Atlanta is no stranger to hip-hop. The current landscape of the genre, at least those who are quickly emerging within it, is made up of an overwhelming number of talented individuals from Chicago and Atlanta. Rome Fortune happens to be a rising star from Atlanta and his ascent in the industry is nothing to be overlooked.
Exactly one year ago today, Rome gave us Beautiful Pimp, the prequel to his latest project. The positive evolution of Rome between BPI and BPII is palpable as seen/heard by the content he has put out from then until now and the impressively growing network of collaborators working alongside him.
i have a full unreleased project w/dundeal, one with blood diamonds, one with ethereal, one with childish, about 3 more i can’t talk about.
Rome has been busy, to say the least and I look forward to hearing everything he disclosed above, but let’s talk about Beautiful Pimp II, which was entirely produced by CitoOnTheBeat. Cito is without a doubt on my list of favorite producers at the moment after hearing this body of work. Cito evokes an inherent sense of emotion in his sounds that grabs at you, and Rome approaches them masterfully. Rome speaks on the life he lives and envisions the future he hopes to bring to fruition, as well as the toll that must be paid in order to “get the guap” and reach the top. His delivery, conversational and personal, fits naturally on Cito’s varied, but consistently bellowing and beguiling, instrumentals — a quintessential combination.
Just as Rome says on “OneDay” — “One day, you’re gonna realize what I’m doing. One day, you’re gonna really feel my influence.”
This morning my mailbox was blessed with this short and sweet 3 track album from gaVen heVy. …Dedicated To Her is a collection of songs comprised of lyrics that I think many will be able to relate to laid over funky, drum-heavy and horn-laden instrumentals. I was immediately hooked when I heard the bassline and chorus to “…If You Asked?” and the rest of the album didn’t disappoint. This is one of those projects that will remind you what you are grinding for and maybe even give you that boost you need to grind harder. It’s sort of like a breath of fresh air. Although this album clocks in at just over 11 minutes, there is a lot skill, motivation, and dedication within these 3 tracks.
Ricky Hilprovides fans with a new collection of music to enjoy in Lost Limos 5, available as a free download. The new mixtape features 16 tracks with guest appearances from Fat Trel, Troy Ave, Ro Ransom, and Mommy Has A Gun. Its very dark featuring tales of drugs, women and depressed times. The best offerings are ”Tell You Some Shit,” “State,” “Sittin On The Pavement,” and “I’m Never Frontin.”
The L.A. Leakers compile a corp of upcoming talent on their new mixtape, 2014 Draft Picks. DJ SourMilk and Justin Credible deliver new exclusive music from Troy Ave, Joey Fatts, Skeme, Migos, Iamsu!, Casey Veggies, Logic, Que, Black Cobain, and more. Hit-Boy, Rey Reel, League Of Starz, and Eli Myles are a few beat makers that handle the production on the 17 track collection.
In the fall of 2013, Da$h delivered Double A-Side: Vol. 1. Now, he’s back with Vol. 2, which features a pair of tracks in “Intoxicated Scarfaces” and “On The Real,” both produced by Mordecai Beats. The former features a guest appearance from Remy Banks.
The NJ rapper and H’Z member released one of my favorite projects of 2013 with V.I.C.E.S. Let’s see what he has planned for the upcoming year.