Ramel "Real" J. Wallace
Hip hop artist.
Ramel J. Wallace is the Co founder of thChrch, a creative incubator and community space in Barrio Logan. thChrch has been a huge journey in merging creativity and entrepreneurship. Ramel's roots are as a Hip Hop artist name Real J. Wallace and he has taken his ability to control the crowd and turned it into an ability to run a business. As a black artist born & raised in San Diego it is his mission to represent the underrepresented and to speak for the unspoken. Ramel J. Wallace has spoken at USD, UCSD, SDSU, A Reason to Survive (ARTS) and many other nonprofits and institutions about how to use art as a form of social activism and therapy. He has helped launch many other small businesses and artist careers as an advocate for jobs in creative industries.
In 2015 he was honored as Delta Airlines Innovation Class winner where he was mentored by Grammy Award winner Ryan Lewis and sent to the Grammy’s for a life changing experience. Throughout his mentorship, Lewis reminded Ramel to respect his craft and to always speak out. This experienced was not only an inspiration to himself; Ramel saw the way this opportunity inspired others around him. He made it a personal mission to make it back to the Grammy’s one day and continue to chase his dreams of becoming a renowned Hip Hop artist, motivational speaker and community organizer.
After a number of self promoted releases and an average of three shows a month for six years, his unique blend of classic hip hop storytelling and eclectic style caught the ear of indie label New World Color. NWC has a reputation for supporting artists such as Aloe Blacc, Blu & Exile, Miguel, and Danny Brown as they found their way. Since signing in early 2014 Ramel has had the chance to work side by side with LA legends Blu and Mainframe, setting a high bar for his own development. He is anxious to prove his worth and ready to show everyone that his dedication to music and creativity can change the world.
His latest release is entitled Aloe Vera, an album that he says is as healing as the plant itself. The project is about grounding yourself in order to find the best way to grow. In his chase for sustainability Ramel has found fulfillment in both art and community, so he has invested his in things that combine the both. His mission is to become a walking Community Artist and to provide space for artist to create things with and for the community.