The latest hip hop EP from Jahn Rome, 'So I Can Sleep at Night'

The man's nerdy acumen is well documented, and his mic skills are in effect so I got to post about the latest from Jahn Rome, one half of the Marcus & Rome duo.

Another introspective collection of tracks from Jahn Rome that catches my attention from the moment I hit play, and damn good track, Run. Seriously get Rome's flows stuck in my head majorly and the only cure is repeated listens. 

The title is appropriate for those insomniacs that are kept awake by their own brain. All the tracks on So I Can Sleep At Night feel very 'of the moment' Im not sure how long this album took Rome to make, but I'm glad he got it off his chest, He went and wrote a song about it, and we are all better for it. 

All songs prod. by @owenyandere <3
Mixed & Mastered by me

Released May 6 2016 //
— Jahn Rome

Taking in the colors: Jahn Rome - Winter in Color EP review

Rhymes from the heart. 

Alt rap flows from Jahn Rome, who readers may know better as one half of beloved hip hop duo Marcus and Rome. Rome takes on some personal demons in five laid back songs. It took me a moment to get drawn into this album, and at first I was hoping for something grittier, more visceral on the first go through. More in line with the Rated 'D' For Dope album that introduced me to Jahn Rome. As I shifted through various new music though, I caught myself mumbling some of the hooks from the album, namely Way Back (Prod FKA Yandere). So despite my innate reluctance to get into a more personal type of hip hop flows, the album grabbed hold of me like a great squid.

Technically there are no true references to video games, but the light, flowing electronic grooves clearly evoke some clear chiptune stylings. Each track is produced by a different composer, but the album keeps the airy flow of rhythms consistent throughout.

As I mentioned, Rome takes a personal, introspective look at himself over five tracks. The vulnerability and self doubt he expresses in I Know You're Scared (Prod. swell) and Lead You, You Go (Prod. Alice) are expressed clearly, but far from the cornball direction some 'serious' rap can go. There are plenty of emotional highs as well, such as the aforementioned Way Back, which features plenty of hopeful and uplifting lines.

When you juxtapose this with Rome's previous album, M&R's Rated 'D' For Dope, you can see quite a bit of versatility in Rome's flows and writing.

Expect to hear a track or two from this album on future episodes of SUBCON. Needless to say, this album gets bonus points for also being a Winter album. I'm highly partial to season based music, especially ice cold winter tunes that I can bump as I melt in the summer heat starting in about a month.

Whether Jahn Rome decides to drop more solo music, or team up with Marcus for another album, I can't wait to hear more from this guy, I'll be playing this album on repeat in the mean time.

I’m ready to go.
— Jahn Rome

Listen to Subcon Podcast 14: talking Castlevania OST, Notorious B.I.G. and Super Mario Bros DX

Video games. Hip hop. 

On this week's episode I bump some recent discoveries of mine, including new Marcus & Rome, and the latest 2 Mello. I also argue that Super Mario Bros. Deluxe is the best video game remake ever, before gushing about the original Castlevania soundtrack. I also interpret the lyrics of Slim Thug in regard to the plot of Final Fantasy IX in a new 'Video Game Based Lyrics Corner' segment!

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