A byproduct of Black America's schizophrenia - Rome Herbert, fka LJ, brings listeners the collision of multiple worlds.

 

Originally from Indianapolis, Rome Herbert is based in small town Muncie with a perspective foreign to many. Growing up, his family stayed in the suburbs northwest in a middle class majority-white neighborhood with a few black people. However, due to mental illness in the household, he would frequent the near east side staying with his grandma, a separate world in the hood that lacked the safety of his primary residence.

 

The intersection of class, faith, blackness, and mental illness was a revolving door in Rome's life. The medium of expression that kept him sane? Hip Hop.

 

Rome's passionate delivery intertwined with intimate story-telling is crafted from this split of living between. Schizophrenia in the home led to instability, yet also a reference point for living black in America - switching between the white and the black community. Hip Hop gave language for fiery proclamations along with relaying vulnerably insecurities - the mode of toning down in the suburbs and maneuvering in the hood. His soundscape trends towards cinematic trap - a fusion of dark, orchestral and piano-driven tracks mixed with infectious 808's and drums to punch the anthems. Tackling issues of faith, social justice, mental illness, & class division, listeners will consistently be challenged and encouraged by the lines that Rome intentionally colors outside of.