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Why Baltimore’s Rican Da Menace is saying ‘F No’ in her new song

Rapper is channeling independence in new single

Rican Da Menace is putting her confidence and charisma on full display as a rapper. She comes through with a one-two punch of lyrical dominance and undeniable energy in her music. With her new song “F No,” the Baltimore rapper wants you to take pride in your independence, which is a flip on Mario’s classic “Let Me Love You.”

What was your inspiration behind making “F No?”

I went to Atlanta, we were just listening to beats, and he played “Let Me Love You.” If you didn’t know, Mario is from Baltimore and I grew up listening to that song. When I heard it, I wanted to do a flip version, I didn’t want to do a love song because I felt like it didn’t go with my story. Everybody knows I’ve been publicly humiliated online by dudes, and they know I’ve been through it with them. I just feel like that song relates to me so much, and I’m just addressing everything and I’m able to express how I fully feel. This is the song that shows how I was feeling, how I was getting treated, and how I felt.

Where did your love for music come from?

I was recording a little bit when I was younger, but I didn’t sound good, so I never really took it seriously. I just kept doing it, and music was always a part of my life growing up in Baltimore. Everybody is a rapper, everybody wants to rap. Everybody goes to the studio. I always was around that because my uncles rapped too. I just decided to take it seriously one day because I knew I could do it. I just never sat down and put my mind to it. It was two years straight where I was in the studio every single day. During 2021, I was in the studio every day. I was in the studio recording and trying to find my voice, and now I’m confident. I used to be scared of the mic, but now I can go in the studio, and I don’t care if [there are] 50 people in there, I can record and I’m comfortable with it now.

What is your creative process like?

My process is different from other artists. I’m trying to get to punching in without writing. I need to write, though, because I want to know what I’m going to say, and I want to be confident in what I’m going to say. If I don’t, then I won’t sound confident because I don’t know [if] it’s going to sound right. I write the day before the day of recording. I like to write the whole song. I don’t like to go in not knowing what the h— I’m talking about. I write the whole song before I go in and I lay it down.

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