Nowadays, it’s easy to get lost in the sea of underground and independent rap music. But every so often, the industry gets a glimpse of diamonds in the rough. One such artist is Luis Rocha Ramos. Also known by his stage name FYM Lewis, the artist has caught the attention of many influencers, putting him on the music community’s radar.
FYM Lewis (FYM stands for Free Your Mind) is a rapper with an undeniable passion for music and storytelling. He’s from the quiet Salem, Oregon, but has been creating noise in the local scene and beyond with his hard-hitting music. Luis is the genius behind high-quality tracks like “Call Me Up,” “Compressed,” “Automatic,” “Broken Bottles,” “Get That,” “Poles,” “Girl I Knew,” and “Cold Hearted,” to name a few.
The artist’s style is both polished and raw at the same time. That’s probably because of the hybrid mix of unpolished lyrics and refined delivery that the artist masterfully blends. FYM Lewis is not ashamed to bear it all, adding every sense of honesty and authenticity to his music brand and raining down upon people a magnificent array of emotions, both good and ugly. “Nowadays, rappers rap about things they never do but that is not me,” shares Luis Rocha Ramos. “I stay truthful to my fans.”
FYM Lewis will be the first to point out his shortcomings in life. The artist struggled for a season with drugs, shortly battling with addiction and overuse. He shares the pain he felt early on due to family issues, which put him on a railroad of self-inflicted trouble and pain. But what was first a tragic thread of events would later become a story worth telling, turning into an anthem that people with the same struggles would find solace in during moments they need it most.
Today, a niche group of people finds peace in Luis’ music, treating his songs as a form of “coping mechanism.” The tranquil and meditative state that the artist’s melodies bring work well with the bear-it-all tale-telling that turns into an autobiography of tragedy turned into triumph. Luis hopes that his music would inspire and heal people, showing them that there is a way out of their predicaments. He’s no stranger to trauma himself, having had to deal with various misfortunes in his relationships, career, and life as a whole.
While FYM Lewis’s lyrics are raw, they are far from spontaneous. The musician and rapper puts a lot of thought, research, and effort into his rhymes, trying to move away from music cliches and finding new ways to express the emotions welling up inside him. The result is a beautiful display of sounds and beats with his niche crowd growing by the day.
The artist has his eyes on the prize and is aiming high. He hopes to one day share stages with some of the rap world’s biggest names and record tracks with world-class artists. And he has the work ethic and perseverance to match the ambition. FYM Lewis hopes his music would expand and propagate as he hopes to help more people through troubled times with his music.