After several delays, Baltimore club MC and M.I.A. protégé Rye Rye finally released her debut album Go! Pop! Bang! this week. The record places a big emphasis on that grimy, rapid-fire Bmore-style bass sound best exemplified by her breakthrough hit “Shake It To The Ground,” but the 21-year-old also expands into new musical territory, tackling straight-up hip-hop beats courtesy of producers Bangladesh and Pharrell Williams and going all Top 40 on “DNA,” a glittering dance-pop anthem produced by RedOne.
In conversation, Rye Rye is as fast and animated a talker as she is a rapper. We recently rang her up in Los Angeles to chat about the evolution of her sound, her place in the hip-hop world, repping Baltimore and working with M.I.A. Read the Q&A after the jump!