Rome Cee Gets Back in the Ring
Earlier in the year, up-and-coming Baltimore rapper Rome Cee coiled as many dope rhymes as he could into the one-minute “Rap Messiah Freestyle” that served as both an announcement of his signing to Under Sound Music and a warning shot for his latest album, The Extra Mile. Not one to rest on his laurels, Rome is once again back in the lab, prepping The Grey Area for release this winter. And once again, he’s teasing the album with a short but powerful track.
At two and a half minutes, “Black Ring” is quite a big longer than “Black Messiah Freestyle,” but still pretty compact, and crammed full of quotables. One moment he’s brunchin’ at a luncheon with internal rhymes galore, the next he’s slurring “Maryland” in his Balmer accent until it turns into “Merlin,” while producer Dischoe lays down a crisp, jazzy beat. And then there’s that hook about Mike Tyson’s face tattoo, which is hard to make much sense of but sure sounds cool.
Rome Cee—“Black Rings” by EverydayElk