Go! Pop! Bang!

Rye Rye

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Go! Pop! Bang! Review

by Gregory Heaney

After a string of delays pushed back the release date for years, Baltimore rapper Rye Rye makes her much anticipated debut on Go! Pop! Bang!. Blending hip-hop swagger with the Baltimore club's sense of kinetics, Rye Rye delivers a collection of pulsing songs with enough energy and movement to get any dancefloor pumping. Dropping in on a couple of tracks is M.I.A., who not only gave the singer her break back when she was still in high school, but takes the reigns on the album as executive producer. While her hook on the chopped-up "Better than You," helps to add an extra layer of brash cool to the song, the real heavy hitter on the album is Bangladesh, whose simple and direct approach on tracks like "Hotter" and "Drop" showcases the same knack for dancefloor-crushing beats that the producer has used so effectively for Lil' Wayne and Nicki Minaj. Famous guests aside, what Rye Rye really has working for her is herself. There's a confidence about the performances on the album that make Go! Pop! Bang! a debut full of enthusiasm and promise that will hopefully ring in the beginning of a bright new talent.

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