There is no better school when it comes to Hip-Hop than that of experience and no better a location for that school than the streets of Chicago. Having pulled from all regions and coasts, one thing that can be said for your Chi-Town rappers is they always wear a different coat to their home-town associates. From the tonguistic Twista, to the cognizant Common and to the lyrical Lupe, each persona embodies a different dynamic encouraging the stability and recognized diversity of their city.
Romey is no different. Rapping from an early age having studied the works of the masters, Rakim & KRS One, he looks like he is ready to find an available spot and make sure his name stays as constant as his contemporaries and his teachers. With an ability to recognize the areas that an unsigned artist needs to work at it is only a matter of time before he finds a situation appropriate to his needs.
With multiple mixtapes to his credit, an endorsement from Makaveli and having opened for nearly every major artist who has swept through the windy city, Romey gets into just what makes him and his state unique with us here at HipHopDX. Filling our MYSPACE artist of the month spot, he talks future plans and gang culture giving us an insight to what life before the dotted line is really all about.
Can you give us a brief background on how you got into rapping?
I got into rapping at an early age. I would listen to all the old school rappers from my uncles tape collection. I use to spend hours studying all the greats; Rakim, LL, KRS One, Run DMC, then once I got into junior high I just start battling and performing in talent shows and any other place I could perform, so I started trying to be a rapper very young.
Chicago has a serious gang presence which most of the US is unfamiliar with, how easy is it to get caught up in street life in Chicago?
It's virtually impossible for you to come up in the Chi and not be in a gang or affiliated with one. The gangs are so organized to the point where if you from this block you with this gang and even if you