Morrison, CO – Sitting backstage at the picturesque Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado, an unassuming musical force of nature — bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes of the Boston funk band Lettuce — is dressed down in blue jeans, a tie dye t-shirt and a baseball hat that simply reads “Jesus,” allowing his wild mane of curly blonde hair to flow freely. No one would guess how deeply-rooted in Hip Hop the Grateful Dead-loving musician actually is.
From working on Kanye West’s “All Falls Down” and Eminem’s “Crack A Bottle” with Dr. Dre and 50 Cent, the Berklee School of Music graduate has his fingerprint on a litany of some of the culture’s most impactful songs. Consequently, he’s cultivated relationships with several iconic Hip Hop figures. In fact, DJ Quik coined his nickname in front of an audience.
“When I first got out of Berklee, I would work with Quik all the time,” Coomes tells HipHopDX. “There were just years and years of lots of different things happening in the studio where I was pretty much focused on music. I was not participating in any of the studio debauchery. He’s like, ‘Dude you’re like Jesus.’