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. His musical influences include 2pac, Future, Jay Z, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Big Sean, Queen, 2 Chainz, Soulja Boy, and the Migos to name a few.