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Meet Jeronimo Speaks of Solace Coalition in Southside

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeronimo Speaks.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jeronimo. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was a hip-hop artist who was passionately grinding this art form while on the side writing spoken word at my leisure. One day, I went to try out for a competition and I noticed there were a lot of singers and hip-hop artist competing, so I decided to spoken word and I wowed the crowd and the judges. I met a well-known DJ by the name of DJ Slugo that day and he gave me amazing advice that I ran with to focus more on my poetry and that will open up more doors than I could imagine. I vigorously began grinding my poetry, in the same manner, I was pushing my hip hop every showcase, every open mic, every stage I attempted to be on 24/7. There wasn’t a moment where I wanted to rest or sit down, every mic I hit with hard hitting punches, witty rhyme schemes and a energetic performance. Eventually, my name started to resonate with people and my face blame more recognizable and I began getting more followers at the same time getting an offer to be on shows instead of me hunting the show down. I eventually built enough momentum to put my dreams on autopilot and go with the flow.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has definitely not been a smooth ride. My biggest hurdle was transitioning over from a hip hop scene to a poetry scene. The worlds were totally different 1 being hip hop was filled with a hood type environment meaning rowdy crowds, heavy partying, vulgar language and late nights. The other was the poetry community a chilled candle burning calmed relaxed environment with a bunch intellectuals and fans of the whole ora of poetry. It took some time adjusting to this new scene especially me being ruff around the edges, not understanding proper etiquette, and immature to a certain degree, the balance was definitely a struggle at first.

solace coalition – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I along with another artist Alicia “Restore’ Spikes created an artist activist coalition, where we work with a budding artist on the come up teaching them artist development, buisness structure, and the art of the grind. We then go into the community and feed the homeless and less fortunate, we also provide clothing, toiletries, and feminine hygiene products. we go into the juvenile detention center as well. We throw free youth open mics giving the kids a safe space to have fun, entertain, eat, and connect. We are most proud of our family attitude, solace draws the weak, the injured, the hurt, and the lonely and create a space of love worth and family. we help build them up artistically and personally and help to them to flourish in what ever they desire. what sets us apart from others is that we don’t confine ourselves to 1 outlet, we our composed of singers, poets, motivational speakers, dancers, hip hop artist and graphic designers. we do everything form philanthropy work, to being traveling performers, to artist development, and we do it all with a genuine heart and goal.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is objectionable, it changes view point to view point, person to person. My ideologies about success is that of your aren’t successful until your you have built something that your great grandkids will still be able to reap the benefits of it. In my opinion, there are no markers because every finish line is a starting point for a new race and there is a continuation until you either settle with your accomplishment or you pass them on to a successor with just as much vigor and promise.


  • solace souls sundays open mic | 2423 e. 75th street chicago il | show starts at 7pm | $10
  • food for the souls fridays open mic | 4153 183 street country club hills, il | show starts at 7pm | free
  • Tuesday night therapy open mic | 259 s. schuyler kankakee il | show starts at 7pm | $5

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