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"My Inner War Review"

Today, The DJBooth is proud to premiere My Inner War, the brand new video from underground NY emcee Rome Clientel. The visuals are a perfect fit for the song, and what really captured our attention is the video’s simplicity. Rome isn’t trying to play a character or flaunt his swag, instead he’s actually dressed a lot like the blue collar man he evidently is. That’s really his biggest appeal; he isn’t talking smack or playing games, just telling it like it was and letting his music speak for itself. Of course, it helps when that music is driven by an incredibly smooth beat from Kount Fif, which is filled with beautiful piano notes and vocal samples. You can check out more no-nonsense hip-hop like this from Rome on his latest project, The Empire 2: Battlegrounds EP, available for free stream and download right here on The DJBooth.
- DJ Booth


"My Inner War Review"

Today, The DJBooth is proud to premiere My Inner War, the brand new video from underground NY emcee Rome Clientel. The visuals are a perfect fit for the song, and what really captured our attention is the video’s simplicity. Rome isn’t trying to play a character or flaunt his swag, instead he’s actually dressed a lot like the blue collar man he evidently is. That’s really his biggest appeal; he isn’t talking smack or playing games, just telling it like it was and letting his music speak for itself. Of course, it helps when that music is driven by an incredibly smooth beat from Kount Fif, which is filled with beautiful piano notes and vocal samples. You can check out more no-nonsense hip-hop like this from Rome on his latest project, The Empire 2: Battlegrounds EP, available for free stream and download right here on The DJBooth.
- DJ Booth


"Betta Luv Em Review"

I’m going to keep beating you in the head with this Rome Clientel music until you start believing. Everything we have been posting from Rome lately hails from his most recent project, The Empire 2: The Battlegrounds EP. So by now, I would hope everyone has downloaded that FREE joint. Keep your ears peeled..Jamie Curtis and Mike Myers…what you know about that new jacks! - Hip Hop Dependency


"Betta Luv Em Review"

I’m going to keep beating you in the head with this Rome Clientel music until you start believing. Everything we have been posting from Rome lately hails from his most recent project, The Empire 2: The Battlegrounds EP. So by now, I would hope everyone has downloaded that FREE joint. Keep your ears peeled..Jamie Curtis and Mike Myers…what you know about that new jacks! - Hip Hop Dependency


"RVD Review"

As Rome Clientel prepares to release his Golden Era Music debut and the labels upcoming compilation project he gives us the Certified fresH new unintentionally and ironically titled joint “RVD.” The emcee reflects on his past and sizing up his future, delivering aggressive bars with his trademark gritty delivery - Kevin Nottingham


"RVD Review"

As Rome Clientel prepares to release his Golden Era Music debut and the labels upcoming compilation project he gives us the Certified fresH new unintentionally and ironically titled joint “RVD.” The emcee reflects on his past and sizing up his future, delivering aggressive bars with his trademark gritty delivery - Kevin Nottingham


"Warzone ft. Just Blaze Review"

You know what will make you feel fucking old in a hurry? Hearing a track featuring a pre-famous/pre-Roc-A-Fella Just Blaze, thinking "damn, this is some hip-hop history", and then realizing it was recorded in 1997. Fuck me, my high school years are now legitimately considered "old school". Fuck.

So yeah, I might actually be a little mad at Rome Clientel for reminding me about my quickly approaching entrance into middle age, but "Warzone" sounds so dope I'll let the NYC emcee slide. And while many will focus on Blaze's scratches and beat, which is far more rooted in boom-bap than you hear from him now, don't sleep on Rome's work on the mic. This is taking me back to the days of driving around late at night and listening to underground hip-hop on 88.9....way back in high school. Fuck me. - Refined Hype


"Warzone ft. Just Blaze Review"

You know what will make you feel fucking old in a hurry? Hearing a track featuring a pre-famous/pre-Roc-A-Fella Just Blaze, thinking "damn, this is some hip-hop history", and then realizing it was recorded in 1997. Fuck me, my high school years are now legitimately considered "old school". Fuck.

