A byproduct of Black America's schizophrenia,  Rome Herbert creates music to feel bold and move into greatness.

 

An Indianapolis native, Rome Herbert moves 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 stems from the split of living between. Schizophrenia in his 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. Drawing from the tension of these contexts, Rome creates music for people to feel bold when they listen despite adverse circumstances.

 

"Most people listen to fear inside, leaving them feeling paralyzed. When you hear this music, you feel bold and courageous to move into greatness."