Ida’ye’s “Red Dye No.2” is a confident walk down memory lane

An “anti-flex flex song” from the Los Angeles-based rapper.

October 09, 2018
Ida’ye’s “Red Dye No.2” is a confident walk down memory lane Aurora Silva

Ida'ye, the L.A. based rapper and singer, first emerged earlier this year as she ethered a no-good ex on "This Song's About Your Boyfriend." This Friday, October 12, she'll drop her first EP, Worm, so-called as each song is an idea of hers crawling to the surface to show its face.

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One of these tracks is "Red Dye No.2," which is premiering below. Over skull-rattling production from rapper-producer Nafets, Ida'ye pays tribute to her roots by quoting Ethiopian prayer while casually claiming, "I never claimed to be an angel, I'm no good for you."

Speaking to The FADER via email, Ida'ye said: "'Red Dye No. 2' is an anti-flex flex song. When I wrote it, I was reminiscing about my own childhood, growing up in an Ethiopian immigrant home, living in public housing in Chicago’s Uptown, and guzzling artificial drinks to wash down my mama’s injera. It’s a shameless anthem for the food desert babies that grew up licking red dye off their fingertips with blue-stained tongues."

Check out "Red Dye No. 2" below.

Ida’ye’s “Red Dye No.2” is a confident walk down memory lane