A founding father of the New York drill that has been the defining sound of the city for nearly a decade, Brooklyn native Rowdy Rebel’s roots remain inseparable from the scene. Paying homage to the late Canarsie rapper and “Woo Walk” dance pioneer, TDott Woo, Rowdy shares his new single, “RIP TDOTT.” Over flurrying bells and booming bass, the track finds Rowdy reflecting on his own coming-of-age experience in the unforgiving concrete jungle: “Sh*t, when I was broke, I had to figure it out/Get a job, hustle, or scam, I had to consider a route/My pops was raising a man, I couldn’t just sit on the couch/By the time I hit 13, I knew how to bag up an ounce.”
A mythical presence in the New York scene for nearly a decade, Rowdy Rebel’s super-charged, energetic style of rap never fails to live up to his name. After bursting onto the scene in 2014 with his Bobby Shmurda-assisted breakout hit, “Computers,” which Rolling Stone ranked #94 on their list of “The 100 Best East Coast Hip-Hop Songs of All Time,” Rowdy released his first solo mixtape, Remain Silent, in 2015, followed by 2016’s Shmoney Keeps Calling, with appearances from Lil Durk, A$AP Ferg, Rich The Kid, and many more.
Last summer, Rowdy made a full return to music with Rebel vs. Rowdy, his first full-length effort in half a decade, which featured guest verses from A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Fivio Foreign, French Montana and more. The 17-track Rebel vs. Rowdy arrived on the heels of Rowdy’s high-profile guest appearance on Pop Smoke’s “Make It Rain.” Late last year, Rowdy blessed stages alongside fellow Brooklynite Bobby Shmurda on “The Bodmon Tour.” In April, Rowdy released Splash Brothers, his joint project with Fetty Luciano, featuring recent singles like “We On It” featuring DBoyLo, and “Whamm.” Most recently, Rowdy released the video for “Posture,” his latest collaboration with Fetty Luciano and Fivio Foreign.
Now signed to GoodTalk, Rowdy Rebel hopes to expand his kingdom in the Five Boroughs and beyond. Stay tuned for much more from the Brooklyn native as the summer progresses!
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