Andre "Herm" Lewis

Herm Lewis

Biography

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.

Discography

Herm - Trying To Survive In The Ghetto

Herm - Trying To Survive In The Ghetto

Black Power Productions 1993
Herm - Still Trying To Survive In The Ghetto

Herm - Still Trying To Survive In The Ghetto

Black Power Productions 1995
Herm - Solo Album

Herm - Solo Album

Black Power Productions 1998
Herm - Trying To Survive In The Ghetto 2000

Herm - Trying To Survive In The Ghetto 2000

Black Power Productions 2000
Herm - Back In Stride Again

Herm - Back In Stride Again

Black Power Productions 2002
Herm - We Made It Happen

Herm - We Made It Happen

Black Power Productions 2002

Guest Appearances

RBL Posse - A Lesson To Be Learned
  • Intro

RBL Posse - A Lesson To Be Learned

In-A-Minute Records 1992
Primo - Stickin' To The Script
  • Pump Ya Fist

Primo - Stickin' To The Script

Black Power Productions 1994
RBL Posse - Ruthless By Law
  • Outro (The Message)

RBL Posse - Ruthless By Law

In-A-Minute Records 1994
Fly Mar - Ya Betta Ask Somebody
  • See You When I Get There

Fly Mar - Ya Betta Ask Somebody

Fly Records 1994
JT The Bigga Figga - Dwellin' In Tha Labb
  • Young G's And OG's

JT The Bigga Figga - Dwellin' In Tha Labb

Get Low Recordz 1995
11/5 - Fiendin' 4 Tha Funk
  • Herm "Peace, Knowledge, Unity"

11/5 - Fiendin' 4 Tha Funk

Dogday Records 1995
T-Lowe - Keep It Real
  • Herm

T-Lowe - Keep It Real

Black Power Productions 1995
Guce - Clear And Present Danger
  • My Brother

Guce - Clear And Present Danger

Riot Records 1996
Skanless - The Book Of Skanless
  • The Showdown

Skanless - The Book Of Skanless

Black Market Records 1996
Sub Zero - S.M.D. (Sacramento's Most Dangerous)
  • The Ghetto

Sub Zero - S.M.D. (Sacramento's Most Dangerous)

Sub Groove Records 1997
T-Lowe - Mack-A-Flama
  • Intro

T-Lowe - Mack-A-Flama

Black Power Productions 1997
RBL Posse - An Eye For An Eye
  • So Tuff

RBL Posse - An Eye For An Eye

Big Beat 1997
Pooh-Man - The State Vs. Poohman
  • Herm Outro

Pooh-Man - The State Vs. Poohman

In-A-Minute Records 1997
Tha Gamblaz - Tha Gamblaz
  • Intro

Tha Gamblaz - Tha Gamblaz

Black-N-Brown Entertainment, Get Low Recordz 2000
Herm's Odd Couple - Thug Mania
  • Ghetto Spokesman

Herm's Odd Couple - Thug Mania

Black Power Productions 2000
The Unexpected - U Didn't Know??
  • Intro

The Unexpected - U Didn't Know??

Big Nest Records 2002
Bread Me Out Family - Millions In Da Making
  • Wonda Why

Bread Me Out Family - Millions In Da Making

CD One.Net 2008

Compilations

Master P Presents West Coast Bad Boyz: Anotha Level Of The Game
  • Intro

Master P Presents West Coast Bad Boyz - Anotha Level Of The Game

No Limit Records 1994
The Pusha' Man Compilation
  • Tribute To Mr. Cee

Various - The Pusha' Man Compilation

The Road Productions 1996
Cold World Hustlers - Anythang 4 Money
  • Scratch

Cold World Hustlers - Anythang 4 Money

Cold World Records 1997
Spread Yo' Hustle: Compilation Album
  • Comin' Up

Various - Spread Yo' Hustle

Swerve Records 1997
Dogday & Premiere Present Killahoe Music Vol. 1: Attack Of The Killahoe
  • Outro

Various - Dogday & Premiere Present Killahoe Music Vol. 1: Attack Of The Killahoe

Dogday Records 1997
The Southwest Riders
  • Intro

Various - The Southwest Riders

Sick Wid' It Records, Jive 1997
4080 Compilation Vol.3: The Twomp Sack
  • Bayluv

Various - 4080 Compilation Vol. 3: The Twomp Sack

Rusu Records 1998
Westside Riderz Vol. 1
  • Quote What I Wrote

Various - Westside Riderz Vol. 1

MobStyle Recordz 1998
Mike Mosley - Major Work Soundtrack
  • Step Into The Ring

Various - Mike Mosley Presents Major Work Soundtrack

Steady Mobbin' Productions, Warlock Records 1998
RBL Posse - Bootlegs & Bay Shit: The Resume
  • No Time For That

RBL Posse - Bootlegs & Bay Shit: The Resume

The Right Way Productions 2000
11/5 Collection$ II - Bootlegs & G-Sides
  • Get On Up

11/5 Collection$ II - Bootlegs & G-Sides

Dogday Records 2001
Nard T. Presents Frisco Legends
  • Interlude

Various - Nard T. Presents Frisco Legends

Temple Entertainment 2002
Various - Old Skool San Francisco Thug Life Rap!
  • Some Love

Various - Old Skool San Francisco Thug Life Rap!

Premiere Music 2015