Delve into the dark side of the mind of Rumbo on his debut hip-hop project, an album titled Nightmares. Touching on subjects like depression and substance abuse, Rumbo pulls on complex real-world situations to connect deeply with his audience in his music.
“I want listeners to feel various emotions throughout the project. I deliver different styles throughout the project varying from fast paced trap music, to slowed down emotional content,” Rumbo says.
The album starts with Tax Free, and right away we’re treated to hard hitting rhythms, infectious melodic writing, and dark lyrics. Ride or Die continues this trend, with a great call and response section in the chorus that reinforces the message that’s seen quite a few times across the project.
My Plate takes us in an entirely different direction, featuring a delicate piano as the basis for the instrumentation. Though its joined by a vocal line that’s still intense and uncompromising, the softer arrangement allows us to see a more vulnerable side of the artist and explore a different kind of emotion within his work. Another stand out on the record is Grab a Pint, trading some of the heavier rhythms for crystal clear lyrics that allow Rumbo’s writing to be front and center.
Reaper is unquestionably our favorite track. It’s the whole package – catchy melodies, the rap has a great flow, and the instrumentation is complex and adds layers of sound to create a fully immersive musical experience. The message is dark, asking for death to relieve the pain being felt in life, yet the track delivers this heavy message in an authentic way. Rumbo does a great job of conveying the emotion he seeks to deliver with the track via his lyrics.
Overall, Nightmares lives up to everything Rumbo promises – it offers a great range of styles within the genre, blending evocative stories with hot-blooded rap that will pull in even the pickiest of hip-hop fans. With expert level production and a record full of well-written tracks, we’d be remiss in saying that Nightmares is anything but just the beginning for Rumbo. This showing of talent and skill means that the sky is the limit for this artist, and we look forward to getting our hands on his next release.
BELOW: Listen to Nightmares and connect with his social media platforms. Please support Rumbo by visiting him online, and playing, downloading, and/or purchasing his music, or attending a live show! And, as always, thank you for supporting real music!