Rome Streetz is a 36 year old MC from New York who broke out in 2016 off his debut mixtape I Been Thru Mad Shit. This was followed up by a plethora of projects, most notably the Noise Kandy tetralogy & Headcrack. But this current decade is easily his biggest one yet, as he dropped some of the best work of his career from the DJ Muggs-produced Death & the Magician or the Futurewave-produced Razor’s Edge to the Ransom-assisted collab effort Coup de Grâce & the Griselda Records deal that followed. His debut with the Buffalo powerhouse Kiss the Ring came in at the #9 spot on my Best Albums of 2022 list & is now enlisting Big Ghost Ltd. to produce his 8th album.
“Godspeed” is a spine-tingling piano opener with Rome talking about going from having to take a chance to doing shows internationally prior to Conway the Machine tagging along for the boom bap inflicted “Suicide” to acknowledge that both wordssmiths are on the opposite sides of the spectrum compared to anyone who wants to step up to them lyrically. “8Balls” ruggedly sets his eyes on the Ms just before “Gem Drop” works in some keys, kicks & snares justifiably referring to himself as the finest on the mic.
Method Man comes into the picture for the dusty “P’z & Q’z” to explain the policy being putting plenty of bread in their pockets leading into “Royal Flush” weaving a harp into the fold talking about eating gluttonously & trying to stack the money higher than the pearly gates. “Lobsters in Shoreditch” returns to the boom bap as he flexes the fact that he’s a mobster prospering, but then “Dope Stampz” has a more minacious tone sonically talks about being a king & not wanting to be compared to any of these washed motherfuckers.
The penultimate track “Majisty” keeps things dusty as he declares himself as royalty while the closer “Antidote” with Plex Diamonds finds the 2 hooking listeners up with the rap that they all fiending for from the cutthroat lyricism to the raw instrumental. “U Mad Huh?” however truly ends the album with a piano-boom bap laced bonus cut performed by Chyna Streetz as she calls out those envious of being the one that people chose & it happens to be amongst her best songs yet, raising anticipation for a potential full-length debut.
Big Ghost is amongst the most consistent producers in recent memory & Rome Streetz’ technicality is unmatched, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that both of their worlds colliding on Wasn’t Built in a Day would wind up being as much of a match made in heaven as it is. I’ll even argue that it’s an early Album of the Year contender. 35 & a half minutes of the greatest lyricists in the game rapping circles around everyone as the production takes it back to the basement as opposed to Gucci Ghost 2’s diverse range of sounds.