Rylo Rodriguez | Texas Review | Ralph Arvesen
Rylo Rodriguez performing during the It’s Only Us Tour at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas on July 28, 2023. (Photo: Ralph Arvesen)

Emerging from Mobile, Alabama, rapper Rylo Rodriguez first gained attention for his inventive sample flipping, incorporating elements from mellow R&B tracks, guitar loops, and even a Mariah Carey song for the instrumentals of his earliest material. Affiliations with rappers like NoCap and Lil Baby took Rodriguez's music to an expanded audience, and he signed on with Lil Baby's Four Pockets Full label for the release of his 2020 debut studio album, G.I.H.F. and enhanced his lyricism and delivery with his next album, 2023's Been One.

Rodriguez was born Ryan Adams in 1993 and grew up in a housing project in Mobile, being cared for by his grandfather. The environment of the projects would have an impact on his music early on, with lyrics centering around the struggles and hustles of his surroundings. Along with intense lyrics about personal struggles, Rodriguez's earliest tracks got attention for their smart beat flipping. 2019's "Project Baby" used the instrumental from Mariah Carey's tender ballad "Always Be My Baby" as the backdrop for stories about life in the hood, and its video was viewed over ten million times in its first year. Some of Rodriguez's other early songs used samples from Tamia and Leon Bridges.

In 2019, he released Rogerville, a collaborative mixtape made with fellow Alabama rapper NoCap, and had several songs featuring appearances by Lil Baby, who was enjoying massive mainstream success at the time. These connections brought Rodriguez to more listeners, and in November 2020 he released his debut album, G.I.H.F. (short for "Goat in Human Form"). The set featured cameos from Lil Baby, Yo Gotti, Jackboy, and others and climbed into the Top 50 of the Billboard charts.

For the next few years, Rodriguez released mostly standalone singles like 2021's "Pallbearers" and 2022 Lil Darius collaboration "Regular." In June of 2023 he released second studio album, Been One, which continued Rodriguez's development as an artist and included a litany of guest features from big names in the rap game like Lil Durk, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby, EST Gee, and others.

Rylo Rodriguez shared the stage with Lil Baby, GloRilla, Gloss Up, and Hunxho at the Moody Center. They continue across the United States with the last stop at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 19, 2023.

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