Rome Fortune and Ceej (producer, of Retro Sushi fame) have paired up to paint a picture of an Atlanta with which you might not be so well-acquainted. A city so lush with legacy, and still bubbling over with new (younger) talent, it’s almost unfathomable to imagine another artist popping up with any weight worth mentioning, let alone one toting a sincerely uncommon style. This is where LOLO slides in, stopping somewhere between the swagged-out arrogance of 2 Chainz, Future, and Gucci Mane, and the space station funk of the Dungeon Family‘s poster children.
Since Rome‘s Voyeur project, we see him take strides in a direction considered ’round these parts as “more refined” and, yes, wavy. Where the previous project’s sativa-headlock-like density was a major selling point (and one of contention between the homey Alex and I when voicing our opinions on the two releases), this new body of work unveils gliding pastures grown from a balanced formula of uncanny strangeness and overt accessibility. The key to achieving the latter is Rome’s own brand of language, effortless in mega-stylized delivery, finding safe haven in call-out chant’ish rhyme meters (i.e. that bit about deriving from some of the recent, swag-as-fuck ATL atmosphere)…thus turning any motions that could have gone toward the direction of textbook, spoken word poetics into some rather engaging rap antics.
Be sure to tune into Fresh Out The Box this Thursday evening (730-930pm EST) to catch Rome Fortune as our guest. We’ll talk the bustling younger rap scene in ATL as well as camo prints.