Kim Nam-joon (born September 12, 1994; Hangul김남준), better known as Rap Monster, is a South Korean rapper, singer-songwriter, composer, and producer. He is the leader and main rapper of the South Korean boy group BTS, managed under Big Hit Entertainment. In 2015, he released his first solo mixtape, RM.


Rap Monster was born on September 12, 1994, in Ilsan, South Korea and has one younger sister.[2] 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.[4] He is part of the underground Korean hip hop crew called Daenamhyup, consisting of the members Marvel J, l11ven, Supreme Boi, Iron, Kyum2, Kidoh, Samsoon, Illipse and DJ Snatch. The group has been active since 2009.[5]

Rap Monster is known for his intelligence. He achieved an 850 on the TOEIC when he was in junior high.[6] He was part of the top 1.3% of the nation in the preparatory university entrance exams for language, math, foreign language and social studies, and has an IQ of 148.[7] Alongside his native language Korean, he is also fluent in English.



On June 13, 2013, Rap Monster 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.[8][9] He has produced and written lyrics for a variety of tracks on all of BTS's albums.

Solo work

Rap Monster has collaborated with many respected 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 LA.[10] In an interview for Hiphopplaya webzine, Rap Monster received praise from Warren G, who stated: "If I comment from an artist and a producer point of view, Rap Monster is one of the best rappers I know. The way he delivers his rap is outstanding".[12]

On December 31, 2014, BTS performed an intro performance on MBC Gayo Daejejeon, which featured Krizz Kaliko's song "Spaz". Krizz Kaliko and Rap Monster later produced the song: "Rush", which was released on March 20 on BTS's SoundCloud, along with Rap Monster's solo mixtape.[2]

Along with EE and Dino J, Rap Monster collaborated with hip hop project group MFBTY for the song, "Bucku Bucku (부끄부끄)". He was featured in "Bucku Bucku"'s music video, and also had a cameo in MFBTY's other music video for their song, "Bang Diggy Bang Bang (방뛰기방방)."[2] On the 4things show, Tiger JK from MFBTY stated that Rap Monster is "the industry junior who changed his preconceptions about idols."[2]

On March 10, 2015, a picture of Rap Monster was released on his blog, along with the words: "RM by Rap Monster. You do You, I do I". This picture helped announce that [2] Rap Monster would be releasing his first solo mixtape: RM on March 20.[2] His first track, "Awakening (각성)" was released with a music video on March 12.[2] Two more tracks from his mixtape, "Do You" and "Joke (농담)" also had music videos released on YouTube.[2][2] The mixtape was ranked 48th on Spin's "50 Best Hip Hop Albums of 2015".[2]

On April 9, 2015, Primary released his mini-album, 2-1, on which Rap Monster, along with Kwon Jin Ah, was featured in the song, "U".

For his new album, Andre, Yankie released an animated music video for his track, "ProMeTheUs",on June 5. The song features Rap Monster as well as Dok2, Juvie Train, Double K, Topbob and Don Mills.[22]

Rap Monster collaborated with Marvel for Fantastic Four film's soundtrack. The digital single, "Fantastic" featuring Mandy Ventrice, was released on August 4, through Melon, Genie, Naver Music and other music sites.[23]

On September 20, Rap Monster participated in the 2015 All Force One (A.F.O) Hot & Cool Concert at AX-Korea, along with other hip hop artists: Palo Alto, Verbal Jint, Supreme Boi, Sik-k, and Incredivle.[24]

Other work

On March 23, tvN released the preview for an upcoming variety talk show, Hot Brain: Problematic Men, which features Rap Monster as a panel member. During the show, Rap Monster and five other male celebrities discuss social topics with guests.[25]

Rap Monster is a model for the coffee brand K'hawah, along with Iron and Jimin of AOA.[26]



YearTitleArtistsPeak positionsSalesAlbum
2015"Bucku Bucku"MFBTY feat. EE, Dino J, Rap MonsterWondaLand
"ProMeTheUs"Yankie feat. Dok2, Juvie Train, Double K, Topbob, Don Mills, Rap MonsterAndre
"U"Primary feat. Kwon Jin-ah, Rap Monster32[27]KOR (DL): 164,344+2-1
"Fantastic"Rap Monster feat. Mandy VentriceFantastic Four (2015)


Tracklist and details

YearTitleAlbum Details

Unofficial tracks and covers

YearTitleOther artistsOriginal Track
"Fuck Cockroachez"Zico
"Where U At"
2011"Rap Monster"
"Expensive Girl"Pharrell - Take It Off
2012"Vote Or Just Shut Up"Kanye West - Power
"Let's Introduce Bangtan Room"
"A Typical Trainee's Christmas"Suga, JinKanye West - Christmas in Harlem

