Ruben Young ft. Hodgy Drop Anthemic R&B Ode To 90s Crush "Rachel Green"
This summer, Canadian R&B crooner Ruben Young tapped Odd Future rapper Hodgy for a collab that would blow up, garnering far more than 200,000 streams in less than two months. The track is “Rachel Green,” a deliciously smooth R&B anthem doubling as an ode to the iconic Friends character we all know and love.
“‘Rachel Green’ was written at a time when I finally felt I'd gotten out of a losing streak when it came to love,” Ruben told us. “I had someone in my life who gave me that feeling — that buzz that only comes from the feels. As a result, I finally stopped writing about the girl who messed me up, and got inspired in new ways. [Production team] Kuya and I had our first session on their final day in their Toronto studio, where Alessia Cara had her very first studio session, and where they had written most of her first record. They played me a jazzy piano loop, and a few hours later, most of ‘Rachel Green’ was done.”
Humble and nonchalant about the production of an instant hit, Ruben’s summer banger has amassed a major following and scored attention from labels, publications, and streaming services everywhere. The track opens with slaps of percussion and those humming loops Ruben mentioned, pulsing beneath his raspy croon as he gives a new name to je ne sais quoi — if you’ve got that special something, you’ve got the Rachel Green.
The track moves with a subtle heartbeat, pumping with steady warbles as Hodgy’s killer verse comes in. His quick, laidback delivery finds him dropping clever wordplay left and right before Ruben returns, his voice flavored with sultry passion, ice cold at one point then dripping with heat the next. For three minutes, the track continues like this — the slick bounce of percussion and blooming R&B twinkles slinking beneath cool vocals with expert articulation. It’s an utterly addictive anthem, destined for endless replays and the attention it deserves.
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Featured photo by Jonathan Jacobs.