Written By Ryan Lyons
Rome Cee, seemingly came out of nowhere and most great rappers do. The Extra Mile surfaced a couple months ago on local label Under Sound Music, a collective of artists seemingly influenced by 90’s hip-hop.
“By Your Side” produced by E.Hill is my favorite track on the album. It’s his most radio-ready track and his raspy voice compliments the choppy soul sample. He describes Baltimore in a way only a Baltimorean can. “It’s crabs in my city that don’t want success/ that daddy shit is in me really, I just want what’s best.”
“Mommy and Daddy” is another great track also produced by E.Hill. He chronicles his life and lessons within 3 minutes in 47 seconds.
The Extra Mile shows an emcee who has faced adversity and hasn’t let it wither his spirit. He raps like someone who’s struggled in the city and can look back at it all with wisdom and smiles. All in All, this effort is an album that I’d like to see from a Baltimore artist. I’m looking forward to seeing his progression this year.