Jerrell Grimes is one such artist that epitomizes the essence of the modern era. Born and raised in Newport, Rhode Island, now based in Tampa Bay, Florida, Grimes uses originality and his experiences, with his musical acumen, to create an original musical sound and write authentic award winning book(s).
While freehand poetry, rhymed poetry and non-fiction will always be his literary foundation, Jerrell Grimes' art form and expression has evolved; expressing himself through music with his witty bars, versatile and emotive cadence, and intricate wordplay. With a wide range and vast array of musical influences, he accredits the pivotal influences and inspiration in his life and artistry to Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil' Wayne, Jay Z, Beyoncé, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, and Notorious BIG. This all culminates into Jerrell Grimes producing a musical experience that is enjoyable, easy going but also authentic and grounded.
He is also inspired by Hip Hop entrepreneurs that have evolved into media moguls such as Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, Master P., and Diddy. He plans to emulate these feats as he has also established himself as an entrepreneur with an independent mass-media brand specializing in print, audio and visual media.
Jerrell is a cancer survivor, an award-winning author, songwriter, singer, and rapper. He currently has 4 published books. His latest book, Black Boys Don't Speak (2019) received a Presidential Bronze medal from the Florida Authors & Publishers Association, in 2020.
Jerrell Grimes is the first African American award-winning author, rapper, singer-songwriter & entrepreneur from his hometown, the world renowned Newport, Rhode Island.
Black Boys Don't Speak: This is the Remix will be available for preorder beginning Friday, September 9, 2022.
Black Boys Don't Speak: This is the Remix is the special edition re-release of the 2019 award-winning memoir, Black Boys Don't Speak.
Many men, young and old, often internalize and hold on to trauma. With very few outlets and opportunities to express themselves, the effects of trauma may manifest in various ways.
After surviving pediatric cancer, two nearly fatal car accidents, and being married and divorced before the age of 30, Jerrell Grimes is a true champion and refuses to be defeated. In this special edition re-release, readers are invited to experience his journey of self-discovery as he transforms trauma into triumph.
"You must understand that a great calling requires a great fight. If you have a vision, you must expect adversity. The worst thing you can do is think you are invincible from error, or thinking things can't go wrong on your journey. If you get blindsided, you most likely won't be prepared to respond." - Jerrell Grimes, Black Boys Don't Speak: This is the Remix
*Award Winning, Bronze Presidential Award, Florida Authors & Publishers Association (2020)