K-Trend | June.21.2024

RM: The Journey of BTS's Charismatic Leader and Talented Musician


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RM, also known as Kim Namjoon, is not just the leader of the globally renowned South Korean boy group BTS but also a distinguished music producer, singer-songwriter, and rapper. His journey in the world of music is a testament to his passion, talent, and hard work, making him an inspirational figure in the music industry.


Real Name: 김남준, 金南俊, Kim Namjoon 

Date of Birth: September 12, 1994 

Nationality: Korea 

Company: HYBE 

Group: BTS 

Position: Leader   





In 2010, upon joining Big Hit Entertainment, RM adopted the stage name 'Rap Monster.' This name, which he used for about five years, originated from a part of a pre-debut promotion song that resonated well with producer Bang Si-hyuk and others.




In May 2017, as BTS's international fame skyrocketed, RM changed his stage name to 'RM,' which stands for both 'Rap Monster' and 'Real Me.' This change coincided with BTS's increased interactions with international media and symbolized a more comprehensive representation of his identity.




RM's leadership in BTS is not just about his position; it's about his thoughtful and mature approach to life and music. Known for his eloquence and profound speeches, RM has left a significant mark with his words, often being referred to as the master of award-winning speeches. He stands as the thoughtful and articulate voice of BTS, embodying both wisdom and humility.