Argèn Joshua Lawson, known to his fans as "ĀR RÄ" (AR being his childhood name, and RA as in the Sun God), was born January 2nd, 1991, on the south side of Richmond, VA. He was the middle child of 3 boys. He started writing lyrics around the age of thirteen. By sixteen, RÄ was already out on his own. He was a high school dropout, but still managed to attain his barber's license through a government funded program in his community. Cutting hair provided him with an income, but it wasn't his passion; Music was. As a Generation Y "millennial", Argèn learned early on that the only person he could depend on was himself if he wanted to create a career in music. In order to fund his operation, he quickly turned to the streets, placing his musical abilities on hold. He began selling marijuana, lean, ecstasy, and cocaine. In May of 2014, ĀR RÄ was indicted on felony drugs and weapons charges. He had already purchased a home studio and began recording, mixing, and mastering his own music at that time. RÄ released his first single "Flexxfuel", with hopes of getting out of the drug trade and taking his music career seriously. He then released "Girls" and his latest series of EPs titled 'Don't Forget The Ra.', which give you a closer look at the defiant youth of America and what they can truly become if they put their minds to it! His known musical influences include 2 Pac, Future, Jay Z, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Big Sean, Queen, 2 Chainz, Soulja Boy, and the Migos to name a few.