Wham - Last Christmas

"School Of Tears"Suga, JinKendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools
"Like A Star"JungkookJ. Cole - Like A Star
"Favorite Girl"Marques Houston - Favorite Girl
2013"Adult Child"Suga, JinCommon - Celebrate
"Regular Girl (Guide Ver.)"Chris Brown, Tyga - Regular Girl
"Naa"Chris Brown - Deuces
"Illest Bitch"Wale - Illest Bitch
"Thinking Bout U"David OhOmarion feat. Rick Ross - Let's Talk
"Glory"Ryan Leslie - Glory
"Waterfalls"JungkookJunggigo - Waterfalls
"Something"Drake - Something
2014"Too Much"Drake - Too Much
"Trouble"JinMaejor - Trouble
"MonterludeBTS - Interlude
"Unpack Your bags"DJ SoulscapeDJ Soulscape - Unpack your bags
2015"Converse High"BTS - Converse High
"Fools"JungkookTroye Sivan - Fools
2016"알아요"JungkookBTS - 알아요

Songwriting and production credits

Year ReleasedArtistTitleAlbumRole
2015BTS"Run"The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2Co-lyricist
"Whalien 52"Co-lyricist
"Ma City"Co-lyricist
"Silver Spoon"Co-lyricist
"Dead Leaves"Co-lyricist
2015BTS"I Need U"The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1Co-lyricist
"Hold Me Tight"Co-lyricist
"Boyz with Fun"Co-lyricist
"Converse High"Co-lyricist
"Moving On"Co-lyricist
2014BTS"Intro: What am I to You"Dark & WildCo-writer
"War of Hormone"Co-writer
"Hip Hop Lover"Co-writer
"Let Me Know"Co-writer
"BTS Cypher Pt. 3: Killer" (featuring Supreme Boi)Co-writer
"Would You Turn off Your cellphone?"Co-writer
"Blanket Kick"Co-writer
"Look Here"Co-writer
"2nd Grade"Co-writer
2013BTS"Intro: O!RUL8,2?"O!RUL8,2?Co-writer
"We On"Co-writer
"If I Ruled The World"Co-writer
"BTS Cypher Pt.1"Co-writer
"Attack On Bangtan"Co-writer
"Satoori Rap"Co-writer


Music videos

2012"Vote Or Just Shut Up"Rap MonsterHimself
"Let's Introduce Bangtan Room"
"A Typical Trainee's Christmas"Rap Monster, Suga, Jin
"School of Tears"
2013"Adult Child"
2014"Unpack Your Bags"Rap Monster, DJ Soulscape
2015"P.D.D."Rap Monster, Warren G
"Awakening"Rap Monster
"Do You"
"Bucku Bucku"MFBTY
"Bang Diggy Bang Bang"Cameo
"ProMeTheUs"Yankie ft Dok2, Juvie Train, Double K, Topbob, Don Mills, Rap MonsterAnimation
"Fantastic"Rap Monster ft Mandy VentriceHimself

Commercial video/CF

2015K'hawha CoffeeSolo
with Iron and Shin Jimin
2016Pumawith BTS
SK Telecom
with BTS
with BTS and Jessi

Show appearance

2013SBS MTVRookie King: Channel BangtanHimself1-8BTS-based Reality Show
2014Mnet4things Show - Rap Monster3Documentary about Rap Monster
American Hustle Life1-8BTS-based Reality Show
Mnet AmericaBTS GO!BTS-based Reality Show
MBC Every 1Weekly IdolGuest with BTS144
ArirangASC After ShowGuest with Jimin56
Guest with Jimin, Jungkook68
After School ClubGuest63
2015tvNHot Brain: Problematic MenCast member1-22
Mnet4 things Show - MFBTYGuest11 (2)Documentary about Tiger JK
Yaman TVGuest with BTS24
KBSHello CounselorGuest with V223
SBSStar King413
Running ManGuest265
Same Bed, Different Dreams32
MBCQuiz to Change the World315
MBC Every 1Weekly IdolGuest with BTS203
ArirangAfter School Club191
2016MBCBirth of a RapstarGuest appearanceDocumentary special
SBSThe Boss is WatchingGuest with BTS1
MBig TVCelebrity BromanceGuest appearance with J-Hope4Mobile reality show with V and Kim Min-jae
Close-up Observation Diary on Idol: Find MeMain2Reality show about his daily life

Other appearances

2013SBSGayo DaejunPerformanceMFBTY with Zico, Baro, Yong Guk, Rap Monster
2014ArirangSimply KPopMC
MBC MusicShow ChampionPerformancewith Yong Guk, Zelo, Suga, Jenissi, Kidoh
KBSMusic BankMCwith Jungkook
2015ArirangSimply KPop
SBSInkigayoSpecial MC
LetvDream ConcertPerformanceMFBTY "Monster" feat. LE, Baro, Suga, Rap Monster
2016KBS25th Seoul Music AwardsPerformanceMFBTY "Bucku Bucku"