At any given moment I would say that I listen to the same two to three albums on repeat until I can’t listen to them anymore. Right now the rotation is pretty much James Blake, Autre Ne Veut, and Beyoncé. Not that I get sick of these people, but you do get exhausted and tired of hearing the same songs over and over. The brain needs new and different stimulation sometimes! That’s where the shuffle button comes in handy. When I tread out into uncharted waters and press that “Shuffle” button, I get treated to all these songs I forgot I loved or never really devoted much time to in the first place.
“Shake Twist Drop (feat. Tyga)” by Prabal Gurung muse Rye Rye is one of those songs that will tear your shit up. At least, that’s how it worked on me. It came on my iPod randomly the other day when I was walking home. I had to pull out my iPhone immediately — what song is this and why haven’t I been listening to it over and over? The second those tribal drums hit my eardrums my body was transformed and transported. And then she was like, “I don’t know what you came to do/I came to work/You looking fierce/Yes hunnaii” and you KNOW I was sold after that.
Rye Rye, a special protege of M.I.A., emerged on the alternative rap scene in 2006, a group of electronica-rap misfits that includes Diplo, A-Trak, Santigold, and M.I.A. Her debut record Go! Pop! Bang! was released on M.I.A.’s label N.E.E.T., an imprint of Interscope, last May. It features collabs with Tyga, Akon, M.I.A. (x 4!), and Robyn. I was really looking forward to this album dropping when it did, but I honestly listened to it like 2 to 3 times and then stopped. But now I’m glad Rye Rye popped back up on my radar, because she is way underrated. This betch definitely has the talent, the dance moves and the hot pink fluorescent eyeshadow to really blow up.
With newcomers like Mykki Blanco, Rye Rye, Santigold, House of Ladosha, LE1F and Azealia Banks in the mix, all transgressive black artists, has rap ever been so exciting?