If Lil Nas X‘s record-breaking, GRAMMY Award-winning “Old Town Road” was jarring upon first listen for its audacity to blend hip-hop and country in a genuine and catchy way, then wait until you watch RMR’s new “Rascal” music video. The track has been garnering attention on Twitter for the past 24-hours, confusing and delighting those who stumble upon it for the sample of Rascal Flatts’ “Bless The Broken Road” with an anti-police refrain paired with ski-masks, Saint Laurent bulletproof vests and circling police helicopters. So who is RMR and where did he come from? Only time will tell.
The anonymous musician belts out his lyrics with seriously legitimate singing chops, the refrain echoing, “This much I know is true, I came up and so could you/ and f*ck the boys in blue/ f*ck ‘em all, f*ck 12, f*ck 12,” ringing through the air with sincere vibrato. The contradiction of his crew and the actual track is particularly notable at the 1:57 timestamp in a perfect mash-up that could only happen in 2020. Later in the song, RMR opens up about past relationships, singing, “b*tches that broke my heart, they became h*es that scammed.”
While the meme quality here is readily apparent, what makes “Rascal” so successful is the authenticity and quality that it’s made with. “Rascal” is an anthem about the come-up with inspirational overtones and enough to leave you wanting to know RMR’s backstory — and you just might get to, with his Drug Dealing Is A Lost Art EP set to release in the near future. According to The FADER, a Matchbox 20-inspired single could be next.
Watch the full “Rascal” visual above and stream RMR’s breakthrough release below. In more music news, listen to Aminé’s new soulful ’90’s inspired track “Shimmy.”
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— n (@shegonsuck) February 27, 2020
— RMR (@whatrmr) February 26, 2020
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— steady leanin (@steady_leanin) February 27, 2020