M.I.A. protege Rye Rye is on the rise. Not only was she working to create a buzz for her solo debut Go! Pop! Bang!, but she was ready to hit the road, to begin creating awareness. That’s on hold for the time being though.
The 18-year-old Baltimore native was set to hit the road for A-Trak’s 10,000LB Hamburger Tour, before abruptly pulling out just two days before she was scheduled to begin, citing “personal reasons.”
Via a blog entry, on her official MySpace page (MySpace.com/ThaRealRyeRye), Rye Rye explained what the issue was, revealing that she has a bun in the oven.
Here’s what she had to say:
To all my fans,I was suppose to be on the A-Trak tour but because of personal reasons i was pulled in the direction of not doing it. Things happen for a reason some happen at the the wrong point of ya life but no one knows why or for what reason only God. So yes I was blessed with a child. At first i was teary eyed and my first thought was to get rid of it. I asked God for guidance and i went to the hospital 4 times and each time i had a breakdown and i knew what direction God was pulling me in. WHAT GOD HAS FOR YOU, NOBODY CAN TAKE!!! AND HE DOESNT GIVE YOU MORE THAN WHAT YOU CAN HANDLE. i feel as tho i had a baby and i had to much integrity to abort her my mom was on the table about to have me aborted and seen my heartbeat and changed her mind. I’m young but I’m also grown and right now its a lot on me. BUT THESE THINGS DIDNT STOP ME ONLY MOTIVATED ME TO WORK 10TIMES HARDER!!!!!! And i have a lot of respect for the label for understanding and backing me and willing to work around this so we can release an amazing album.
Rye Rye is the first artist signed to M.I.A.’s N.E.E.T. Records. She enjoyed some mainstream exposure earlier this year when her song, “Bang”, appeared on the “Fast & Furious” soundtrack and played during the credits. A video for the song was recently released.
Back in April, we featured her in our Scouting Report column, where she explained her beginnings, the future, and meeting M.I.A.
She is currently preparing her debut album, Go! Pop! Bang! No word on when it is expected to drop.