I’m The Worst!! – [RYL0]

One thing I love about hyperpop is how the culture constantly keeps you on your toes. For example, last year hyperpop darling RYL0 graced fans with her mixtape I’m the Best!!, but this month she returns to us once more with her newest project I’m the Worst!! – so at this point, I don’t know what I’m supposed to believe. You’ve probably already heard one of the mixtape’s singles – tracks like the eponymous “I’m the Worst!!” and “Broke Nobody” were released earlier this year to critical acclaim (with the latter landing her on the cover of Spotify’s “Fresh Finds” playlist). This month the wait is over, and RYL0 embraces the duality within on I’m the Worst – a seven-track epic that rivals that of Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, and The Faerie Queene with its graceful genre-blending and perfectly-tuned production.

Like Gilgamesh himself, RYL0’s internal struggles dominate most of her newest release, as tracks like the Peytie-assisted “Big Baby” showcase a young artist coming to terms with mortality and adulthood. Unlike the ancient Babylonian, however, RYL0 faces her problems head-on and embraces issues that span from existential disillusionment to tax evasion. There’s something inherently charming at how relatable tracks like “Down Bad” or “I’m the Worst!!” are, and part of this simulated deprecation actually results in euphoria-like highs once RYL0 enters Charli XCX- mode on I’m the Worst!!‘s final two tracks. “Horse Tranquilizer” is a cinematic and uplifting banger that synthesizes society’s love for Benzos and electronic vocal medleys – and it leads listeners expertly through what can only be described as an aural alley-oop once the tape’s final track starts playing. With saccharine honesty and futuristic production, “I’m In Love (With You)” is a carefully crafted summertime anthem devoted to romance and never knowing what the fuck is going on. Though I’m the Worst!! may not be a snapshot of RYL0 at her highest moment emotionally, her newest mixtape contains what is easily her most concentrated and boundary-pushing music yet. With more music and visuals likely coming down the pipeline in 2022, RYL0 is an artist to keep an eye out for this year.

Check out RYL0’s I’m the Worst!! below: