Kim Nam-joon (born September 12, 1994; Hangul: 김남준), 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. 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 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.
Rap Monster is known for his intelligence. He achieved an 850 on the TOEIC when he was in junior high. 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. 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. He has produced and written lyrics for a variety of tracks on all of BTS's albums.
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. 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".
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.
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)." On the 4things show, Tiger JK from MFBTY stated that Rap Monster is "the industry junior who changed his preconceptions about idols."
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  Rap Monster would be releasing his first solo mixtape: RM on March 20. His first track, "Awakening (각성)" was released with a music video on March 12. Two more tracks from his mixtape, "Do You" and "Joke (농담)" also had music videos released on YouTube. The mixtape was ranked 48th on Spin's "50 Best Hip Hop Albums of 2015".
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.
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.
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.
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.
|2015||"Bucku Bucku"||MFBTY feat. EE, Dino J, Rap Monster||WondaLand|
|"ProMeTheUs"||Yankie feat. Dok2, Juvie Train, Double K, Topbob, Don Mills, Rap Monster||Andre|
|"U"||Primary feat. Kwon Jin-ah, Rap Monster||32||KOR (DL): 164,344+||2-1|
|"Fantastic"||Rap Monster feat. Mandy Ventrice||Fantastic Four (2015)|
Tracklist and details
Unofficial tracks and covers
|Year||Title||Other artists||Original Track|
|"Where U At"|
|"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, Jin||Kanye West - Christmas in Harlem|
|"School Of Tears"||Suga, Jin||Kendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools|
|"Like A Star"||Jungkook||J. Cole - Like A Star|
|"Favorite Girl"||Marques Houston - Favorite Girl|
|2013||"Adult Child"||Suga, Jin||Common - Celebrate|
|"Regular Girl (Guide Ver.)"||Chris Brown, Tyga - Regular Girl|
|"Naa"||Chris Brown - Deuces|
|"Illest Bitch"||Wale - Illest Bitch|
|"Thinking Bout U"||David Oh||Omarion feat. Rick Ross - Let's Talk|
|"Glory"||Ryan Leslie - Glory|
|"Waterfalls"||Jungkook||Junggigo - Waterfalls|
|"Something"||Drake - Something|
|2014||"Too Much"||Drake - Too Much|
|"Trouble"||Jin||Maejor - Trouble|
|"Monterlude||BTS - Interlude|
|"Unpack Your bags"||DJ Soulscape||DJ Soulscape - Unpack your bags|
|2015||"Converse High"||BTS - Converse High|
|"Fools"||Jungkook||Troye Sivan - Fools|
|2016||"알아요"||Jungkook||BTS - 알아요|
Songwriting and production credits
|2015||BTS||"Run"||The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2||Co-lyricist|
|2015||BTS||"I Need U"||The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1||Co-lyricist|
|"Hold Me Tight"||Co-lyricist|
|"Boyz with Fun"||Co-lyricist|
|2014||BTS||"Intro: What am I to You"||Dark & Wild||Co-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|
|"If I Ruled The World"||Co-writer|
|"BTS Cypher Pt.1"||Co-writer|
|"Attack On Bangtan"||Co-writer|
|2012||"Vote Or Just Shut Up"||Rap Monster||Himself|
|"Let's Introduce Bangtan Room"|
|"A Typical Trainee's Christmas"||Rap Monster, Suga, Jin|
|"School of Tears"|
|2014||"Unpack Your Bags"||Rap Monster, DJ Soulscape|
|2015||"P.D.D."||Rap Monster, Warren G|
|"Bang Diggy Bang Bang"||Cameo|
|"ProMeTheUs"||Yankie ft Dok2, Juvie Train, Double K, Topbob, Don Mills, Rap Monster||Animation|
|"Fantastic"||Rap Monster ft Mandy Ventrice||Himself|
|with Iron and Shin Jimin|
|with BTS and Jessi|
|2013||SBS MTV||Rookie King: Channel Bangtan||Himself||1-8||BTS-based Reality Show|
|2014||Mnet||4things Show - Rap Monster||3||Documentary about Rap Monster|
|American Hustle Life||1-8||BTS-based Reality Show|
|Mnet America||BTS GO!||BTS-based Reality Show|
|MBC Every 1||Weekly Idol||Guest with BTS||144|
|Arirang||ASC After Show||Guest with Jimin||56|
|Guest with Jimin, Jungkook||68|
|After School Club||Guest||63|
|2015||tvN||Hot Brain: Problematic Men||Cast member||1-22|
|Mnet||4 things Show - MFBTY||Guest||11 (2)||Documentary about Tiger JK|
|Yaman TV||Guest with BTS||24|
|KBS||Hello Counselor||Guest with V||223|
|Same Bed, Different Dreams||32|
|MBC||Quiz to Change the World||315|
|MBC Every 1||Weekly Idol||Guest with BTS||203|
|Arirang||After School Club||191|
|2016||MBC||Birth of a Rapstar||Guest appearance||Documentary special|
|SBS||The Boss is Watching||Guest with BTS||1|
|MBig TV||Celebrity Bromance||Guest appearance with J-Hope||4||Mobile reality show with V and Kim Min-jae|
|Close-up Observation Diary on Idol: Find Me||Main||2||Reality show about his daily life|
|2013||SBS||Gayo Daejun||Performance||MFBTY with Zico, Baro, Yong Guk, Rap Monster|
|MBC Music||Show Champion||Performance||with Yong Guk, Zelo, Suga, Jenissi, Kidoh|
|KBS||Music Bank||MC||with Jungkook|
|Letv||Dream Concert||Performance||MFBTY "Monster" feat. LE, Baro, Suga, Rap Monster|
|2016||KBS||25th Seoul Music Awards||Performance||MFBTY "Bucku Bucku"|