New album: E Major, “Baltimore Bruin” | ft. Rome Cee, Kane Mayfield, King’s Khrysis, Kaimbr and more

Baltimore-bred, Los Angeles-based emcee E Major presents Baltimore Bruin, his new album featuring Cynthia Hawkes, Marc Evan, King’s Khrysis, Kaimbr, UllNevaNo, Rome Cee and Kane Mayfield as well as original production from Rexamillion, August Flight Gordon, Khrysis, Roddy Rod, IllMeasured, Minus Nine, Eddie Pearson and Sham Dibiase. E’s album Better Than Yours had already made Baltimore City Paper’s top ten albums of 2011 – two years after dubbing his Majority Rules album “a classic” – by the time his hit “Paper Runnin’” started doing the rounds on 92Q, later remixed by local legend DJ Booman. Wielding common-sense lyricism and a relaxed, persistent flow which presides on equal footing over boom-bap and trap alike, E’s shared stages with Lupe Fiasco, Wale, and Little Brother and has gotten the nod from Okayplayer, MTV, VH1 and DJ Booth. Three videos from the project have already been released: “Outrageous” (watch here), ”Feature Presentation” (watch here) and “Zodiac Freestyle” (watch here).

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New Music: Rome Cee – GONE

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Rome Cee is back with more good music. “Gone” is the type of track that works perfectly for Rome’s style; smooth piano keys matched with energetic rhythms. I particularly like the synth that introduces the 3rd verse. Rome matches the production with his earnest approach to lyrics. He soars on the chorus, lifted by staccato strings and gets grounded on the verses where he spits lines like “I been shinin’ on with no worries/ grindin’ all through the flurries/ the beginnin’ of the year had that time capsule buried.” Rome’s at his best when he’s painting pictures like that.

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New Music: Rome Cee x Greenspan – The Harvest

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When Rome Cee asked me to do the art for the single off his collab with Baltimore MC, Greenspan I had to give the track before I started and right away I was feeling it. Produced by the homie August Flight Gordon, the track called “The Harvest,” has a soulful vibe but doesn’t feel like a retreading of the soul sound of say a 9th Wonder. It feels fresh and has a nice energy thanks to the rolling drum loop. On top of having a bangin’ beat, both Rome and Green rip it and it makes me excited for the EP.

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