Baltimore’s own Hernan “Poppy” Coles, known to the world as Songwriter Allan Poe is a rapper and songwriter. He has captivated Hip Hop & R&B FANatics for over 5 years with his metaphors, storytelling and killer punchlines over melodic beats.
Poe began secretly writing poetry as a young man. Writing became a way to channel his depression and escape the harsh realities of the streets. His writing was and still is heavily influenced by the tragedies he’s experienced, including the untimely deaths of his mother, brother and the mother of his children. In early 2000, he decided to turn his love of writing poetry into rap songs/ballads with a little nudging from co-workers, friends and family.
Deciding he wanted to get serious about his music, he enrolled in community college taking classes in writing. There his writing evolved. He began composing songs and eventually stepped in the booth to create music. Becoming a songwriter/artist was no easy feat but his talent and willingness to overcome all obstacles are what fueled his fire.
Poe has reached both local and international success. In 2016, he self-promoted his first project IJUSWANNAWRITE by mailing over 10,000 copies to people all over the world including places like California, Ghana, Canada and the UK. His music quickly grew in popularity with fans commenting on how relatable his concepts are and how his well-crafted stories came to life through every lyric. The breakout hits on the album were “Everybody Dies in August” and “Slave to My Dick.” The success of IJUSWANNAWRITE gained Poe a loyal fan base that raves about his music.
His latest release If We Ever Make it Out includes singles “Can’t Afford It”, “Sippin on this Henny” and “Look at Their Faces” which delves more into his life and takes you on a journey of reflection, revelation and acceptance. This album is his ode to those struggling to get to the next level in life. Unlike his first project, “If We Ever Make it out” incorporates more upbeat songs and club bangers. His creativity is also found in the visual releases of Can’t Afford it and Sipping on this Henny.
Poe’s motto is “No safety Nets.” He is passionate about his music and taking risk to achieve his goals. He truly believes, your gifts will make room for you and loves to encourage kids “to use their talents as a compass to navigate their way through life.” Although he is an ever evolving artists, he is certain through his music people will experience his perseverance and will be inspired to never give up.