Did you know that BTS’ leader, RM aka Rap Monster, aka Kim Namjoon, is known by the other members as ‘God of Destruction’? Although this nickname exudes grandeur, it was a result of the sheer clumsiness of the group’s leader, which would often lead him to break things. Don’t believe us? Check out this YouTube video, and you’ll see it for yourself.
Apart from being the septet’s spokesperson and the infamous ‘God of Destruction’, there is so much more about RM than what meets the eye. If you happen to be his ardent fan, then continue to read some of his peculiarities that you probably didn’t know before.
5 interesting facts about BTS’ RM, aka Rap Monster, aka Kim Namjoon
1. He is a rapper with brains
According to an AllKpop report, RM’s IQ score is 148, and he had scored 900 on the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) exam, and that too, when he was just in middle school, which is extraordinarily impressive. In addition to this, his penchant for studying English was unraveled to the world during the pandemic when he updated his fans through Weverse that he had taken another TOEIC exam after ten years, ‘just for fun’. To top this off, he was also seen on several television channels solving intricate logical reasoning problems.
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(TOEIC = The Test of English for International Communication. It's an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native speakers & intentionally designed to measure the everyday English skills of people) pic.twitter.com/a0P16McJyr
— ً atia⁷🍷REST (@hobiatia) October 26, 2021
2. A rapper, before and always
Before joining BTS and making a fabulous career with an exorbitant fanbase that is continuing to expand, RM was an underground rapper. His stage name was Runch Randa.
Namjoon’s mixtape RM is basically his whole journey from being an ordinary boy to being Runch Randa and then becoming rap monster , an idol rapper who had to face humiliation, insults from His own fellow underground rappers , the ppl whom he trusted … and ++
— Namjoon (@namjoonieepage) March 20, 2022
3. Tallest member
You may not know this, but RM is the tallest member of the group. According to Kpop Deal’s report, Kim Namjoon’s height is 5’11 or 181 cm. Previously, in several videos, you can see Jimin and Taehyung talking about stealing a few inches of height from Rap Monster. It does not come as a shocker!
4. His UN speech
BTS is not only known for its intoxicating music and smooth dance moves. Through their work, they deliver a message of embracing one’s individuality and character without any preconceived notions or conditions. So, when in 2018, BTS was invited to UNICEF’S youth initiative, ‘Generation Unlimited’, RM became the first K-pop idol to speak about embracing oneself regardless of race, color, or gender and addressing several mental health issues. Since his fluency in English is quite known, he was the spokesperson of the group, and other members were standing behind him to showcase their solidarity and support of the message delivered by their group leader.
5. A supporter of the LGBTQIA+ community
In the UN speech, Rap Monster, addressing the LGBTQIA+ community, said, “I want to hear your voice. I want to hear your conviction. No matter where you’re from, skin colour, or gender identity, just speak for yourself. Find your name and find your voice.”
In addition to extending his support to the community by accosting them in his speech, he also showcased his solidarity through his talent. Jungkook and RM covered a song, Fools, by Troye Sivan, who is a popular Australian singer-songwriter who publicly came out as gay. His song, Strawberries and Cigarettes, from the coming-of-age movie Love, Simon was also promoted by Kim Namjoon and Jungkook.
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) April 15, 2018
RM is indeed more than a rapper, spokesperson, and the ‘God of Destruction’. Did you know that he is also a lover of the arts? When he is not rapping and speaking for the group, he is out there exploring arts and literature.
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