Rome Fortune has more girls than he can put up with, and it rarely works out with any of them for him. Life of a pimp, I guess. That’s the gist of the message behind his new mixtape, named, well, Beautiful Pimp II. It dropped last week on The Fader, and was produced entirely by Cito On The Beat, with an assist from Fortune’s grandfather on the vibraphone. For the most part, the tape is languid, with sparse drums straight out of the box and toy synths that seesaw up and down. There’s a couple tracks that stand out, like the R&B jump off “Bad For Me” and the ’80s electro throwback of “Secretly.”
But the formula they seem to be teasing at throughout the album really shines through on “Tropical.” It’s full of dynamic drums with rolling flourishes and distant toms; chopped vocal samples; and optimistic melodies. Like the beat, Fortune’s mood overcomes the struggles he’s been deliberating over, and he finally gives in to the moment. It’s sort of one long hook, but I can’t even really be mad about that. It’s like eating mega-stuffed Oreos. His flow is as relaxed as possible, advanced effortlessly by the beat. He’s on his way to the top no matter what now, and he’s gunna walk off into the tropical sunset regardless. He just “feel good like this.”
Cito is a producer from Jersey City, and I actually happened to stumble onto his work about an hour before hearing the Fortune tape. I thought I’d been digging for too long when I heard the “Cito on the beat” drop. But yes, indeed, it was the homie again. I’d just added his cut from last Spring, “Call Me Papi,” to my downloads folder. It’s a trap joint mixed with Latin trumpets, a conga section, and Spanglish rapping that bigs up his Dominican heritage. His follow up mixtape from the fall, Spanish Lingo, takes a similar approach. But it also hints at his upcoming interest in EDM, which is what his Soundcloud is currently filled with.
Anyway, lose yourself in “Tropical,” and try to forget that we’re going through yet another cold front. At least it’s not a Polar Vortex this time around. I’m about to dip to the DR right quick.