In conjunction with the Pan-Armenian games, American-Armenian rapper, R-Mean (who lives in Glendale but was raised in Amsterdam for 18 years), made a trip out to the Motherland for the first time as an artist since 2001. I got a chance to catch up with him at his album listening party at The Venue last night.
Between meeting people, taking meetings, and performing, it was a little bit of business mixed with pleasure. His first show was at Opera Club, where R-Mean performed for thousands of Armenians from all over the world who are also here for the games. He also had a show with local Armenian rapper Narek Mets Hayq, and shot scenes for his upcoming music video for “Humble Warrior.” As for pleasure, some of R-Mean’s favorite local hangs include El Sky Bar (which he said reminds him of the Standard Downtown in LA) and Grill House in Cascade for its ribs and sausages.
Before wrapping, I had to ask what being Armenian means to him: “Being Armenian is being unique than everybody else. When you see another Armenian it means a little bit more than other races. I grew up in the Netherlands with a lot of white people and Middle Eastern refugees. They always thought it was weird how we felt proud to be Armenian because not every race has that. It’s a feeling of unity and pride.” I couldn’t agree more.