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Chicago Underground Hip Hop Artist HARI is Handcrafting his Music Career

We recently met up with Hip Hop artist HARI for an interview, and he had a lot to say about the industry.

The Chicago-based underground hip-hop artist who goes by the name of HARI has been surrounded by music since he was a young child. He knew he was destined to make a name for himself since he started making music. For HARI, he is encouraging his audiences to listen and become better people overall and gradually become the best version of themself. His new album, The Art of Poetry, is currently in the works and set for release this summer. Music is everything to HARI as it represents his emotions, dreams, and greatest aspirations.

  1. Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

HARI: Music & poetry has always been something I’ve loved since I was a kid, It played a significant role in what I do now. I would just get to writing poetry and I wouldn’t realize it, rhyming in my head but I always had a speech problem that made me not want to speak.


  1. Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

HARI: My most interesting story would have to be when a label was trying to sign me and told me details over the phone but the contract said something completely different I just laughed and threw it away.


  1. Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you first started? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

HARI: My breathing, when I first started rapping I would always try to rap my whole verse in one breath! Big mistake obviously and one I learn quickly.


  1. What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

HARI: My next project “FREE” is my main focus right now and I won’t hesitate when it’s ready it will be announced and dropped I got so many fans over the past years that I can’t stop now.


  1. Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

HARI: I’ve interacted with some of the best producers & artists in the game. Conductor Williams, lojii, 6LACK even though that was through a friend of his.


  1. Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

HARI: I would say keep it real and original people looking and listening out for new sounds main reason I believe I’m going up.


  1. You have been blessed with success in a career path that can be challenging. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path, but seem daunted by the prospect of failure? 

HARI: My word of advice is. Invest in yourself and make time to be able to do what you want! These jobs don’t want to do anything but hold you down until you a certain age. You take the checks and start building something of your own then you can eventually leave and pursue your own dreams.


  1. Can you share with our readers any self-care routines, practices, or treatments that you do to help your body, mind, or heart to thrive? Kindly share a story or an example for each.

HARI: I always clear my mind before leaving the house things change and people do too and some people can’t handle that so I would say clearing out your head, deep breathing if you ever feel like you need to hurt somebody or yourself just count to 100 calmly and a suicide hotline is also helpful but people underestimate therapy which I think a lot of people don’t realize they need including myself but I’ve gotten it because I know I do for my own reasons.


  1. What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why? Please share a story or example for each.

HARI: 5 things I wish someone had told me…

  1. How to market yourself to an upcoming artist.
  2. How to work these complicated studio programs like FL studios
  3. I think that’s about it.


  1. Can you please give us your favorite  “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life? 

HARI:  “Don’t stress about things you can’t control” that’s something I’ve learned to do because I’ve been in situations where I really could not do anything about it but overthink and stress about it so that really helped me.


  1. None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful for who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

HARI: I do have some guys in my circle I definitely can’t do it without and their support the whole BOG and my family.


  1. You are a person of enormous influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

HARI: With my influence. I want people to be more honest with each other and bring together a group of people who are divided in this world with the music I hope to actually get a chance to change the world for the better but those details are for another time.


  1. We are blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US with whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂

HARI: I definitely want to meet some of my favorite rappers in the game like Jay-Z, Kanye, Kendrick, and some of my favorite authors and actors.



14 How can our readers follow you online?

HARI: You can reach me online on, @1harii on Instagram @harianum1 on Twitter, and @ONLY1HARI on Facebook.


Natalie is a journalism major with a focus on Entertainment and Music who aspires to become a Content Creator For Honk Magazine. Eventually, she wants to be the Publisher or Editor-in-Chief of a major Publishing House. She loves helping people find their voice and passion for writing and journalism, and she can always be found with coffee in hand, editing another article.

Album Review

Album Review: Pete Miller’s “Live on Record”

When it comes to genuine and unembellished music, Pete Miller’s debut album “Live on Record” is a revitalizing breeze in the current music landscape. Released on MTS Records, the LP presents an artist who, despite the modernity around him, channels a vintage, heartfelt essence that’s increasingly rare. Combining elements of folk, country, and rock, Miller’s work is a throwback to an era where music was raw and storytelling was genuine.

A Connecticut native who now calls Pennsylvania home, Pete Miller’s journey to his debut album wasn’t one paved with glitter and glamor. Escaping the allure of New York City, Miller worked various blue-collar jobs, including landscaping, warehouse labor, and construction while chasing his musical dreams. His life’s experiences, genuinely reflected in his songs, make “Live on Record” an autobiographical piece that resonates with the “everyman.”


