, by the rapper Sleepy who had seen RM perform in the underground rap scene. He took down RM's information and gave it to the CEO, who was then inspired to make a group with RM in it after seeing him rap.[12]

Career

BTS

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.[13][14] 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.[15][16] He has produced and written lyrics for a variety of tracks on all of BTS' albums.

In 2018, he was awarded the fifth-class Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit by the President of South Korea along with the other members.[17]

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.[18]

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 ()."[8][19]

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".[20]

On April 9, 2015, Primary released his EP, 2-1, on which RM, along with Kwon Jin-ah, was featured in the song, "U".[8]

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.[21]

On August 30, 2016, Homme's single "Dilemma" was released, which RM co-produced alongside Bang Si-hyuk.[22] This was his second official production after his participation in BTS' song "Epilogue: Young Forever"[23] 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.[24][25] 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"[26] and the track was released worldwide on December 15 at midnight across all major music streaming sites.[27] 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.[28] 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.[29]

On October 23, 2018 RM released his second mixtape entitled Mono.[30] In the same month he became the first Korean artist to rank number one on emerging artists in the United States.[31]

Artistry

In 2017, American hip-hop magazine XXL released a list entitled "10 Korean Rappers You Should Know," which included RM. Writer Peter A. Berry compares RM to "Pitbull or Flo Rida for those pop vibes," and promises that "Rap Monster 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."[32] He has received much praise for his natural flow and his meaningful lyrics.[33] His mixtape RM incorporates topics such as the pursuit of dreams, happiness, and the pressures of youth.[34] Elite-daily described RM as "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."[35]

Discography

Mixtapes

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
AUS
[36]
CAN
[37]
IRE
[38]
ITA
[39]
NLD
[40]
NOR
[41]
SWE
[42]
UK
Down.

[43]
US
[44]
US World[45][46]
RM
Track listing
  1. Voice ()
  2. Do You
  3. Awakening ( / )
  4. Monster
  5. Throw Away ()
  6. Joke ()
  7. God Rap
  8. Rush feat. Krizz Kaliko
  9. Life
  10. Drift ()
  11. I Believe
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 12 N/A
mono.
  • Released: October 23, 2018[30][47]
  • Label: Big Hit Entertainment
  • Format: Streaming, digital download
36 22 37 51 29 17 28 2 26 2
"--" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Charted songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR
Hot

[48]
KOR
Gaon

[49]
HUN
Single

[50]
UK
Down.

[51]
US
Bub.

[29]
US
World

[52]
As lead artist
"Reflection" 2016 N/A 38 -- -- -- -- Wings
"Trivia ?: Love" 2018 8 56 20 66 -- 9 Love Yourself: Answer
Collaborations
"Perfect Christmas"
with Jo Kwon, Lim Jeong-hee, Joohee & Jungkook
2013 N/A 45 -- -- -- -- Non-album singles
"P.D.D"
with Warren G
2015 N/A 74 -- -- -- --
As featured artist
"BuckuBucku" (?)
MFBTY feat. EE, Rap Monster & Dino-J
2015 N/A -- -- -- -- -- WondaLand
"U"
Primary feat. Kwon Jin-ah & Rap Monster
N/A 22 -- -- -- -- 2
"Gajah" ()
Gaeko feat. Rap Monster
2017 -- 17 -- -- -- -- Non-album single
"Champion (Remix)"
Fall Out Boy feat. RM[60]
-- [A] -- -- 18 -- Mania
"Timeless"[62]
Tiger JK feat. RM
2018 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA Drunken Tiger X: Rebirth of Tiger JK
Soundtrack appearances
"Fantastic"
feat. Mandy Ventrice
2015 N/A -- -- -- -- -- Fantastic Four
"--" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other songs

Year Title Format Other notes
2013 "Rap Monster"[64] Digital download, streaming N/A
"Where U At"[65]
"Favorite Girl"[66]
"Like a Star"[67] with Jungkook
"Adult Child"[68] with Suga & Jin
2014 "Too Much"[69] N/A
"Monsterlude"[70]
"RM Cyper Ruff"[71]
2015 "Unpack Your Bags"[72] with DJ Soulscape
2016 "I Know"[73] with Jungkook
2017 "Always"[74] N/A
"4 O'Clock"[75] with V
2018 "? (Ddaeng)"[76] with Suga and J-Hope

Other appearances

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

Writing and production credits

Filmography

Hosting

Year Network Program Note(s) Ref.
2015 SBS Inkigayo with Sungjae (BtoB) [77]
2016 with Jin, Kei & Mijoo (Lovelyz) [78]
with Jin [79]
N/A KCON New York with Ailee [80]
2017 Mnet M Countdown with J-Hope & Jimin [81]

Music videos

Year Title Length Director(s) Note Ref.
2013 "Perfect Christmas" 3:45 Unknown with Jungkook, Jo Kwon, Lim Jeong-hee, & Jo Hee (8eight) [82][83]
2015 "Do You" 3:08 Woogie Kim (GDW) [84][85]
"Awakening" 2:40 Unknown [86][85]
"Joke" 3:19 [87][85]
"P.D.D" 4:18 with Warren G [88][83]
"Fantastic" 3:56 featuring Mandy Ventrice [89]
2017 "Change" 4:49 Beomjin (VM Project Architecture) with Wale [90]
2018 "forever rain" 4:28 Choi Jaehoon Animation [91]
"seoul" 4:33 YongSeok Choi (Lumpens) Lyric video [92]
"moonchild" 3:38 [93]

Television

Year Network Title Role Episode Note
2014 Mnet 4things Show - Rap Monster Himself 3 Documentary about Rap Monster[94]
2015 tvN Hot Brain: Problematic Men Cast member 1-22 Quiz/knowledge show[95]
2016 MBig TV Close-up Observation Diary on Idol: Find Me Himself 2 Reality show about his daily life[96]
KBS Gura-Chacha: Time Slip - New Boy Cast member Pilot Reality show[97]

Trailers and short films

Year Title Length Director(s) Note Ref.
2014 "Intro:What Am I To You?" 2:53 Unknown Animation [98]
2016 "Reflection #5" 3:02 YongSeok Choi (Lumpens) [99]

Notes

  1. ^ "Champion (Remix)" did not enter the Gaon Singles Chart, but it peaked at 57 on the Gaon International Chart.[61]

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  42. ^ References for Sweden:
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  88. ^ References for "P.D.D":
  89. ^ References for "Fantastic":
  90. ^ References for "Change":
  91. ^ References for "forever rain":
  92. ^ References for "seoul":
  93. ^ References for "moonchild":
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  96. ^ "[Close-up Observation Diary on Idol] Find Me - Rap Monster's exciting Friday" (Video). Youtube (in Korean). MBig Tv. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 2018.
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