Back in January, rapper Rommell Weaver (also known as Rmllw2llz) released his killer effort Concerto No.9 Movement 1 as a digital download. After multiple listens I’m instantly reminded of Bun B‘s baritone vocals and southern dialect, and his flow is reminiscent of something you’d hear on a classic Nas record. Check out my personal favorite track from the album called “Free” featuring T McAfee:
Concerto No.9 Movement 1 serves as the first of three movements, with the next couple set to be released sometime in the near future. To get more information on Rmllw2llz and his music, I reached out for a short interview. Lucky for us, he was kind enough to answer a few questions…
Never Nervous: Talk about the making of your latest album Concerto No.9 Movement 1. What inspired you to make the music, and where’d the album title come from?
Romell Weaver: The title was inspired by the passion to create something more than just another hip hop/rap album. I wanted it to move you as well as make you move. So I decided on writing my compositions and giving them to you in three movements, therefore making it a concerto.
I really wanted to create something musically relevant and relatable , the message (content) is just who I am. I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I inspire me. The purest inspiration, in my opinion, can only come from self or from deep within.
NN: When can we expect to hear Movement 2?
RW: You can start checking for it at the end of 2015. That’s all I can say about that for now.
NN: What inspires you to create? Whether it be music-related or not, what gets your riled up?
RW: Again, I inspire me. I will say that my life makes great lyrics. It’s dramatic, comical, it’s a love story and a story of heart break. I mean if I remain me I’ll never run out of content. I just gotta keep living.
NN: Over the last few years, Louisville’s hip hop scene has seemingly exploded with a tidal wave of quality artists. What do you attribute this to? Did someone put something in the water?
RW: I attribute that to the big bang theory, as an explosion of creative energy has once again given new life. Where there’s water there’s life, so if I’m going to try to infect a city, I’m definitely putting “it” in the water.
NN: Who would you like to work with that you haven’t already? Have you got anyone in mind?
NN: What other Louisville rappers/bands/artists have been turning you on lately?
RW: Right now The-Analogous Enterprise!!! If you gotta ask you don’t deserve to know. Also, my homeboys Touch A.C. and Dr. Dundiff getting ready to release a project together and I’m itching to hear that.
NN: What about the national scene? Do you pay much attention to current mainstream rap?
RW: I pay very little attention to mainstream rap, but I like their beats though.
NN: The episode of the Actual Conversations podcast with you as the guest was pretty entertaining. Aren’t those guys the greatest?
RW: I was honored to do that episode with them. Those dudes are pretty ill. Shout out to C Prof and Filthy Rich! Keep doing what you do!!!
NN: If you and I were going to entertain some guests from out of town, where would you suggest we go eat, drink and get stupid?
RW: I would suggest we go to my aunt Catrina’s house to eat. Then we would hit The Cure Lounge, Highlands Tap Room, and/or Cahoots to get some of the stronger, cheaper drinks in town. I mean these are the places I go, and you’re my company, right?
NN: Nightmare On Elm Street or Friday the 13th? Which franchise do you prefer? Or do you hate them both?
RW: I prefer Friday the 13th, shit.. The likelyhood of me going camping slim, I gotta go to sleep every night!!
NN: Before you go, talk about your favorite record from 2015 thus far. What’s so good about it?
RW: My favortie record of 2015 hasn’t been created yet! and My favorite part about that, I still get to create it!