|Birth name||Abel Demeke Meri|
|Born||August 23, 1980|
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
|Genres||Hip hop music|
Born in Ethiopia, Meri moved to the UK at the age of three. His family moved to Bahrain in 1985 before relocating to Los Angeles in 1990 after the start of the Gulf War. Meri claims he was playing outside at a friend's house in Los Angeles on April 29, 1992, just two miles away from the intersection of Florence and Normandie where the attack on Reginald Denny occurred during the 1992 LA riots. Meri said he witnessed much of his Koreatown, Koreatown neighborhood burned down during the riots after the acquittal of the police officers charged with beating Rodney King. Meri has said this left an impression on him at the age of 11 years-old and would influence his perspective and works.
Meri has released over 70 songs on SoundCloud beginning in 2016. His remixes of popular and iconic rap songs earned him attention for their positive messages and Meri’s lyrical ability. After releasing original songs on SoundCloud, he officially released "Make It Last" in March 2020 on his independent imprint, Soul Full Music. He released more independent singles the same year, including "Where The Hope At", "Jaded", and "Ignite" produced by DJ Pain 1, along with 2 EPs, Smooth and TNSZ - The No Skip Zone.
Following the deaths of George Floyd, Shooting of Breonna Taylor, and Killing of Rayshard Brooks, and against the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter movement, Meri’s latest EP #BLM was well-received by critics for its message of civil rights and rebuke against racism and inequality in America. An official video for the lead single, "Black Lives Matter", was shot at the Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, DC, during the 2020 Juneteenth memorial.
Truth to Power
Meri’s follow-up to #BLM, titled Truth to Power, was released on September 3, 2020. Ebbony Epinillos, writing in The Source, called the album “a notable addition to the repository of BLM-inspired art.”
Meri has been noted for his unconventional bootstrap recording process. After noticing the acoustic similarities between a traditional recording booth and the cockpit of a car, Meri experimented with recording vocals from the driver seat of his car. The results led to a recording workflow that Meri claims has led to produce studio-quality music.
In the media
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- "ACE Repertory - Where The Hope At". ASCAP. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
- "ISRC Search - Jaded". ISRC Search. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
- "ACE Repertory - Ignite". ASCAP. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
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- "ISRC Search - #BLM". ISRC Search. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
- Huldafire, Jubilee (2020-07-15). "Abel Meri's Bars are Raising the Bar on His Latest EP "#BLM"". Raptology. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
- "Abel Meri - #BLM (EP)". Stereo Stickman. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
- "The incredible Rap messenger 'Abel Meri' drops "#BLM" a prolific deep dive and social commentary on the current state of civil rights and police brutality in America". Muzic Mirror. 2020-06-20. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
- "Rapper Abel Meri Evokes the Power of Music to Provide Political and Social Commentary". Yahoo News. 2020-06-22. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
- "Rapper Abel Meri Delivers a Poignant and Timely Message with His Latest EP "#BLM"". Vents Magazine. 2020-07-01. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
- "ACE Repertory - Black Lives Matter". ASCAP. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
- Siddiq, Mustafa (2020-07-03), Black Lives Matter (Short, Music), Abel Meri, Soul Full Music, retrieved 2020-10-15
- Pierre, Ryann (2020-07-17). "Hustle and Flow: Rapper Abel Meri Is Shaking up the Recording Industry in the Comfort of His Car". New York Weekly. Retrieved 2020-10-15.