Picture it. Racine,1982, on a pretty chill Thursday morning in Wisconsin, a star is born.
Local gospel singer Lesia Hill and Pianist Ronald J Weaver Sr. give birth to their second son, Romell A. Weaver, b.k.a. Rmllw2llz (Romell with 2 L’s). Growing up in a musical home, including organ lessons starting in the third grade and singing in the school and church choir, it wouldn’t be long before his older now late cousin Maquan Kimmons would introduce a very young Rmllw2llz to hip hop. It was at the tender age of 7-years-old he knew his life would never be same. After a few short weeks of listening to everything from De La Soul to 2 Live Crew and just about everything in between, young 2llz figured out quickly that this was a culture he could thrive in. Driven by a love for words and a God-given ability to work them into intricate patterns, Rmllw2llz would embark on a musical journey creating lasting memories with beautiful people.
High school brought about a new era in hip hop that would make the biggest impression yet on the up-and-coming emcee. While rap giants like Notorious B.I.G, Tupac, Nas, Jay-z, Busta Rhymes, DMX and similar artists taking off, there was something about Jurassic 5, Black Star, Common, A.T.C.Q., The Roots, Gang Starr and other “underground hip hop” artist/groups that completely captivated Romell. So at 13-years-old Romell got his first job at Racine Racquetball Club, cleaning exercise equipment and vacuuming floors, so he could record music at Wimpey’s Recording Studio in Racine, WI for $25 an hour. Soon after, he wrote and recorded his first song titled “We Do It Like This for the ‘98” with a close friend and fellow J.I. Case High School classmate, Adebisi Agoro (aka. Reign Supreme, now known as Armstrong Ransome). With a little success from the first song and a couple more paychecks, Romell would return to Wimpey’s to record another track with a group of high school friends including Adebisi before moving away to El Paso, TX at the end of his sophomore year. At 19-years-old, after a short college career, Romell entered the United States Air Force at the request of his late aunt Mernia Hill. It was at Offutt Air Force Base Omaha, NE in a freestyle cypher, Romell would meet up-and-coming producer, Samuel Christopher Kibby (aka. KaeSwoL), who would then introduce him to novice producer Kenny “Madd Man” Mojica. And just like that, he was writing and recording songs again.
This is when when Romell really began to pursue a career as a hip hop artist, crafting radio singles and albums to try for mainstream success. When his Air Force career ended in 2005, with very little success in his hip hop career and a handful of beats from St. Louis born producer Joseph “Joe Black” Finney, Romell moved to Louisville, KY to be closer to his older brother Ronald Weaver Jr. and the rest of his family.
Life is ever-evolving and so is Romell. After numerous name changes and studio situations in 2012, Tae (Romell’s wife and mother of his then 2-year-old son Romell Jr.), introduced him to a cab driver who worked at her job. Matthew Davidson was a husband and a father himself, who happened to own a well-equipped studio in his basement. He also engineered for then newcomer singer-songwriter J.K. Mabry. In 2013, Rmllw2llz released his debut mixtape, “Olde Coffee,” using only the beats he brought with him to Louisville. This gained him instant recognition:
“RMLLW2LLZ is instantly a player in hip-hop. With a name and voice that are hard to forget, his time is now.” - Damien McPherson Leo Weekly ,
This mixtape propelled him to the front of a hip hop scene in the middle of a rebuild. With that momentum, Rmllw2llz continued to self-release singles, albums and EPs, and he continued to get lots of performances and great reviews that landed him and his rap group, Who Got The Rent Money, a 2016 deal with independent record label Little Heart Records. After the untimely passing of Little Heart owner Bryan Puckette shortly after signing, Rmllw2llz decided to start his own independent record label called Kr8vN8vs Records.
Through his own label, he released his most critically acclaimed project to date, Concerto No.9 Movement II. This release, produced by producer/artist Yons, earned him a 2017 Louisville Music Award Hip Hop artist of the year nomination for a second year in a row. It also opened the door to new opportunities, including opening performances for Rakim, Raekwon, David Banner, Big Boi (OutKast), KRS-One, Arrested Development, Slum Village, Casual (Hieroglyphics), Carly Johnson, and Warren G. He has also headlined local festivals such Poorcastle, Louisville Waterfront 4th of July Celebration, and the Mighty Kindness Hoot.
More than just an artist, Rmlw2llz has consistently held fundraisers and charity events in his community. Most notable is his coat drive, which he has coordinated every fall for the past five years. He also produces a hip hop radio show with Derrick “DJ DS” Smith and Paris “W.I.P” Sims. You can hear their show, I and Eye Radio, Tuesdays from 10-midnight on the local nonprofit radio station 97.1 FM WXOX Louisville, Artxfm.com.
The only thing he believes in more than the music is the culture!
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