Recently we've been anticipating the release of Rome Clientel's, The Empire 2: The Battlegrounds EP.
So far we've covered two singles leading up the release of the project, "Free" & "One Life to Live". The Elmira, NY emcee kept the same feel all of the way through. The Empire 2 represents the metaphorical battle that emcees have to take part in when they're coming up in the game.
Rome spends a lot of time speaking on the idea of confrontation and its consequences, many of which can be felt by the common person.
Rome goes for a handful of different sounds on The Empire 2, "One Life to Live" and "Troubled Child" have more of a smooth, soulful sound, while "The Glass House" and "Free" are more confrontational. While juggling these different sounds, he still manages to stay true to his own.
Nonetheless, every track on the project sparks thought on issues like overcoming struggle and fighting to find your place in the world. Things that everyone can find a way to relate to.
Features on The Empire 2 include Rav.P, Alias, Devon Wright, and REKS. Production contributions come from ATG, Kount Fif (of the Swashbucklers), Chaundon, and more.
Videos to go with the project are expected to come sometime in the near future, so keep your eyes open.
– Keith Reid-Cleveland