RM (formerly Rap Monster), also known as Kim Nam-joon (Korean: 김남준) was born on September 12, 1994 in Dongjak-gu, Seoul, South Korea but grew up in Ilsan-gu.

He is the leader of BTS, a rapper, songwriter and record producer.

RM has been writing since his teenage years, starting with poetry, which often received award. He also posted poetry online which garnered him a moderate amount of attention. Considering his love of writing and his talent, RM was interested in pursuing literature but eventually decided against it.

He first became interested in hip-hop at age 11. Combining his love of poetry and his newfound interest in music, RM started writing lyrics, eventually raping in local amateur hip-hop circles.

On top of his talent for music, RM is also incredibly gifted. He scored in the top 1% nationwide in university entrance exams for language, math, foreign language and social studies, and he had a measured IQ of 148.

With his other bandmates, RM was awarded the Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit in 2018 by the President of South Korea for his contribution to South Korean culture.