Rome Fortune is the enigma of new Atlanta’s indie wave: talented, energetic and unexpectedly wise. His ruffled look and off balanced flow are the perfect cover to hide his unbeknownst whit. It’s there where you find the 26-year-old emcee relaying hard life lessons through the masquerade of rap clichés and simple, yet straightforward bars. It’s physically evident too. Three of Rome’s most recent projects (Small VVorld, Beautiful Pimp and Beautiful Pimp II) feature half naked women on the cover. Each represent one of rap’s oldest visual platitudes, each also carry a message hidden to dullest of minds.
Growing up in Atlanta one would think Fortune’s influences marinated in southern sauce (or sawse as Gucci Mane would put it). And they do to some extent. Rome’s childhood was fathered by a northern sound though. His parents and older siblings put the melodies of Wu-Tang Clan and Gangstarr in his ear early rather than the meridional trap offerings of a Master P or Three 6 Mafia. It’s why you hear both when you listen his music. Versatility is what Rome Fortune is going for.
“I can exist in multiple worlds and still be authentic. As long as I’m giving off that emotion that impacts in the way I want it to, that’s all I care about.”
Already releasing three projects in 2014 Rome isn’t finished working. In fact, the hustle has only begun. After performing at a string of shows in New York, he plans to finish off his debut album at the top of next year. It’s the culmination of everything he’s done to this point musically. Beyond his own career, Rome Fortune’s goal is to inspire an even younger generation of hip-hop contemporaries. If his execution of this is any bit as successful as his work in the studio, the ATL’s future is very bright.
“I want to be the representation of this next generation coming up behind me. I want these kids under me to not put themselves in a box. That’s why I make so many different types of music. It’s okay to make rap just a skill set, that doesn’t have to be your whole thing.
“These past two years a lot of genres have been reaching out to me and asking me to try different things and I’ve just been expanding what I want to do and expanding my versatility, making me better rapidly. It’s a constant challenge… I don’t want to do anything twice. I don’t want to make any type of album twice, any type of song twice. Every time I want to reinvent myself.”
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