2020 was a rough year for a lot of people, but for one up-and-coming artist, it may just have been the best year of his life (so far). Multi-talented musician RMR (pronounced rumor) broke on the scene in February 2020 with the release of his single “Rascal”. The song which is heavily inspired by “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flats went viral almost instantly. While some people may have thought that RMR was nothing more than a one hit wonder, he is proving that he dedicated to building a solid foundation and his fans are looking forward to the release of his debut album. Keep reading to find out 10 things you didn’t know about RMR.
1. He’s From Atlanta
RMR has been notoriously private about his identity. As a result, there isn’t much known about his upbringing – even his real name remains a mystery. However, it is believed that he is originally from Atlanta. These days, however, he appears to be living in the Los Angeles area.
2. There’s A Meaning Behind The Mask
Some people may think that RMR’s decision to wear a mask is just a gimmick, but that isn’t the case at all. There really is a method to his madness. During an interview with NPR, RMR said, “The mask is just a mirror. For society and whatnot. You wearing a mask right now, Mano. I don’t know who you are. You don’t know who I am. When we talking, when we get out in the public, we always put on masks until we go home. Some people actually keep their mask on when they at home.”
3. His Career Literally Started With “Rascal”
Usually when an artist releases their first hit, they’ve actually been making music for a long time. However, that’s not true for RMR. It appears that “Rascal” wasn’t just his first song, but it’s the beginning of his entire music making journey. There aren’t too many people who can say that really had a hit right out of the gate.
4. God Is Important To Him
Some people may not expect RMR to be a religious person, but that’s exactly why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. RMR hasn’t gone into detail about his religious beliefs, but in interviews he has mentioned that he believes in God and his faith seems to be a driving force in his life.
5. He Will Probably Show His Face One Day
At the moment, wearing a mask is a huge part of RMR’s identity. More than likely, though, that won’t always be the case. As he starts his career, he wants people to focus on the music and not get caught up in the looks or the person behind it. As he gets more established, he will probably ditch the mask.
6. He’s Been Inspired By Some Hip-Hop Legends
RMR’s sound isn’t what most people would consider ‘regular’ rap, but some of the biggest names in hip-hop have inspired him over the years. According to NPR, RMR cites his biggest influences as Drake, Lil Wayne, and Kanye West.
7. He Loves A Variety Of Music
While some of his greatest influences have been rappers, RMR’s taste in music extends into other genres as well. While talking to Complex, RMR said, “I love Rascal Flatts. My whole thing is I don’t listen to just one genre of music. I want to open up people’s consciousness to go out and discover new music and new genres.”
8. He Likes To Do The Unexpected
For lots of people in the music industry, their success is almost entirely dependent on doing what is expected of them. RMR, however, plans to do the exact opposite. Anyone who listens to his music should know to expect the unexpected because that’s what he plans on giving.
9. He Hopes His Music Promotes Growth
There are a lot of artists out there who would probably say that the first goal of their music is to entertain. RMR has something different in mind. He told Complex, “I’m trying to communicate that change is not bad. Growth is not bad. Expand your consciousness. Go ahead and see what else is out there. The world’s huge. It’s not your 15-block radius. It’s not just your high school friends. It’s not just not your hood. There’s way more cultures.”
10. He’s Protested Against Police Brutality
On top of making music, RMR is already using his platform to stand up for things that are important to him. He has shown his support for the Black Lives Matter Movement and the fight to end police brutality by attending protests in Minneapolis after Floyd’s murder. RMR even got the chance to speak with George Floyd’s brother.