Savannah, GA often gets overlooked due to its proximity to Atlanta, the current rap capital of the United States, but it has birthed some great artists. Big Boi of OutKast was born there and lived there into his high school years. Camoflauge, who was best known for his 2000 album I Represent and was on his way to becoming a notable figure in the industry before being gunned down in 2003, also called the city home. Now there’s a new rising star emerging from Savannah in Quando Rondo.
Quando released Life B4 Fame earlier this month, an 11-song project that has appearances from Lil Baby, OMB Peezy, and Lil Durk. It’s a melodic lamentation of his life of crime, what he regrets losing as a result of it, and how he’s implementing the lessons he learned in those times to provide a better life for his family and him. “Back then, I had nothing to lose. I didn’t care about anything. Now, I’ve got something to lose. It’s like this was destined for me though.” Today we’re premiering the video for one of the standout songs on the project, “Letter to You,” which is both a self-reflection and an interrogation of others who claim to have made Quando into the person he is now. Full of earnest lyrics, he demands answers from those trying to attach themselves to his name (“How the fuck I bit your hand and you ain't never did shit for me?”) and shows how having trust your gut is often the smartest way forward (“I told my partners to chill, boy you could've been killed/Somethin' deep down been tellin' me don't you cock back the steel”). The song paints a vivid picture of the daily burdens Quando faces on his side of town, which is featured prominently in the visuals.
Watch the video for “Letter to You” above and check out Quando Rondo’s new project LiFe B4 Fame, out now.