"Yeah, that's my grandfather. My grandfather's side of the family is a bunch of Jazz musicians. Nat & Cannonball Adderley, my grandfather's Richard Adderley, they played with Miles Davis... and my grandfather, he's a beast," Rome Fortune ecstatically revealed to THE HUNDREDS writer Senay Kenfe during a 2015 Small VVorld EP-centric interview; Kenfe was inquiring about a suspicious underlying Jazz/Hard Bop influence running through his Beautiful Pimp I-II mixtapes. It makes a bit more sense, taking his Jazz roots into account, that Rome Fortune has worked with such a wide array of genre-spanning producers and musicians such as Neo-Soul-minded multi-instrumentalist Chris McClenney, Jazz-inclined Electronic producer Four Tet, Grimes-affiliated song-writer and producer BloodPop (formerly Blood Diamonds), and Haitian-Canadian Hip-Hop/R&B producer KAYTRANADA. Rome Fortune can easily be categorized as a by-product of fellow ATLiens OutKast & Goodie Mob and has vehemently embraced many young Atlanta-based emcees including iLOVEMAKONNEN, OG Maco, Dun Deal, and Childish Major.
After teasing "new toro y rome" in a series of Tweets shared on Monday, January 9th, @romefortune proceeded to unexpectedly upload two new Toro Y Moi-produced tracks on his Soundcloud. He and Toro Y Moi frontman Chaz Bundick had previously worked together on a number of occasions over the years: first, on his 2013 FKi-produced non-album cut "Grind," which sampled a composition of the same name from Bundick's Les Sins side-project, "Pitch Black" and "Benjiminz" from Toro Y Moi's 2015 Hip-Hop-leaning Samantha mixtape, VVORLDVVIDE PIMPSATION-featured "Long Days," and now, a newly-remixed version of "Boo Boo Mobile" fittingly titled "BOO MOBILE II" and "Leotard." It's unclear as to whether or not we'll ever get a full-length Toro Y Rome project or if we'll just keep getting randomly placed loosies like we've been getting, not entirely unlike Rome Fortune's scattered output with Four Tet... regardless, it seems as though Beautiful Pimp III—the proper follow-up to Rome's critically-acclaimed 2016 Fool's Gold debut, Jerome Raheem Fortune—should be expected sooner than later. "BEAUTIFUL PIMP 3 2017," reads Rome Fortune*'s updated Soundcloud tagline.