From the get-go, Miller’s voice draws comparisons to the legendary Johnny Cash, a resemblance he carries with pride. His rich baritone and poetic lyricism are reminiscent of the Man in Black’s storytelling prowess. Influences of Townes Van Zandt’s melancholic narratives also weave through the album, grounding Miller firmly in the tradition of great American singer-songwriters.

The album’s opener, “A Light Out There – Intro Version,” sets the tone with a soulful introduction that hooks listeners. The lyrics, “You may go away, but the story will survive. You want to return, but wonder if you’ll arrive…” instantly pull you into Miller’s world – reflective, tinged with melancholy, yet hopeful. The full version of “A Light Out There” has  garnered significant attention, amassing over 119K streams on Spotify and breaking into the UK iTunes Top 20 Singer-Songwriters Chart. The full album is quickly approaching 1 million Spotify streams!


Each song on the album is meticulously crafted to tell a story, from the contemplative “The Star Showman, Pt. I” to the earnest “Oh, Lord,” each track offers a glimpse into Miller’s life and experiences. In “The Dazzling Kimberly,” Miller’s narrative style shines through, painting vivid images of characters and emotions with minimalistic yet powerful instrumentation.


The simplicity of the album is its greatest strength. Miller’s acoustic guitar work is untainted by overproduction, allowing the natural sound of the instrument to take center stage. His playing is rhythmic and engaging, supporting his vocals without overshadowing the poignant lyrics. Tracks like “I Wrote Hannah a Letter” and “Hard to Find” showcase this beautifully, with Miller’s jangling guitar providing the perfect backdrop for his homespun poetry.

“Midnight Blue” and “The Raven & the Dove” delve deeper into Miller’s introspective side, offering meditative and almost haunting melodies that linger long after the song ends. They’re a testament to Miller’s ability to evoke strong emotions through his music, making listeners feel the weight of his words and the authenticity of his experiences.


The album’s closer, the complete version of “A Light Out There,” is a fitting end to the journey. It encapsulates the overarching themes of the album – longing, resilience, and a quest for meaning. The lyrics, “When you suffer, you’re out of this land. When you came back through that door, the waves didn’t remember your feet on the shore,” resonate with anyone who’s felt lost and found solace in the simplicity of life.


“Live on Record” is an album that doesn’t aspire to be flashy or trendy. Instead, it focuses on being real and relatable. Pete Miller’s music is a reflection of his life – unpolished yet profound, simple yet deeply meaningful. His storytelling is the heart of the album, and it’s this authenticity that makes his debut a standout.

As Miller works on his follow-up album in the woods of Pennsylvania, one can only anticipate the continuation of his musical journey. If “Live on Record” is any indication, Pete Miller is poised to carve out a niche for himself in the music industry, staying true to his roots and delivering music that is as raw and real as it gets.


For more information on Pete Miller and to connect with his music, check him out on Facebook.

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Artist Spotlight

Music Review: Pam Ross – “Doublewide”

Pam Ross’ latest single, “Doublewide,” set for release on August 9th, 2024, is a captivating fusion of rock, Americana, and country that showcases her knack for heartfelt storytelling and infectious melodies. As the lead single from her highly anticipated LP, “Outside the Box,” “Doublewide” is a testament to Pam’s ability to connect with her audience on an emotional level.

From the outset, “Doublewide” pulls listeners in with its country-rock infused sound. The track’s vibrant instrumentation and Pam’s distinctive vocals create an irresistible energy that captures the essence of newfound love. The lyrics paint vivid images of being swept up in the fervor of a passionate relationship, with lines like:



These evocative words resonate with anyone who has experienced the transformative power of love, making the song both relatable and deeply personal.


Recorded at Goodluck Studio and masterfully mixed in Nashville by Marc Frigo, “Doublewide” boasts a polished yet organic sound. The production allows Pam’s voice to shine through while ensuring that every instrument plays a pivotal role in the overall composition. The song’s dynamic range keeps it engaging, with energetic verses building up to a memorable chorus:



The chorus is anthemic and catchy, destined to be a sing-along favorite at live shows and a staple on playlists.

What sets “Doublewide” apart is its ability to evoke a wide spectrum of emotions. Pam Ross has a gift for making listeners feel the intensity and joy of love through her music. As she herself puts it, “I just want people to enjoy my music. I hope they sing along, and it makes them feel something inside when they listen.” This intention is beautifully realized in “Doublewide,” a song that is sure to leave listeners feeling uplifted and inspired.


With “Doublewide,” Pam Ross reaffirms her status as a versatile and emotionally resonant artist. The single not only stands out on its own merits but also sets the stage for what promises to be an exceptional album in “Outside the Box.” Fans and new listeners alike will find much to appreciate in this vibrant, heartfelt track. Be sure to mark your calendars for August 9th, 2024, and get ready to experience the magic of Pam Ross’ “Doublewide.”


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