Hometown: Baltimore Why she matters: The 18-year-old is the first signing to trendsetter M.I.A.'s label, N.E.E.T., and it makes sense, given Rye Rye's edgy, regionally-influenced take on hip-hop -- and her love of glow-tastic outerwear. You should know: Rye Rye is following her mentor's lead: Just like M.I.A. at the Grammys, she'll be performing at All Points West with a bun in the oven.It'll be her first child. WATCH: Behind the scenes of Rye Rye's music video for "Bang"
Ask John Lydon: Anger is an energy, but disco is a weapon. Like so many other first-wave punks and post-punks — Wire, Joy Division, the Clash and Blondie, just to name a handful — Johnny Rotten eventually discovered that setting his shredding guitars and caterwauling vocals to a dance-floor thump gave his music a power… More »