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If you're a hip-hop head and a fan of M.I.A., chances are you've already heard of Rye Rye. I suspect it won't be long before the rest of the world gets hip to the rising teenage female MC from Baltimore, Maryland. Born Ryeisha Berrain, Rye Rye has already appeared on DJ Blaqstarr's "Shake It To The Ground," Diplo's "Wassup Wassup" and "Blow Your Head," and M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" remix.

Now Rye Rye is making a name for herself with the cut "Bang," which she performed with M.I.A. at Coachella in April. The track was officially released--with M.I.A. returning the favor in the guest spot role--on the Fast And Furious soundtrack earlier this year and was recently issued as an EP with a number of remixes. Check these two remixes of Rye Rye's "Bang," featuring M.I.A., below, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the music video for the track.

Bang Featuring M.I.A. (Buraka Carnival Remix By Buraka Som Sistema)


Bang Featuring M.I.A. (DJ Sega's Philly Club Remix)


M.I.A. and Diplo discovered Rye Rye during a chance meeting at a recording studio. "I did a song in Baltimore and Maya [M.I.A.] overheard it," Rye Rye told Groove Effect. "I was in the studio and Diplo and Maya were there, and Maya said, 'Oh my goodness, I've been looking for you for the longest time.' After that I started making music with Diplo."

Rye Rye's debut album for M.I.A.'s N.E.E.T. imprint isn't expected to drop until sometime later this summer, but you can catch her live at Lollapalooza and various other dates this summer. In the meantime, check out Rye Rye rocking the mike live in this fan-shot clip.


On a completely different note, check out the free MP3 below of "Far Away From Here" by City Light from the group's upcoming album, Burned Out Bright. City Light has taken the Postal Service's concept of assembling an album without actually being in the same place one step further by creating music by four different individuals located in three different cities. Producer Nick Andre, known for his work with Blackalicious, is based in the San Francisco area. Denver Dalley, of Desaparecidos fame, works as a musician and producer in Omaha, Nebraska. Andy Fitts, of Airport Cathedral and Aqueduct, like Shaw, is based in Seattle. Together they proved a band doesn't need to actually be in the same city to make arresting music. Check out City Light's mix of indie-rock and electronica below. The band recently wrapped a tour with Her Space Holiday and also released a split single with the act, covering HSH's "New Kid Revival." To download "Far Away From Here," right click on the link and hit "save as" to add it to your digital music library.

Far Away From Here

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