Namjoon has been using the moniker "Rap Monster" for a number of years now, but after some careful consideration, the BTS leader has decided to officially change his stage name!
In a new message on BTS' official fan cafe, Namjoon announced that he will be officially changing his stage name from "Rap Monster" to "RM." Explaining that his musical growth over the last few years has meant that "Rap Monster" no longer fully represented what he wanted to show, the BTS leader says "RM" is more "in accordance" with the music he is now producing and that it has a "wider spectrum."
Here's RM's full message:
Out of all the messages I've shared, this letter is the most uneasy for me to start.
I've been promoting with the name Rap Monster for the past 5 years since 2012. It's a stage name our agency family and members called me by naturally due to a line I wrote when I was a trainee. I also think I've become very fond of it.
However, the name 'BTS' Rap Monster' was kind of long to use during promotions, and I felt that it's getting more and more distant from the music I've done for the past 5 years and the music I want to show from now on.
I also casually tend to introduce myself as Rap Mon or RM instead of the full name of Rap Monster. Therefore, I plan to change my stage name to 'RM', which has a broader spectrum and also more appropriate for the music I want to pursue.
I believe fans might've already known because I've released some music and mixtapes as RM.
I've thought hard about this for a long time as I want to do music with an open heart and perspective without getting tied down to anything.
It might be awkward and unfamiliar since I'm changing the stage name I've used since debut but I will greatly appreciate if you can welcome me starting fresh with the new name.
It doesn't matter what name you go by, RM, we'll support you no matter what!
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