A protégé of M.I.A., Baltimore rapper Rye Rye began touring with the pop star in 2007 and was instantly hyped as the next big thing. But as quickly as she blew up, she retreated from the spotlight, giving birth to a baby girl in 2009. This summer the 20-year-old firecracker will finally release her much anticipated debut album, Go! Pop! Bang! (“It’s very dance-y,” she says). And if her deliriously exuberant single “Sunshine” is any indication, the record will be well worth the wait.
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