BTS Member Profile and Facts: RM

He’s a rapper, a producer, a writer, and the leader of this influential K-pop group. Still, RM is much more than that. He’s charitable and kind, yet strong and wise. He’s written solo songs and sang with Lil Nas X, but he’s also one of the rappers of BTS. Here’s our profile on the K-pop artist, RM.

RM of BTS | Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Real name Kim Namjoon, RM’s birthday is Sept. 12, 1994

Known as the leader of BTS, Kim Namjoon is a rapper and dancer for this K-pop group. When he first debuted with the boy band, RM’s stage name was “Rap Monster,” inspired by his love and talent for rapping. Since then, the idol’s changed his name to RM, which stands for “Real Me.”

RM released music as a solo artist, (even collaborating with Lil Nas X for a remix of “Old Town Road.) He’s perhaps best known for his work with BTS, being featured in songs like “Boy With Luv” and “DNA.” He’s a talented rapper, producer, and writer, but Kim Namjoon is also an actual genius. When the artist was in school, he scored in the top 1% of the nation in the university entrance examinations for subjects like language, math, foreign language, and social studies. He reportedly has an IQ of 148.

Jin and RM of BTS
Jin and RM of BTS | Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

RM is a BTS member who is fluent in English

During interviews, one of the first things people notice about this BTS member is his English. RM is fluent in the language, often translating for the rest of the group and speaking during live performances. This K-pop idol actually learned the language from watching the American sitcom Friends.

After years of performing overseas, the BTS members each picked up a fair amount of English. Some members, including RM, are now fluent in Japanese, even performing songs like “Lights” in the language. Namjoon even had a chance to show off his English, during his speech at the United Nations.

BTS performs onstage during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards
BTS performs onstage during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards | Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for dcp

This BTS member even spoke at the United Nations, promoting their ‘Love Myself Campaign’

BTS often uses their platform for the greater good, even partnering with UNICEF, for their “Love Myself Campaign.” During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, RM elaborated on BTS’ message of self-love and acceptance.

“We don’t want to preach ‘Do this or don’t do that,’ because that’s not the way that we want to spread our message,” RM said. “Like for example, say, Anna from New York or Marc from Rio or me or you, we have different looks, different races, different parents and backgrounds, different weather, whatever. Everything’s different.”

“We’re born with different lives,” the artist continued. “But you cannot choose some things. So we thought that love, the real meaning of it, starts with loving ourselves and accepting some ironies and some destinies that we have from the very start. But we never chose that, so instead of preaching or [giving] orders, that’s why we committed to loving yourself and that’s why I started with ‘I’m just an ordinary boy from city near Seoul in South Korea’ at our U.N. speech.”

Aside from his work with UNICEF, RM often supports other nonprofits and causes related to music. For his birthday, the artist donated 100 million Korean won to music education causes for hearing impaired students.

BTS’ music, including their recently released album, Map of the Soul: Persona, is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and most streaming platforms. To learn more about the Love Myself Campaign and to donate, visit their website.