Share your life story with us.

7¢ HERM is a rapper and songwriter from the 7th Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana. He’s the hermit and self-proclaimed “intergalactic pirate growing gardens in the bayou”. The ’94 bayou-born emcee is a positive voice in a city where vices and wrongdoings control the youth. 7¢ HERM aims to bring New Orleans back to the top of the totem in hip-hop and prove to the world that the city has more to offer than being the “murder capital”.

His rapping career began in 2014 under the moniker “Hermi7 Khalfani”. As Hermi7 Khalfani, 7¢ HERM released his debut LP, “Deaf + Blind” with his local rap collective, 7ARC ( 7¢ HERM, CashMoneyChip and in-house producer SUMO), to some regional success. Soon after its release, 7¢ HERM took a 3-year hiatus from music to focus on personal growth; however, he began to release promotional singles via SoundCloud and BandCamp again in late-2016.

In Early 2017 (after a stage name change) the hermit dropped singles “7 Feet Below” and “Zimmer’s” leading up to June of 2017, when 7¢ HERM released his latest EP, “Granny’s 7th Boy” available on all streaming platforms (Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify…etc.). The EP was met with positive reviews and much regional success, even garnering attention from national publications such as The Source and Dead End Hip-Hop. Following the success of the EP, 7¢ HERM released videos for “7 Feet Below” featuring New Orleans-based rap group, MadeGROCERIES & “Zimmer’s” featuring 7ARC rapper, CashMoneyChip.

7¢ HERM is currently working on his 2nd EP of 2017, which “Backseat Concerto” is the lead single for.

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Share your press release. 

You can view my EPK here: View EPK

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List the names of those that have assisted you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them. 

Only thanking my brothers in The Grotto and the 7ARC… they know man. And Silkk the Shocker.

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Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.

I get pretty high and talk in the mic, ya know? I like to know all of my songs before recording though, makes everything flow much smoother.

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Go into detail about your songwriting process.

I write naturally every day, I don’t usually know if I’m writing lyrics, poetry or just free writing; unless there’s a beat on. I usually formulate concepts/titles for songs long before they’re written or recorded. I work within concepts, so it’s normally a lot of planning beforehand.

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Brief us on what you have on the way for your fans out there. 

My 2nd Ep of 2017, “The First Sail” is coming out pretty soon, a few visuals to pair with a couple of the records as well, and a live show or two.

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Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base. 

Working every day with the other members of my platform + MGMT team (The Grotto). We push each other to come up with better marketing ideas daily.

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Tell us that point in time that you just feel like giving up on your music career. 

This never happens, at least not since my 3-year hiatus.

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Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.

I choose beats mostly based on what fits SUMO’s style because I will never make anything that doesn’t include his work, if not only his work.

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Tell us the best way to get in touch with you on social media. 

Follow me on Twitter, that’s where I’m most active but also on Instagram… Both handles are @7CENTHERM

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Give us the links to your various stores. 

I’m up on SoundCloud, Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal. Maybe Google Play too not sure. Videos on YouTube.

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Tell us your favourite genre of music. 

Hip-Hop… but I love jazz, early 2000’s R&B, more indie rock and jangle pop than I should probably too.

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Tell us the subject matter of most of your songs.

Universal connections, New Orleans, pirates and the number 7.

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Tell us all we need to know about this song. 

The single, “Backseat Concerto” is an entertaining, yet lyrically sound story of conditional love which I believe this generation has become subject to. Tried to display an example of my storytelling prowess throughout the record. Combining a smooth flow with the infectious sampling of Pro$per Jone$, I looked to tap into my best songwriting ability.

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Tell us what you think about digital distribution and streaming. 

I think it gives artists a pretty dope way to get music to their audience quickly, but I also feel it aids in the already present physical disconnect between artists and their fans.

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Tell us various ways that artists can boost their revenue. 

Work hard man, nothing else.

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Tell us your thought on self-training and going to educational institution to study music. 

Both are dope. I think it’s an accomplishment to do either.

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song. 

Not sure about this one. I write songs based on what I feel. Hit potential comes from too many outside sources. Hits aren’t specifically about the music.

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Tell us what you will buy if you want to build your own studio. 

That Kaotica Eyeball is fire; I’d like one in our home setup for sure.

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Go on at length on what it takes to gain the attention of the audience while playing live.

First, be yourself. Interact with the crowd. Do not rap over your recorded vocals, people come to here you so let them. Don’t be afraid to stop rapping/singing to talk to your crowd. People like to connect, it’s just natural. Command attention by showing attention.

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List your five favourite songwriters. 

Ever? Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, Frank Ocean is dope right now, Jay Electronica has a sick pen for sure. And I’ll go with McCartney-Lennon (yeah I know cliché but they’re dope and undeniable).

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List your five favourite music producers. 

My brother, SUMO … Dilla … DOOM … Madlib and the great Mannie Fresh.

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Describe in details how you feel when you hear your song on the radio. 

I haven’t had the pleasure… I’m in no rush; in due time.

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Describe your best mood to write a song.

Fresh off of a backwood in empty spaces or outside in nature.


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