Easy To Love – [Rylo Rodriguez]

It may be my first time hearing him (and his first time gracing the pages of Lyrical Lemonade), but Rylo Rodiguez has been putting in work. “Easy To Love, his third single of the year (equipped with his second video) has garnered over 150,000 views in just two days, and it’s not hard to hear why; it’s most definitely rotation ready. I always find it weird when people are concerned with the length of a song. If it works who cares if it’s two minutes or ten minutes? “Easy To Love” is the perfect example. I didn’t even realize it has a sub-two minute run time, partly because I replayed like seven times, and partly because it’s a complete track the way it is. Rodriguez has a real understated style and his introspective (yet still braggadocious) wordplay combined with the (always) stellar strings from Seph Got The Waves, gives the song a “full” atmosphere that has the perfect accentuations of R&B sprinkled into his rap framework.

TLE Cinco talks his new album “Self-Conscious,” unique sound, and the current climate of Alabama rap

Thanks much in part to rap’s new national prominence many new regional destinations have emerged as notable hip-hop strongholds and, to me, one of the most intriguing areas that have surfaced is Birmingham, and there is one artist, in particular, that seems to encapsulate the 205 more than his large group of rap counterparts. TLE Cinco hails from Bessemer, AL, which is a city to Birmingham’s southwest that has been known to the world as a football factory rather than a major outpost for rap talent, but that seems subject-to-change as Truck Load Entertainment begins to unite Bessemer under their banner. The regional nature of rap has always been one of my favorite aspects to the genre and one of the great things that an art form as open and devoid of limitations like hip-hop is the consequential localization of trends, words, styles, and even sounds have become inextricably linked to different regions and neighborhoods because of different sonic metonymies brought about by that particular area’s local artists who help craft an identity for the place they’re from and broadcast it to the world through their music. For years music has been an outlet for expression that has allowed artists …