17 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Go! Pop! Bang! handsomely rewards the patience of those fans waiting in the wings for M.I.A.’s BFF to do her thing. After being shelved for way too long, Rye Rye’s debut album opens with the Bangladesh produced “Drop” — an appropriate name for a hammer-dropping hit laced with sultry rhymes phrased rapidly over old school 808 beats, hard bass grooves and vintage analogue textures. Anyone who discovered Rye Rye from Maya’s tours will be immediately drawn to the flirty showstopper “Holla Holla” with its deep love for Baltimore funk as well as the sassy “Hotter,” a hard-claiming standout peppered with keyboard hooks and ricochet beats. Akon makes a cameo in “Crazy B*tch,” an acoustic-guitar trimmed duet that plays like a harder OutKast with sidesplitting lyrics that hilariously champion dysfunctional relationships. Tyga also turns up on the boomy dance-floor jam “Shake Twist Drop.” And of course M.I.A. is here in full form starting with the quirky ‘80s flavored “Sunshine.” The Deluxe Version drops six extra tracks, but the street-tough “Bang” proves to be the most infectious.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Go! Pop! Bang! handsomely rewards the patience of those fans waiting in the wings for M.I.A.’s BFF to do her thing. After being shelved for way too long, Rye Rye’s debut album opens with the Bangladesh produced “Drop” — an appropriate name for a hammer-dropping hit laced with sultry rhymes phrased rapidly over old school 808 beats, hard bass grooves and vintage analogue textures. Anyone who discovered Rye Rye from Maya’s tours will be immediately drawn to the flirty showstopper “Holla Holla” with its deep love for Baltimore funk as well as the sassy “Hotter,” a hard-claiming standout peppered with keyboard hooks and ricochet beats. Akon makes a cameo in “Crazy B*tch,” an acoustic-guitar trimmed duet that plays like a harder OutKast with sidesplitting lyrics that hilariously champion dysfunctional relationships. Tyga also turns up on the boomy dance-floor jam “Shake Twist Drop.” And of course M.I.A. is here in full form starting with the quirky ‘80s flavored “Sunshine.” The Deluxe Version drops six extra tracks, but the street-tough “Bang” proves to be the most infectious.

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About Rye Rye

Championed by tastemakers like BBC DJ Gilles Peterson and respected producer Diplo, Baltimore rapper Rye Rye arrived in 2008 with an effervescent style and some support from M.I.A. She was only 17 when a rap left on DJ Blaqstarr's answering machine turned into a partnership. Blaqstarr introduced her to the Mad Decent label/studio/family and soon she would land on a remix of M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" plus the Diplo track "Wassup Wassup." Next, she signed with M.I.A.'s imprint N.E.E.T. and released her first solo track, "Shake It to the Ground." By the end of 2008, she appeared on a remix of electro producer Adrian Lux's track "Strawberry" plus the Count & Sinden single "Hardcore Girls." She kicked off 2009 by appearing on the Fast & Furious soundtrack with the song "Bang." Tours with M.I.A. and Die Antwoord followed in 2010, along with a video for a new single, titled “Sunshine.” Aided by producers Blaqstarr, Diplo, Count & Sinden, and M.I.A., Rye Rye’s long-awaited debut, Go! Pop! Bang!, was finished by the end of the year and scheduled to be released in early 2011. ~ David Jeffries

  • ORIGIN
    Baltimore, MD
  • GENRE
    Electronic
  • BORN
    November 25, 1990

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