BTS‘s leader, formerly known as Rap Monster, still hasn’t decided what his initials will stand for, but his members offered a few suggestions.
RM officially changed his stage name from “Rap Monster” to “RM” back in 2017 to mark a new direction in his artistic path. He felt that Rap Monster belonged in his past, not his future.
“When I was a trainee, I started calling myself Rap Monster because of a song I did. Then naturally, I just kept saying this was my stage name and it stuck. After promoting under this name for awhile, I realized my name was really long and the name Rap Monster wasn’t representative of the type of music I wanted to do in the future.” — RM
It took time to get used to the change, even for the BTS members. During BTS’s June 10 broadcast, Jungkook accidentally called RM by his old nickname, “Rap Monnie”.
When J-Hope laughed, asking Jungkook if he still calls RM “Rap Monster”, Jungkook said that RM stands for “Rap Mon”.
RM was quick to correct him, saying that the meaning of “RM” still hasn’t been decided.
In reply, Suga jokingly said that “RM” doesn’t stand for “Rap Mon”; it stands for “Rap Master”.
RM asked the other members what they thought “RM” should represent, based on how they see him. J-Hope’s first suggestion was “Real Mother”.
Jungkook’s suggestion was on the sexier side: “Romance Master”.
RM approved of J-Hope’s second suggestion, “Role Model”, and stated that he will become everyone’s role model.
A.R.M.Ys have also come up with a few suggestions based on RM’s traits, including “Really Modest” and “Rhyme Master”.
@BTS_twt RM could stand for:
Reach the Moon
Sorry but my best friend and I enjoyed finding those
— Monsta Emz misses Monsta X (@HoseokedEmz) June 10, 2018
happy new year ma mannnn… RAPMON… couldn't say your name in RM cz in malaysia RM stand for RINGGIT MALAYSIA…
— LoVe99 ~ you are the cause of my EUPHORIA (@ARMYWORLD99) December 31, 2017
— Shae (@HayesWillBe) December 23, 2017
Fact No.15 @BTS_twt
Namjoon changed his stage name to 'RM' to stand for 'Real Me' which I think is really admirable but I'm just curious WHAT HAPPENED TO HIS DOG RAPMON. DID HIS NAME CHANGE TOO?
— Francesca DAY6 'Shoot Me' (@DAngelsFTails) December 13, 2017
You can check out the full clip here, while brainstorming your own suggestions.