In April, RM announced he was working on his next album with countless secret collaborations, who will now be part of BTS’ “next chapter” as soloists
With BTS now branching out and each member building their solo careers, it’s time to catch up on who they are and what we can expect from them in the months to come. BTS debuted under BigHit in 2013 with seven members – RM, Jin, Suga, J-hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook. After initially debuting under the stage name Rap Monster, RM has become the leader of one of the biggest K-pop and music groups in general.
RM, real name Kim Namjoon, is a singer, rapper, songwriter and producer who has not only written songs for BTS but also artists like TXT, Fall Out Boy, Lil Nas X and others. The BTS leader is also the youngest and second most recognized Korean artist with 193 songs. His solo career will definitely be as successful as we can expect from a BTS member, with RM already breaking records and debuting on the Billboard Hot 100 with his self-penned songs, while his mixtapes “RM” and “Mono” are among the most frequented streamed belong to SoundCloud tracks.
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Aside from being the group’s self-proclaimed producer, RM is an extrovert with a penchant for languages. He learned English by watching the popular sitcom FRIENDS and is the group’s translator. Kim Namjoon was born in Seoul in 1994 and has a younger sister. He also happens to be studying engineering and lived in New Zealand for a few months in 2006 to study linguistics. Before becoming an idol, RM was an underground rapper and had worked with the likes of Block B’s Zico under the stage name Runch Randa and Rap Monster. RM often cites Epik High’s “Fly,” which got him into hip-hop.
Prior to BTS’ debut, the group formed in 2010 with RM being the only member to be part of the original line-up. He is also the tallest member of BTS at 181cm and quite smart with an IQ of 148. During the pandemic, he took the TOEIC (International English Test) exam for fun and scored 915 out of 990. He also happens to be the first K-pop idol to speak at the United Nations in 2018. Fans also dub Kim Namjoon the “god of destruction” as the clumsy rapper is known for breaking things by touching them and once accidentally ripping Jungkook’s shirt during “Fake Love.”