Newcomer Lil Romo surprised me with his track ‘When I Was Down’. Having just been introduced to his music, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The opening piano melody that transitions into a fire trap beat brought me in immediately. Although the beat intensifies the track, it’s still gentle enough to align with the reflective message of the song. Lil Romo recounts his days struggling in the streets and striving for success. This type of song is pretty much a requirement for a rapper–a recollection of the journey–and this is one that is really, just beautiful. The video shows Lil Romo around and outside in the hood, and contrasted with the soft melody that backs the track gives the track so much depth and so much more meaning. An excellent effort from Lil Romo, who clearly has no intention of being ‘down’ again.