Amon Re The 8th Sign - born Jermaine Price - is a Forest City, North Carolina rapper who has spent the last seven years perfecting his craft at his homebase in Chicago, Illinois. Averse to labels, he prefers to refer to himself as a “conscious” artist who uses his emotional acuity and skill for empathy to become a vessel for people’s struggles with self, society, or life in general. Channeling the experiences of others through music, his goal is to elicit in the listener a moment of visceral connection in the hopes of creating what he describes as “a soundtrack to your life.” Drawing inspiration from the everyday, everything including the vibrations and frequencies people exude on a simple bus ride can provide the platform for a song from Amon Re. Also using his music as an outlet for his own voice, Amon Re admits Jermaine Price was a shy kid, and Hip-Hop has provided the latter with a safe space in which to openly express his thoughts, whether offensive or enlightening. The middle child of five siblings, he experienced a tragedy in 2012 when his older brother was murdered. It wouldn’t be until he was 26 years old that he would meet his own father. It was around this time he went back to school, studying broadcasting at a local community college, a drastic change in the life of a high-school dropout working odd jobs. After graduating he obtained a job as a production assistant on a nationally syndicated television show, working his way up to producer, eventually being nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award. But music has found its way back into his life.
In August of 2017, he released his 5-track EP of unreleased material he wrote in 2015 titled Let Us Pray produced by Charlottesville,VA producer Finn Downey. “I just wasn’t in a good place with music mentally,” he explains. Mixed and mastered by Marsten House Recording’s Steve Sxacks in Philadelphia, the EP led by single in the form of its title track, which was followed up by “Lonely People,” which he describes as “my personal feelings of loneliness and how society is a bunch of lonely people looking for a connection through social media without actually connecting with another human.” Let Us Pray accumulated over 82 thousand streams on spotify across 20 different countries.
In July of 2018, Amon Re released New Strange Fruit, a collaborative project with Italian producer Dirty Meth Dopamina. After collaborating with Italian producer Dirty Meth Dopamina on one track, which turned out to be the title track, the pair decided to do an EP together. Amon is stepping out of his comfort zone with New Strange Fruit EP, so you will hear a different sound from the NC emcee. The sound Dirty meth Dopamina develops keeps his noise and psychedelic background, while melts it with smokey and relaxing atmosphere, with a 90's hip hop wink. New Strange Fruit was received well and has over 43 thousand streams online with features in blogs from the US to the U.K. “Amon Re is taking music consciousness to a higher level” one blogger writes. “With passion and great wordplay, Amon Re is an artist that you want to add to your playlist-and to your radar” another blogger adds. In February Amon Re was interviewed by DJ Eka of Rockdem Radio out of New York leading to a performance in Queens, NY in April, 2019. Amon lit the stage on fire and was asked to join the show as it goes on the road to Canada and England.
Amon Re has recently collaborated with RnB singer Ebonie Black as a co-writer on a four track EP for the singer. This is a different role than Amon is used to but this falls into the long term plan for his brand. The pair are currently in the recording process for the project at Sound Sonar studio location on the Southside of Chicago.
Citing Big Pun’s Capital Punishment as the musical backdrop to his teenage years (and Slick Rick’s “Children’s Story” as an example of the kind of timeless music he hopes to make), he credits his mom’s old record collection as the fertile ground in which he would sow his own musical tastes. He has projects dating back to 2004 at the link below.