How Did Harry Mack Become Famous?
But how could Harry Mack make it as a rapper that freestyles?
How Harry Mack Carves His Path
So Harry did a freestyle while riding in the car.
The next day, the video went viral and had over 100,000 views.
Harry felt something was there, and this was the push he needed to share his craft with the public.
And So It Began
In 2017, he began recording the freestyles he did for people on the streets and putting them on his new YouTube channel.
The first video on his own channel that went viral was called Venice Beach Freestyle.
He soon created a series called Guerilla Bars.
And Harry Mack kept innovating and putting his content out to the public.
And not simple raps.
Like, mind-blowing, mouth-dropping freestyle raps.
He’s Winning Fans Over One By One
It’s not just one by one.
Instead, it’s one by one = Infinity.
Every time he freestyles, he gains new fans watching, yes.
But I see everyone recording his freestyles.
What do you think folks do with those video clips?
They post them on their social media channels to their friends.
They say, “Yo! Check out this freestyle we just saw from this guy @harrymack!”
So a group of 5-12 folks, Harry does a freestyle for leads to hundreds or even thousands of new followers.
I found an interview Harry Mack did in 2020
He had 500,000 YouTube subscribers at the time and was stoked about it.
Spectators (now fans) called him the ‘David Blaine’ of freestyling because it was like a street magic show.
Harry Mack’s fans also gave him the idea to start Omegle bars.
Harry was hesitant because the site could be a bit sketchy, but he tried it and was blown away.
He can record authentic reactions from people and then use those in his video content.
In 2021, I found a Harry Mack interview with NPR.
At this time, he had over 1,000,000 YouTube subscribers.
He was doing a 10-hour freestyle rap session to celebrate this.
Notice that he’s constantly pushing creative boundaries and trying new things.
To my entrepreneurs reading this, sound familiar?
Remember us talking about the compound effect?
Harry Mack is putting the compound effect put into action!
Harry Mack Interview with Lewis Howes on The School of Greatness
This Harry Mack interview aired in 2022.
Of course, he rapped for Lewis Howes.
I learned a bit more about his story.
He talks about channeling the inner child.
He compares ‘creating’ to a child that is finger painting.
Children don’t judge their art. They’re just having fun.
As we get older, we get more self-conscious.
So he encourages us to create just like children finger paint!
After college, he also worked at a call center for a bit, asking for donations to the music department at USC.
He says it was great for him.
Harry Mack learned to let rejection roll over him and not take it personally.
Second, he learned that you never know what folks can do if you don’t ask.
Tasked with asking folks for $200, he thought he would never collect that from anyone.
But every now and then, folks were willing to hop on board and donate.
Third, he learned how to talk with people.
An introvert at heart, this skill helped him be able to go out in public and ask folks if he could freestyle rap for them.
Harry Mack and Fear of Rejection
Harry Mack says the biggest fear is for folks to step up and Be That Artist.
To build in public.
Making yourself vulnerable.
Exposing yourself to feedback and criticism.
But it has to be done.
Harry Mack warns that as a creative, you have good taste.
This good taste inspires you to want to create yourself.
Because of your good taste, you can recognize you don’t have the same skill level.
But the only way for you to close the gap is to create.
Put out content and get honest feedback to get better.
Be in love with the process of creating.
And not just the end result.
So where are we now?
Harry Mack Today
As of this article, Harry Mack has more than 2M YouTube subscribers.
He also has 5M+ TikTok followers, 700k+ on Instagram, and so on.
He’s launched a Patreon where fans can further support him.
And now, he’s got some tour dates where you can watch him live in addition to his online creations.
As an entrepreneur, I’m excited to see where this creator heads next.
I see live shows where fans get an original performance.
Nobody knows what will be created, but they know it will be incredible.
Where the audience can interact and throw out words.
Then, every fan gets a copy of the show to watch and share with others (which would fuel even further growth!)
Harry Mack, I appreciate what you’re doing.
You’re not just thinking outside the box; you’re destroying that box!
Keep shining the light.
And now, for some Harry Mack FAQ…
As a freestyle rapper, his first viral video was one that he created called Venice Beach Freestyle.
This allowed him opportunities to cross paths with Kendrick Lamar, Ellen DeGeneres, and Red Bull.
It also led to a TV commercial with Mitsubishi with a “Freestyle Test Drive.”
Now he has more than 7 million followers across his social channels.
Harry Mack often talks about his rap idols like Eminem, Nas, and Kendrick Lamar, among others. In 2017, Harry Mack was able to freestyle for Kendrick.
Harry started nervous (understandable!), but you could see him settle in and gain confidence.
He earns the respect of Kendrick Lamar, with Kendrick telling Harry that it inspires him to keep pushing himself and get back in the lab with his pen.
With his social media following alone, he can make a full-time income.
You can have a look on Social Blade to make your judgments on the amount of money.
He’s a partner in the YouTube ad program and makes at least six figures in revenue from that one income stream.
He has a Patreon account where he shares exclusive items with fans. You can publicly see the number of patrons he has.
He also sells merch and is building out tours. I’m happy to see a freestyle rapper crack the code and create a business out of his passion.