#20. Rome Fortune- Beautiful Pimp 2
Rome Fortune gave us no lack of free music in 2014, whether it was loosies or album-quality mixtapes and EPs. Nonetheless, the one that takes the cake is definitely Beautiful Pimp 2, a follow up to 2013’s Beautiful Pimp. While it was his hottest, it was also easily one of the most underrated projects. The mixtape was a blend of hypnotic and internet-y production from Atlanta beatsmith Cito on the Beat, which undoubtedly led to the cohesive sound the mixtape carried, tied together by Rome’s constant reiteration: "I said…" He says a lot. From questioning his relations with a lady (“do she love me or wanna be famous?”) to his turnt-up contemplations (“my vision straight blurred, I’m outside, I dunno what happened but I’m snappin’ on everything and it’s probably ‘cause I’m so high”) to his rap game climb (“you know where I’m headed, I need my cheese breaded”). Cito on the Beat takes you on a mental vacation with his melodic beats, all of which have some sort of unique element, like the accordion sounds found on “I was on one, I can’t lie,” to the xylophone sounds incorporated into “One Day.” As Rome himself said: damn good, damn different.