By: Shamus Hill
Jerome B isn't your ordinary artist. When he's not busy teaching at Somerville High School during the day, he dedicates his time to being the announcer for the Boys Varsity Soccer team. Someone who's literally embedded into the very fabric of what compromises this city, Jerome B personifies community engagement. Despite his insanely busy schedule though, Jerome still manages to find the time to work on his craft, which is the reasoning as to why he is being featured on Mass Music Radio's blog today. Fresh off of the release of his recent Coming Soon EP, this Somerville rapper shows our readers "how much he can fit into a day's worth".
Teaming up with Briefcvse, who is a rapper and producer from the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain, Jerome B entrusted one of my personal favorites with the direction of the sound on this project. As I've noted in prior articles, Briefcvse is another example of a hard worker, as he's released a plethora of projects over the course of the last year, with low quality demo's resting as one of my favorites to exit Massachusetts in recent memory.
Though Coming Soon rests just short of eight minutes in length, there is a wide range of substance contained within this short time frame. Utilizing Spanglish raps atop Briefcvse's mystical production capabilities, Jerome B's first addition to his discography this year proves to be a distinctive one. He somehow encapsulates the last several years of his life experience into well-executed verses, the whole time making use of a wide variety of flows. Jerome truly nestles into the pocket of each passing instrumental, and though his raps are the main reason that I became familiar with his music initially, his vocal work on this release showcases just how multi-faceted he is as an artist.
Ultimately serving as a means of self-expression during one of the more tumultuous times that our world has seen, Coming Soon is more than worthy of your listen. Jerome B is yet another artist from Massachusetts that the Mass Music Radio staff is incredibly excited about, and we're thrilled to see what he will continue to accomplish in time.