Download Mp3 : Rylo Rodriguez Ft. Yung Bleu – Traumatized
Mariah Carey. Tamia. Ruth B. Leon Bridges… And, now, Rylo Rodriguez.
For the last year, in a small but substantial corner of YouTube, a Mobile, Alabama rapper has furiously sought to place himself within a lineage of R&B and soul music, despite not possessing any of the technical vocal qualities — range, diction, consistently hitting notes — that tie this disparate group of singers together.
In the hands of Rodriguez, Carey’s “Always Be My Baby” is re-contextualized as a tale about poverty and violence titled “Project Baby.” The song, from the melody to its cadence, lifts liberally from the 1996 hit. On “Valentines,” Rodriguez’s sandpaper Southern drawl crashes against the sped-up sample chirp of Tamia’s voice, courtesy of 2006’s “Can’t Get Enough.” In January and February alone, he’s added to his growing oeuvre of hood classics, stripping Bridges’ “That Was Yesterday” and Ruth B.’s “Lost Boy” for parts, and arriving at something just as interesting as its source material. Predictably, few of these songs are available on a platform like Spotify, since they’re all begging for a lawsuit, instead flourishing on YouTube, where the view counts range anywhere from eight to one million.