This week Hood Critic Magazine caught up with Chicago based hip-hop artist Rome for a brief interview. With dreams of being recognized as a top Hispanic hip-hop artist, Rome also has plans of stepping outside of the music industry and become an entrepreneur. Take a look at his interview to learn more…
HCM. How did you come by your stage name?
Rome. I’ve had a fascination with Rome, Italy and it’s the foundation for as long as I can remember. Aside from it being one of my dream destinations the phrase “Rome wasn’t built in a day” really stuck with me when I decided to drop out of high school and focus on doing something I genuinely love: Music. I know the risk I took, I know how hard it would be, and I’m aware of the consequences I will face if I don’t make it but that excites me. The adrenaline, the rush, the doubt from outsiders fuels me. The Colosseum still stands to this day despite the rain, sunshine, and damage it’s been exposed to and I hope to make a similar stamp in the music industry with the sounds I create and put out into the world.
HCM. When did you discover your love for music and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
Rome. My love for music definitely began in highschool. Aside from never being able to focus or caring to pay attention, I would usually just doodle in my notebooks. Then one day we were given a quote on an assignment — although I don’t remember exactly what the quote was, I remember being intrigued with the wordplay and rhyming. That led to me writing small poems to more in-depth substance filled poems which later developed into me speaking my words over random instrumentals on YouTube and from there I fell in love with the way music was created, how much went into the writing, and how impactful words could be if used correctly.
HCM. What are some of your greatest challenges as an artist, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
Rome. The greatest challenge as an artist is getting someone who doesn’t know you, give your music a chance. My greatest attribute when it comes to this is the way that I deal under pressure. I do best under pressure because that ONE opportunity you get maybe the only one. Pressure creates diamonds and that’s why I ensure that everything I put out is my best work, at all times. From the catchy melodic hooks, I write and sing to the versatile rapping I do in the bars that I spit.
HCM. What impression would you like listeners to be left with after hearing your music?
Rome. I want them to resonate with the feelings and emotions that my music holds. I want them to know that whatever they’re going through I go through and they’re never alone.
HCM. What are your plans for the near future?
Rome. I plan on being the most successful Hispanic artist in the US. Aside from music I intend to dip my feet in fashion, art, and owning a business so that I can give back to the community I grew up alongside others in need.
HCM. Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
Rome. Huge shoutout to my team ROSE CULT — without them, the push wouldn’t be where it needs to be. Shoutout to my videographer Dave Luna as well as my engineer Chris Radostits for making what you see and hear possible.
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