With the arrival of her debut album Go! Pop! Bang!, Baltimore's Rye Rye has distilled the sounds of living into an unclassifiable collection of tracks, a collision of the mad movement of every day into a celebratory dance. You might call it rap. It could be hip-hop. This is undeniable dance music (just try to stand still), but it s also pop, beat, rock, hardcore, and industrial melody. Put another way: it sounds like life now. And tomorrow.
In her 20 years, Rye Rye has lived more than most. Pulling herself up and out of the Baltimore projects by her own determination, wiling away hours in the city's all-ages club scene not to waste her time but to make something of her time. Seminal shows on station 92Q with DJs like late, legendary K-Swift opened up new worlds, dance nights morphing into impromptu competitions, feeding her ambition. All of this sound, vision, bombastic and beautiful boasting have coalesced to inform her singular persona and performance. (Even The New York Times has taken notice, raving of her recent HARD NYC set: Rye Rye delivered her rat-a-tat rhymes fast, competitive boasts over the sparse electronic propulsion of Baltimore club music while she outdanced everyone else on the festival bill. )
Studying the music, making music, sharing music, and making mentors along the way DJ Blaqstarr helped Rye Rye build a bridge to M.I.A. who quickly signed her to her own N.E.E.T. label, took her on the road, and collaborated on lead single Sunshine. It sounds easy on paper work hard, get discovered, conquer the world. But Blaqstarr and M.I.A. are once-in-a-lifetime mentors who heard once-in-a-lifetime music and that music is unmistakably Rye Rye's.