aka Herman Loto, Herman Sakaria

An Ōtara original, Herman Lealaiauloto, aka Ermehn, got his start in the New Zealand hip-hop scene as one half of Radio Backstab & DJ Payback, the duo he shared with Jeremy Toomata. From there, he became one of the original members of the Otara Millionaires Club before going solo and releasing his debut album, Samoans: Part 2, in 1998. The hip-hop community was shocked by his death in July 2023.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Ermehn wrote music inspired by his first-hand experience of gang life growing up in South Auckland. On Monday, 17 July 2023, Herman died suddenly in Perth, Western Australia, where he’d lived since 2018, leaving behind a substantial legacy as a family man, musician, security company operator, martial arts practitioner and coach.

Samoans Pt.II
Stare & Whisper Feat. PNC & Paul Bob
Ermehn - Don't Be Late (Deepgrooves, 1998)
Walls Of Steel Feat.The Feelstyle
Ermehn - Trained to Kill (Anonymouz Workz, 2012)
Bank Job
As Real As It Gets Feat. FaceKilla,Young Sid,Mr Sicc & Dok02


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An original member of Otara Millionaires Club.

Notorious for performing with a machete in the early 1990s.

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