It looks like Britney Spears and Katy Perry aren’t the only it-girls that really dig Robyn these days. Vinyl and Vodka has just posted the second single from Rye Rye’s still-upcoming debut LP, Go! Pop! Bang!, and the track – titled “Never Will Be Mine” – makes pretty good use of an acoustic version of Robyn’s 2005 single, “Be Mine”. Buoyed by low bpm, and the delicate nature of the original, Rye Rye – who is signed to M.I.A.’s N.E.E.T. label – is able to tame her normally hard-hitting delivery and present listeners with a rather introspective reflection regarding the complex theme of love lost.
The first verse finds the 20-year-old Baltimore native staring at a phone waiting for it to ring, but her self-assured nature eventually breaks through when she spits lines about guys being mean and shady before declaring that “you gonna eat your words and I’ma make it happen.” Rye eventually concedes that she might have messed things up with her man by the time the song ends though: “Good girl gone mad,” she raps during the cuts closing moments, “guess you didn’t realize just what you had.”
While the song’s subject may not realize what he or she had, Rye Rye’s fanbase does know what they don’t have – a proper LP. The Los Angeles Times reports that Go! Pop! Bang! had an original release date set for 2008, but if the MC’s recent interview with Rap-Up means anything, then the world might not be seeing the effort anytime soon. The article says the album is due in “spring,” but it’s unclear if that was this past spring, or the ones that are bound to happen in 2012, 2013, 2014, and so on.
In fact, Rye even told the magazine that she’s pretty much gone back into the studio to record new songs with the likes of new producers like Pharell and Bangladesh. “[I’ve] basically [decided] to go in and record new stuff to swap in and out of the album – just to refresh it,” she said, noting that M.I.A. usually gets the final say on what stays and what goes. “She’s major on the album. They go to her for all the decisions and stuff.”
It’s a good thing we have that mixtape to hold us over. Check out “Never Will Be Mine” below.