It all started as a means for him to express his inner turmoil. R-Mean (Armin Hariri) grew up with a mother still in love with her lost husband and a heart broken home. As a widow, raising two young children by herself was a constant struggle, both financially and emotionally. Especially since after having escaped revolutionary persecution, his father passed away due to a medical malpractice made by Dutch physicians during a kidney operation.
Growing up in an environment where most of his friends were either selling or using cocaine, R-Mean kept his head straight and focused on his dreams of becoming a professional athlete. He was working in his uncle's rug store at a young age while going to school mainly as an attempt to keep his mother happy. A knee injury cut his dreams short and being the quiet kid that he was, his nature would not allow him to express his emotions, so he turned to the pen.
After living in Amsterdam for 18 years he moved back to his place of birth, Los Angeles, where he met a struggling producer by the name of “Blind.” Blind fell victim to a drive-by shooting in Pasadena, CA in 1992. He got shot in his face, which caused him to completely lose his eyesight. Together they started the crew Pentagon, which symbolizes the four corners of the world (east, west, north, south) and the 5th angle which is the Lord, who “guides us through everything.” Though Pentagon is a family, R-Mean's independence allows him to remain at heart a solo artist.
As an incredible lyricist and extremely talented songwriter, he manages to put all his life experiences in his music, as he “speaks the bottom of his heart from the top of his lungs.” His resume speaks for itself. As an independent artist he has sold over 13,000 records, has had airplay on major radio stations and has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in Hip Hop. With a style reminiscent of a hungry Nas or Eminem his unique blend has already been compared to legendary names proving his potential to one day become a legend himself. What sets him apart from the competition, is his extreme versatility and his ability to convert his unrivaled lyrical skills into hit songs. With his timeless music it’s just a matter of time for “R Dash Mean” to leave his mark on Hip Hop….and the world.
- “Broken Water” (March 2005) – 10,000+ units sold
- “Jackin’ for Beats ’07 Mixtape” hosted by Tha Goodfellas (March 2007) – 3,000+ units sold
-"The Risin Son" (February 2009)
1. Radio Play:
93.5 KDAY fm
- R-Mean has appeared on Tha Goodfellas show on the “Hate it or Love it” segment with a song called “Call Me”. The listeners voted 95% “Love it!”
- 2 Drops for Tha Goodfellas are in heavy rotation!
- Appeared LIVE on Tha Goodfellas show in person for an in-studio interview.
POWER 106 fm
- Drops for DJ Felli Fel, Tha Goodfellas, Friday Night Flavaz in rotation since September 2005
- Numerous stations.
2. G-UNIT/INTERSCOPE – YOUTUBE “ON THE RISE” CONTEST - R-Mean was 1st runner up winner. Out of thousands of submissions R-Mean’s video “Hate Me” was picked by 50 Cent, Common and Polow da Don from G-Unit Records as one of the 20 finalists! After the people voted R-Mean finished 2nd. (The grand prize winner won by less than 50 votes.)
3. SCARFACE VIDEO GAME CONTEST - 2nd Runner-up winner of VU Games’ and Interscope Records’ Scarface Video Game Talent Search on www.myspace.com (ONLY HIP-HOP Artist to make the TOP 3 from an initial 40,000 entries! Total of 76,000 people voted!)
4. Collaboration with multi-platinum recording artist The Game.
- R-Mean has been in the studio and recorded a song with The Game (yet to be released.)
5. R-Mean has been an opening act for multi-platinum hip-hop legend NAS and for multi-platinum, Grammy-award winning group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony multiple times. R-Mean has done numerous shows at clubs and schools from San Diego to San Francisco - Opening act for: Tyrese/Black Ty, Guru (from Gangstarr), Chino XL, Self-Scientific, Sly Boogie, Dilated Peoples, Phil the Agony, Strong Arm Steady, Planet Asia, Crooked I, Candyman and others.
6. R-Mean is featured on the world famous www.hiphopgame.com (and on numerous other lesser known websites.)