A Burlington, Vermont native and a disciple of the 802 hip hop crew Present Rhymes, Mertz is one of a handful of emcee's to help pick the Green Mountain's biggest city up by its bootstraps and create a sincerely buzz-worthy indie rap scene.
After taking his talents to Providence, Rhode Island in the spring of 2010 to sync up with his Present Rhymes band-mates, Mertz is once again stepping out solo. His follow up to 2009's The Rise Above It EP is set for an early-2014 release, and fans in the northeast can see Mertz performing live this winter.
As for the upcoming album, Mertz calls this effort "a step up for me in all aspects." As he explains, Mertz decided to focus his attention on making a solo album over a year ago when Present Rhymes was having a hard time linking up to work on music