"I speak the bottom of my heart off the top of my lungs"
Angeles-born, Armenian-American rapper R-Mean is bringing word of his
mountainous ancestral republic to one of our biggest cultural expressions of
all: hip-hop. As the first rapper of Armenian descent to achieve his level of
international and national acclaim, R-Mean is heading towards the ranks of his
fellow Armenian icons System Of A Down and Kim Kardashian. His multi-cultural
background and extensive fan base has afforded him multiple opportunities to
perform around the world including Canada, Europe, and all over the United
States. With a flow reminiscent of Nas and Eminem, influenced by his diverse
upbringing, always staying true to real Hip-Hop, R-Mean breaks international
barriers through his music like no other artist.
Born in Los Angeles, he was raised in Amsterdam by a single mother, after losing his father to an ill-timed death due to medical malpractice. Growing up he faced the dark challenges and oppression posed to minorities. Using college as a means of moving to California to pursue his musical dreams, he graduated from UCLA and went on to obtain a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Loma Linda University. During his schooling he continued recording and developing himself as an artist.
R-Mean’s lyrical prowess and melodious flow has amounted to national
recognition, famous allies and critical acclaim. Armed with a strong and loyal
fan base that never fails to show how much his music touches people's lives. He
is honored to have received fan mail with heart felt testimonials and pictures
of people bearing tattoos of his name and lyrics. He has been featured as the
opening act for Nas, Bone Thugs N’ Harmony and Method Man to name a few and has collaborated with artists like The Game, Joe Budden, and Too Short. In addition, he has headlined sold out concerts at notable venues like the House of Blues Sunset,
Troubadour and the Mayan LA. His most notable live radio and TV accomplishments
include appearances on MTV’s “Rapfix” with Mobb Deep (2012) and
"Rapfix" year end cypher (2014), freestyling on the world famous
“Wake Up Show” on Power 106 and Shade 45, and numerous appearances on “Sway in
the Morning” on Shade45. His music video "Lost Angels" featuring
multi-platinum artist The Game debut on MTV Jams in Nov 2013 and his highly
anticipated mix-tape "Far from Heaven" (iTunes) dropped in Nov 2013.
His song "Open Wounds" dedicated to
the Armenian Genocide lead to the formation of Open Wounds 1915, an
organization that spreads awareness about humanitarian causes through hip-hop and social media. In May 2015 R-Mean will release his most ambitious album to date, 7 Deadly Sins, on
Pentagon Records with new features from The Game, Crooked I, and King Los. A Kickstarter campaign to promote and pre-order the album
was launched mid September 2014 and went on to be one of the top five most successful campaigns on Kickstarter for any Hip Hop artist to date.
Broken Water - 2005 (iTunes)
Jackin for Beats mixtape - 2007
The Risin Son - 2009 (iTunes, Pandora)
Nah Mean Mixtape Vol. 1 - 2010 (iTunes, Pandora)
The Infection (Nah Mean Mixtape Vol. 2) - 2011 (HotNewHipHop.com)
Lost Angels (ft. The Game) (Single) - 2012 (iTunes, Pandora)
Talkin To You (ft. Joe Budden) (Single) - 2012 (iTunes)
Far From Heaven Mixtape - 2013 (iTunes, HotNewHipHop.com, Datpiff.com)
Setlist always varies.
1. Lost Angels
2. She's Gotta Go
3. Five Fingers In The Air
4. This Side Of Me
7. How U Want It
9. Open Wounds
10. Emcee Cypher
11. Nothing Left to Lose feat. French Damato