A byproduct of Black America's schizophrenia, Rome Herbert creates music to feel bold and move into greatness.
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 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 - 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.
"Most people listen to fear inside, leaving them feeling paralyzed. When you hear this music, you feel bold and courageous to move into greatness."