If M.I.A. and Lil' Mama were able to produce an offspring, the result would be Ryeisha Berrain, better known by her stage name Rye Rye. The Baltimore-bred teenage rapper combines M.I.A.'s eccentric fashion sense with Lil' Mama's round-the-way girl appeal, without the whole unintentional androgyny thing. I came across some tracks off of her mixtape, Ryeot PowRR, and it was an upbeat, fun break from some of the emotionally-heavy songs that can be found here at Soulbounce. Watching interviews and performances, on her Youtube page, getting past that...damn...heavy...Baltimore accent, she's quite likable and enjoyable to watch. Young, humble, and totally devoid of the self-consciousness that makes more seasoned performers a pain to watch. She doesn't take herself too seriously just yet, which makes her fun to watch. From the graphics in the packaging of her singles to her styling, she strikes me as M.I.A.'s Black, teenage reincarnation. Previewing the mixtape, one can easily hear her mentor M.I.A.'s influence. It feels like a continuation of her Vicki Leekx tape, but with an actual rapper instead of a talk-sing-rapper. Playful drug references, semi-nonsensical beat-driven rants, video game sound effects, slurred vowels--yay for accents--and so on. You don't grasp it all, but that's okay because the beats are hot. She covers hits by Ciara's "Gimme Dat" and Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair," and rolls out a album's worth of original material. It features production by her mentor as well as Diplo and Blaqstarr, just like your standard M.I.A. record, but with a clear Baltimore club slant. Her album, Go! Pop! Bang!, lead by the M.I.A.-assisted "Sunshine," drops later this spring, but in the meantime, check the video for her Bmore club remix of Miley Cyrus' "Party In the USA" after the bounce.
Rye Rye: Ryeot PowRR [Download]
After the bounce