West Coast hopeful R.O.M.E.'s mood seems to have done a 180 since last summer, when he brought us the bleak and gritty (but highly Booth-acclaimed) Cryin'. In contrast, new single We Can't Stop is about as upbeat as it gets, and that 's thanks in large part to producer Marquez, who serves up a groove borrowed from Naughty by Nature's party-rap classic, O.P.P. (itself sampled, of course, from the Jackson 5's even more classic A.B.C.). R.O.M.E. matches the head-noddable twice-sampled groove on the lyrical tip, delivering bouncy braggadocio just as on-point as his more serious material, and Brooklyn native CurT@!n$ delivers a guest verse as jam-packed with freshness as his stage name is irritating to type out – and believe you me, that's a lot of freshness. While R.O.M.E.'s latest full-length, 2010 Season, has yet to receive a solid release date, I'ma hazard a guess that it will drop sometime before the year's out. In any case, keep it locked for the latest!
Freddie Gibbs, Saweetie & Earl Sweatshirt: Best of the Week
Freddie Gibbs, Saweetie, and Earl Sweatshirt, among others, had the best new songs on Audiomack this week.