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At ThePlaGround on Rahbi’s Rollercoaster

January 19, 2011

Rahbi’s baaaaccckk!!

The living, breathing human tornado that is Rahbi is still in the lab working on his next project, GoldenChild, but he took some time last week, as he released the lead single, “Rollercoaster,” for a brief Q&A. Full of dips and turns and twists and curves, the PJ Morton-produced track delivers a funk-filled experience that fully encompasses its title.

According to Rahbi, most of GoldenChild was recorded before Morton reached out and expressed interest in a collaboration. “Being a believer in his art, I said yes! I loved it and appreciated the fact that he produced the song with me in mind. The music feeeeeels like me even though it was created by PJ. All producers aren’t able to do that.” He continues, “And of course I added a few vocal arrangements here and there to provide the sexy…” Typical Rahbi.

Accordingly, the song was the perfect fit for the lead single. “It’s a proper invitation to ‘The Fun Side/ ThePlaGround,'” he explains. “In other words, The World of RAHBI!!” Much like Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood of Make-Believe, ThePlaGround is a world of “no limits boundaries or stop signs and Creativity Rules!! Once you’ve let go of fear and pre judgement then and only then will you be able to embrace the ART that is RAHBI!!” Clearly it’s also a land of no punctuation, much like the inside of Terry McMillan’s Stella Payne’s head. But, to be fair, that’s why I fell in love with her in the first place. And, probably the reason I fell for Rahbi’s music as well. [editor’s note: my interpretation of the lack of punctuation at ThePlaGround is reflective of my desire for the creative freedom Rahbi describes; nothing more. I adored Stella because she didn’t use commas; Rahbi’s ThePlaGround for the very same reason. That is all.]

As far as GoldenChild goes, Rahbi’s production team is a veritable Who’s Who on the Come-Up, including Charles “Sir Charles” Edward, Swanand Motilal Navandar, Q. Kegler (KimberlyNichole’s Yellow Brick Journey), Hilton “Deuce” Wright (Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. music label) and Joey Williams. Rahbi describes them as “super dope” and that they each “bring something unqiue to the project.” According to Rahbi, it’s like having [a young, on-the-verge] Quincy Jones, Timbaland, Roger and Hammerstein, and James Horner all in one!!”

Writing-wise, Rahbi has done the lion’s share of the work, but expect to hear some work from Donnie (The Colored Section), Jahi Kearse, Sharrell Luckett, Yohance, and another piece by the Grammy Award-winning Morton.



“Rollercoaster” is available now, on iTunes, Amazon, CdBaby, and the list goes on… Seek and ye shall find. Rahbi says they are in the process of getting it out to radio now.

Rahbi is set to appear next in New York City at the Rise of the Underground, presented by KimberlyNichole. The showcase will feature him, alongside Sophia Urista, Jaiden, Charles Perry  and KimberlyNichole, herself. The event takes place at le Poisson Rouge on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 10PM. Additionally, he will be opening for Bilal in Atlanta for a Valentine’s Day show at Center Stage Atlanta. The show starts at 8PM.

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