Ryeisha "Rye Rye" Berrain is an American rapper from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. She met the musician DJ Blaqstarr, a friend of her sister's, and worked with him on her early material. She met M.I.A. in a studio after M.I.A. overheard one of her songs. Rye Rye is the first artist signed to M.I.A.'s record label N.E.E.T., and her album is set to be released in the Summer of 2009. Rye Rye collaborated with several artists on the LP which is set to feature artwork by M.I.A.. With DJ Diplo, she worked on a song called "Wassup Wassup", and other upcoming songs include "Gangsta Girl", "Hardcore Girls" with The Count and Sinden, and "Reasons". She has described her sound as "unique, hard-hitting," saying "anything thrown I can handle it." Rye Rye began performing at the age of 16. She toured with M.I.A. during the fall and winter of 2007 and early 2008 and briefly with Afrikan Boy. She features on a remix of M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" with Afrikan Boy, which appears on the Paper Planes - Homeland Security Remixes EP by M.I.A.