This raw storyteller from Mobile, AL flows over acoustic guitar riffs that radiate a yearning sense of acceptance. We see the young rapper reminiscing over his friend who was forced to accept a plea deal in an unruly case. Rylo has since vowed to care of his people and their families through these difficult times.
“They gave him basketball numbers, he took a blind plea. I’m tryna get his lawyer for him, take care of his daughter for him.”
Rylo Rodriguez holds it down for his brother in this track and represents his sentiments in this video as well.
The realities of life in Rylo Rodriguez’s circle are apparent in his storytelling. Having established himself as a star in the south, Rylo has made a name speaking to the soul and for keeping up his knack for making his individual experiences strike a universal chord with his listeners.
“Wish we would’ve told joe don’t hit that lick, it was pointless. Even though I know getting’ money a must like an armpit.”
Rylo finds a balance in his honesty and use of metaphors, making his bars both powerful and witty. He is able to stick to his essence as a Hip Hop artist while sharing the harsh truth’s of his life. “Get two choices where I’m from, that’s either casket or jail. You get two choices where I’m from, you rat or go to your cell.”
The video opens with Rylo Rodriguez shooting around in the gym with a classic Allen Iverson jersey on. The dimly lit basketball court feeds into the somber emotion that the beat provides. The serious look on his face also leads the watcher towards a more serious mood to fit the tone of the song. Built into the video are shots of his friend in a tense meeting with authorities. The emotions shown throughout each cut make it apparent that what has happened has had a powerful impact on those around him. Later in the video, we see Rylo himself wearing the same orange jumpsuit as his incarcerated friend. This serves as a great symbolization for his empathetic approach to the situation.
With the video single being released this past weekend, it has already accumulated over 650K views, charting on YouTube’s Top 20 Trending for music. The number #11 track of the week is sure to grow even further as the week progresses. Ever since he delivered his 2020 debut LP, “G.I.H.F. (Goat In Human Form),” a 17 track project with features from Lil Baby, Moneybagg Yo, 42 Dugg, and Yo Gitt, Rylo has shown a strong ability to mix soulful street narratives about his life in Mobile into heavy-hearted raps that speak to a universal struggle.
This ability of his has endeared him to Lil Baby who signed him to his 4PF imprint and has since led artists like Kodak Black, Nardo Wick, EST Gee, OMB Peezy and many more to enlist Rylo’s signature style. We look forward to hearing more from Rylo as the summer goes on.