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Rylo Rodriguez Is a Rapper Remaking R&b in His Own Image

Rylo Rodriguez Is a Rapper Remaking R&b in His Own Image

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,

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