Anthony Hernandez a.k.a. Anthm
By Racine Guajardo
Anthony grew up in the suburbs of Eastside LA, moving around often in his younger years but primarily stayed in Whittier, CA. His writing began after the passing of his grandmother in the sixth grade. Anthony recalls, saying, “Ms. Grubb took me aside the day after she passed and gave me a composition book, she told me to write what I felt and it would help me, it did.” As most kids went home as soon as the bell rang, Anthony would stay at school longer than anyone else where he found bonds with teachers who would encourage his artistic side.
In his early 20’s he fell into a destructive lifestyle that led to partying, sex, and drugs. However there was no real meaning which made him lose his artistic vision. Eventually, Anthony moved past this phase and into a more socially acceptable standard way of living with a job and a girlfriend. Although his life seemed to be on the right track, he fell into a deep depression. He would attend therapy sessions and took medication but it didn’t help as he still felt unhappy. His life took a turn when a close friend introduced the idea of him turning his poetry into rhymes. These same friends started to convince him to also get into a studio and start recording.
Around 2007, Alex Ibarra was in his beginning stages of creating Illegal Productions (ill P), a local production studio, when he noticed Anthony rapping to himself. Seeing promise in the young rapper, Ibarra offered Anthony the opportunity to record an album. Since there meeting, Anthony has released two albums, and has performed at multiple venues all over the Los Angeles area.
When asked what he would want people to know about him, Anthony said, “that one day soon I can tell my niece that she can do anything if she puts her mind to it and show her my music as an example of that and to connect with people and let them know that they are not alone.”
Anthony describes his style as being poetic, speaking on real world situations and honest emotions. He sees himself like anyone else who has the same fears and concerns stating, “I don’t speak on things that I don’t live through. I’m not afraid to be uncool.”
If Anthony could give anyone advice, he said, “I love my people and truly hope that anyone who whole heartedly follows their dreams finds some level of success in it and a deep sense of satisfaction.”
Anthony a.k.a Anthm can be found on multiple social media sites; Facebook at Facebook.com/anthanthm, on Twitter @Antanthm, and Instgram as TheRealAnthm. His albums can be found on anthm.bandcamp.com, various songs on soundcloud.com/antanthm as well as his crew on soundcloud.com/alexibarrabeats.