So yeah, I might actually be a little mad at Rome Clientel for reminding me about my quickly approaching entrance into middle age, but "Warzone" sounds so dope I'll let the NYC emcee slide. And while many will focus on Blaze's scratches and beat, which is far more rooted in boom-bap than you hear from him now, don't sleep on Rome's work on the mic. This is taking me back to the days of driving around late at night and listening to underground hip-hop on 88.9....way back in high school. Fuck me. - Refined Hype


"The Empire 2 - The Battlegrounds Review"

Conclusiom
As the second EP in less than a year, the second entry in Clientel’s “The Empire” series is also the best. While I really liked the first installment, here you can hear that Rome already has evolved as an emcee, he sounds more confident, he speaks on some terrific topics and tells stories, all while doing it incredibly well and completely natural. Even his ear for beats seem to be a step sharper this time around. Now, “The Battlegrounds” is not a perfect 5/5 album, but it is undoubtedly a DAMN GOOD ten-track set that will warrant many listens. There’s some real stand-outs and there’s a couple of cuts that’s just good but not great - but remember that this is just the beginning of what is hopefully a career of longevity. I believe that Rome will one day have the potential to be mentioned in the same breath as the A-game lyricist of this culture we call hip-hop. There’s not a single weak track on here, plenty of stand outs, and the 30 minutes plays smooth from start to finish and should be enjoyed by anyone who still got a love for that true school / boom bap style that The Lost Tapes feeds you on a daily basis. Of course it’s all delivered with Rome’s personal twist, and upgraded to a 2012 version, but nevertheless the authencity is here and it’s in full effect. Now that Clientel’s got our attention with two sick EP’s (that together totals an album worth of 60 minutes), I hope the next step is a full-length retail album from the man himself. And as mentioned before, I wouldn’t mind if ATG produced the majority of it, as he and Rome clearly bring out the best/the beast in one another. After reading this review, you have absolutely no excuse whatsoever for not giving this EP a chance, so download, stream or whatever, but just press play and TURN IT UP!! - Claaa7 Blogspot


"The Empire 2 - The Battlegrounds Review"

Conclusiom
As the second EP in less than a year, the second entry in Clientel’s “The Empire” series is also the best. While I really liked the first installment, here you can hear that Rome already has evolved as an emcee, he sounds more confident, he speaks on some terrific topics and tells stories, all while doing it incredibly well and completely natural. Even his ear for beats seem to be a step sharper this time around. Now, “The Battlegrounds” is not a perfect 5/5 album, but it is undoubtedly a DAMN GOOD ten-track set that will warrant many listens. There’s some real stand-outs and there’s a couple of cuts that’s just good but not great - but remember that this is just the beginning of what is hopefully a career of longevity. I believe that Rome will one day have the potential to be mentioned in the same breath as the A-game lyricist of this culture we call hip-hop. There’s not a single weak track on here, plenty of stand outs, and the 30 minutes plays smooth from start to finish and should be enjoyed by anyone who still got a love for that true school / boom bap style that The Lost Tapes feeds you on a daily basis. Of course it’s all delivered with Rome’s personal twist, and upgraded to a 2012 version, but nevertheless the authencity is here and it’s in full effect. Now that Clientel’s got our attention with two sick EP’s (that together totals an album worth of 60 minutes), I hope the next step is a full-length retail album from the man himself. And as mentioned before, I wouldn’t mind if ATG produced the majority of it, as he and Rome clearly bring out the best/the beast in one another. After reading this review, you have absolutely no excuse whatsoever for not giving this EP a chance, so download, stream or whatever, but just press play and TURN IT UP!! - Claaa7 Blogspot


"Rome Clientel/Skyzoo/The Militia - Timeless Classic Review"

"South African producer The Militia puts together a head nodder for his EP, Timeless Classic. If the title track featuring Skyzoo and Rome Clientel is an indication of where he is going sign us up". - Killer BoomBox


"Rome Clientel/Skyzoo/The Militia - Timeless Classic Review"

