Rilo Kiley Open Up Too $hort-Featuring ‘RKives’ For Your Streaming Pleasure
A pimp-rap king and an indie-pop princess go toe to toe
At last, the wait to hear Too $hort rapping over Rilo Kiley’s divisive (to put it kindly) track “Dejalo” is over. Alright, even if Jenny Lewis’ unexpected foray into white-girl rhyming on Under the Blacklight represents a shark-jumping moment for some, the defunct band’s now streaming B-sides collection RKives has something for everyone. There’s that soulful new ode to Los Angeles, “Let Me Back In,” spit-shined indie-pop jams like “Runnin’ Around,” kinda country-punk jamborees like “All the Drugs,” and confusingly prog experiments like “A Town Called Luckey.” As charming as it was to revisit Miss Lewis’ hairstyles evolve over the years in the “Back In” video clip, RKives’ album art offers many additional minutes of reminiscence, making good on Rilo Kiley’s promise of “a rich mix of personal photos, collages, and hand written lyrics … lovingly designed by the band.” Just as Too $hort likes to “line all the women up in a row,” so does this well-remembered quartet enjoy a good scrap-booking session. Take a look at the booklet art and stream the entire album over at Pitchfork.