Over the past year, Rome Fortune has given fans three full projects, collaborated with a number of impressive producers for one off singles, and has toured the country bring his brand of addictive steady wordplay to the masses. To say that he has been putting in work, requires one to assume he ever takes off, which is entirely incorrect. Rome is only one month removed from celebrating the release of his third project, the stellar Small VVorld, and he already has new music to share with listeners.
"Pure" doesn't have the overabundance of confidence that fans have come to expect from the young emcee's songs. While the typical easygoing flow remains, it doesn't function to highlight his nonchalant cockiness; rather, Rome utilizes it to push out some of his dark secrets. "Pure" isn't about ambition, money, or women—even though he alludes to them all—it's about one man's anxiety on the path he has chosen for himself. Rome's vulnerability and the way he unabashedly bares all is simultaneously inspiring and disconcerting; nevertheless, it is absolutely amazing to hear.
Jacques Greene provides the production on "Pure" and his ethereal vocal sample greatly aids Rome's introspective rant. The bass steadily crawls molasses-like across the track, which compliments the muted flow and sets the entire vibe right. Muffled production gives the emcee enough room to full express himself and be heard clearly; so his voice can have the emotional impact of the weighty lyrics.
Rome Fortune has had many great collaborations before, but this has to be in his top five so far. Jacques Greene did an unbelievable job handling the production and Fortune delivered in an unexpected way. If you are, justifiably, excited about this song and want to hear more, you can catch Rome touring right now or head to his soundcloud to find a serious archive of great tunes.