Harry Mack is a popular freestyler, rapper and musician.
He has more than a million subscribers on his YouTube channel by the name, Harry Mack.
Harry Mack was born on 18 February 1990.
He grew up in Portland, Oregon, United States.
Harry has an elder sister; she is three years elder to him.
As a kid, he wanted to grow up to become a musician and he used to bang rhythms on his high chair table.
Violin & hip hop-
At 7, Harry’s father made him practise violin.
Once his sister, after coming home from school, introduced him to pop stations like Z100 and Jammin’ 95.5 and during that time, he was in third grade.
Harry listened to both these stations and got attracted to Jammin’ 95.5 and he started loving the hip hop and the sound of the smacking drums.
He grew up listening to the music of Ja Rule, Ashanti, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, JAY-Z and Nas.
Drums & freestyling-
At 10, Harry started playing drums and writing rhymes.
In his sixth grade, he along with his friend, Brady started freestyling in the school and he was 12 at that time.
During that time, as Harry didn’t have cable at his home, he used to go to Brady’s house after school to watch Freestyle Friday, Rap City and music channels like VH1, MTV, etc. on his cable.
At that time, he considered Jin as his idol.
While in his seventh grade, Harry got destroyed by a sixth grader, Milk, in a rap battle.
Attracted to rap-
Harry was attracted to rap after watching the Rap City as he observed that unlike a rock show requiring sets, drummers, pyrotechnics, etc. rappers just need improvising in the moment and rapping just requires using brain and mouth.
Soon, he got addicted to rapping.
At 12, while studying at school, Harry and Brady joined Ethos Music Center for music lessons.
Here, he was influenced by his teacher, DJ Apostle and he mentored him and Brady.
Performing in school & college-
Harry along with his school band performed in shows in front of hundreds of people and they also printed their custom artwork.
Later, while studying in college, he performed with his college band.
During that time, even though Harry focused on rapping, he didn’t stop practising drumming and this practise improved his rapping.
Drumming helped him to rhythmically improvise his freestyle raps.
After completing his schooling, Harry attended USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, California for Jazz Studies to learn drumming.
For many years, he gigged as a jazz drummer in bars, restaurants, venues and shows of Los Angeles.
During this time, Harry used to watch the videos and listen to the mixtapes of Kendrick Lamar.
In 2012, he graduated from college and decided to make a career as a jazz drummer as he wasn’t confident of starting a career in freestyling.
So, Harry started drumming.
First viral video-
Even though Harry was rapping, at that time, he wasn’t confident of filming himself and sharing it on the internet.
Later, one of his college friends, Jacob Mann, a jazz piano player and composer was launching a jazz record and he approached him for freestyling his song for promoting his record.
So, Harry rapped a song based on whatever he could see while driving down Sunset Boulevard in a car and Jacob recorded it on his phone and shared it on the internet.
This video is titled- Harry Mack – “Bounce House” Car Freestyle and was published on 18 December 2016.
This song became viral but as during that time, Harry wasn’t familiar with the internet, he didn’t realise that his song had become popular.
Luckily, a week later, his roommate informed him about the popularity of his song.
Harry saw that his song got upvoted to top on the Reddit videos and received a 100 thousand views overnight.
Even though it was viral for a short period of time, this was more than enough to boost his confidence for shooting and publishing rap videos.
Harry also realised that there is a huge audience for raps.
Working on YouTube-
So, from December 2016, at the age of 26, Harry started publishing videos on his YouTube channel by the name, Harry Mack.
His first YouTube video to get viral on his YouTube channel is titled- Harry Mack – Venice Beach Freestyle (Part 1).
This video was published on 1 March 2017.
Harry’s first album is titled- CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE.
As he couldn’t get out for public freestyles during COVID, he started publishing Omegle videos and they have been very popular.
Apart from regular videos, Harry also does live streams on his YouTube channel and Twitch.
He also has a website.
Harry’s favourite rappers are Nas, Black Thought, Jimmy Fallon and MF DOOM.
He is a fan of The Roots band.
Harry also likes rappers like Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Joey Bada$$, Freddie Gibbs and Action Bronson.
He also performed with Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Ellen DeGeneres, Complex Music, and RedBull Music.
Currently, Harry lives in Los Angeles, California.
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