Roman The Cartoon Powerfully Portrays Life’s Polarities on “Frontside”
Profound and cinematic, LA-based artist Roman the Cartoon recently released his latest track “Frontside” featuring production by Danny Brown collaborator and Atrocity Exhibition mastermind, Paul White. After dropping out of college, the multi-talented Cincinnati artist moved to Los Angeles and soon found himself acting on TNT’s “Southland,” performing stand-up comedy at The Comedy Store and working as a pop songwriter. He went on to write melodies for Korean Pop group BTS, landing major placements like “Airplane (Pt. 2)” and “IDOL” with Nicki Minaj which broke Taylor Swift’s record for most views in 24 Hours on YouTube.
Roman describes “Frontside” as “a dark movie about a greedy guy.” The result spawns an intriguingly thoughtful piece highlighting his stark progression over an experimental beat brimming with guitar riffs and dense bass. Reflecting on his difficult past, he paints a vivid picture of reading German philosopher Nietzsche’s work while eating Campbell’s soup on the carpet starkly contrasted by self-glorifying lyrics celebrating his success (e.g. “I live in a house on a cliff in the Hollywood Hills looking down on you hoes with binoculars”). Roman portrays a style of kaleidoscopic hip-hop that is catchy and irresistible. His ability to describe the polarities of life in true fashion results in a contemplative track certain to appeal to the masses.