Andre "Herm" Lewis
Andre "Herm" Lewis is an O.G. turned community activist from the Hunters Point section of San Francisco, California. He is often credited with starting the independent compilation movement with 1993's Trying to Survive in the Ghetto, a groundbreaking collection of hardcore Bay Area underground rap featuring several rap artists, including Suga Bear, RBL Posse, and Cold World Hustlers.
Herm Lewis was an influence in the development of onetime Bay Area rapper-entrepreneur Master P, who used Herm's blueprint for West Coast Bad Boyz Vol. I, the first commercially successful No Limit Records release. The album featured "Trying to Make a Dollar out of Fifteen Cents", with RBL Posse and Master P together over Cameo's "Candy" beat; as is his custom, Herm contributed a positive message to the album as well.
Herm Lewis currently lives in Hercules, California, although he maintains an office on Harbor Road and stays involved in community events in Hunters Point, San Francisco.