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In Hip-Hop, a freestyle is traditionally defined as an MC coming up with rhymes on the spot, off the top of the head. As Hip-Hop has evolved, the style is no longer free, but mostly held captive to low risk formulas and predictable radio songs. There are few exceptions to this standard. The music used to inspire, captivate, teach, and motivate, but currently a void exists that once allowed the music to stir the listener’s soul.
Enter Jermo H, an Oklahoma City native and Atlanta resident. You’ve probably never heard of him…yet. Why would you? It’s not popular for an artist to create music, giving the listener a sense of who the artist really is on a personal level by the raw emotions that spill out through their recordings. An artist that you, the listener, can connect with and understand because you’ve shared the same experience and walked the same walk. An artist that regular folks with regular problems can appreciate.
Jermo H is self contained in that he writes, produces, mixes, and records almost all his own music in his home studio. Wearing many hats, he also runs his music production company that has gotten his entire catalog licensed to MTV for their reality TV shows. In addition, Jermo has appeared on Showtime at the Apollo and a reality TV show on the now defunct Spike TV cable network. Further, his song “Sooner Girl” that he created under his group, Below Tha Surface, cracked the nationwide Top 100 CHR Radio Charts.
Highly active in the Atlanta music scene, Jermo is a member of the Producers & Engineers Committee and the Education Committee with the Atlanta Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS). He’s served as a panelist and performer at multiple NARAS events. An advocate for recording artists, Jermo possesses a genuine passion to improve the art.
Though he’s released albums and singles as co-member of Below Tha Surface, Jermo is set to launch his first solo effort,“Hip-Hop for the Soul.” This project is submerged in very musical, soulful, and heartfelt elements. Jermo states “this album draws much inspiration from Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On,’ Outkast’s ‘ATLiens,’ and the poetic love content of Sade. I want this album to open minds, move hearts, and inspire lives.”
Jermo’s appeal lies in his genuine love for the art, sincere and relatable lyrical content, and general song production talent. The next time someone complains that Hip-Hop all sounds the same, introduce them to Jermo H and “Hip-Hop for the Soul.”