"South African producer The Militia puts together a head nodder for his EP, Timeless Classic. If the title track featuring Skyzoo and Rome Clientel is an indication of where he is going sign us up". - Killer BoomBox


"One Live To Live ft. Reks"

Rome does it again! This is the second single off Elmira MC Rome Clientel's The Empire 2: The Battlegrounds EP, sponsored by DJ Booth. This ATG-produced cut, featuring Boston great Reks, has both MCs chronicling their journey to reach this point, past all the obstacles that have stood in their path. Obviously, the journey hasn't ended for either of them (and in Rome's case, it has only begun), but at the end of the day, they only have one life to live and if the song is any indication, they are going to pursue this dream of theirs until the day they die. - The College Dropouts


"One Live To Live ft. Reks"

Rome does it again! This is the second single off Elmira MC Rome Clientel's The Empire 2: The Battlegrounds EP, sponsored by DJ Booth. This ATG-produced cut, featuring Boston great Reks, has both MCs chronicling their journey to reach this point, past all the obstacles that have stood in their path. Obviously, the journey hasn't ended for either of them (and in Rome's case, it has only begun), but at the end of the day, they only have one life to live and if the song is any indication, they are going to pursue this dream of theirs until the day they die. - The College Dropouts


"Betta Love Em review"

Dec 13, 2012 – "Rome Clientel has been one of the more consistent emcees to deliver good music since we opened up this site." - Dork Mustashe


"Betta Love Em review"

Dec 13, 2012 – "Rome Clientel has been one of the more consistent emcees to deliver good music since we opened up this site." - Dork Mustashe


Discography

Rome Clientel - The Empire: The Lost Catacombs EP(April 2012) Sponsered by 2dopeboyz (Features from Tragedy Khadafi, Skyzoo & Just Blaze)
Rome Clientel - The Empire 2: The Battlegrounds EP(October 2012) Sponsered by DJ Booth (Features from REKS, Parks, ATG & The Gemstones)
Rome Clientel - Destroy & Rebuild (June 2012)
Rome Clientel - Already Lived It (July 2012)
Rome Clientel - Troubled Child (August 2012)
Rome Clientel - My Bad (Feb. 2013)
Rome Clientel - RVD (April 2013)
Chaundon - The Jammington (Feature May 2012)
The Militia - Timeless Classic (Title track feat. Rome Clientel & Skyzoo) (Sept. 2012)
The Militia & Curtessy - Musik Therapy (Feat. Rome Clientel &Chaundon) (May 2013)

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Bio

It's never too late to pick up where you leave off, right? Just ask Rome Clientel, who was working with Just Blaze before Jay-Z had so much as a clue about the producer (no shot at DJ Clue, either). That was the late 90s and Clientel and now-superproducer Just Blaze were but two upstarts, just putting in work at the Cutting Room studio in lower Manhattan. "We used to clean the studio together and make beats," Rome remembers. "We'd be in the studio 'til 4 in the morning."

The hard work should have arguably paid off for both men, but in the music industry that's just not how it works. Just's producing talents got him noticed and paid up by Roc-a-Fella Records brass, while Rome was seemingly, well ... left in ashes. But that's just the perception. "When Just finally made it, I almost cried," says Rome between recording at his Elmira, N.Y.-based studio. "I know how hard that dude works, he's a machine."

Although some may say Rome has fallen, it's being resurrected just fine. In the present, Rome is making chiseled music that is designed for hip-hop purists who enjoy poetics of New York hardcore rap. A proud familyman and entrepreneur while managing to secure verses from QB legend Tragedy Khadafi, Skyzoo & REKS. Despite the big names, Rome still stands apart when he's flexing and narrating on joints such as "Troubled Child" and "Betta Luv Em."
Cognizant that the musical landscape has changed since the days of the Roc empire, Clientel is simply looking to be heard after years of deferring his goals, his dreams, his destiny. "We'll go as hard as we can," he promises, not long before he's back in the studio to record another song. Maybe it is never too late, after all.
- Slav Kandiba HipHopDX