Baltimore rapper Rye Rye might perform with M.I.A. at Virgin Mobile FreeFest Saturday, the British hip hop star told Midnight Sun in an interview.

Rye Rye, who's been signed to M.I.A.'s vanity shingle at Interscope, N.E.E.T., will tour with the Brit this Fall.


M.I.A., who's incorporated Baltimore house and dance music in her work, says performing here is comfortable because the local rapper has made their kind of music accessible.

"It helps that Rye Rye's already done exciting work in Baltimore," she said. "We're kind of alike."

Asked if the Baltimore native would come watch her at the festival, M.I.A. said, "She'll be there. She might get up on stage with me."

But like all things involving M.I.A., nothing's set in stone. The two just finished a video together.

M.I.A. goes on at 9 p.m. at the West Stage at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Rye Rye will tour with her this Fall. Their tour dates, below:

9/21 Montreal, QC - Metropolis
9/22 Toronto, ON - The Sound Academy
9/26 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
9/27 New York, NY - Terminal 5
9/29 Chicago, IL - The Vic
9/30 Chicago, IL - The Vic
10/03 Ithaca, NY - Cornell University
10/04 Boston, MA - Royale Nightclub
10/05 Boston, MA - Royale Nightclub
10/09 Austin, TX - Zilker Park, Austin City Limits Festival
10/12 Oakland CA - Fox Theater
10/13 San Francisco, CA - The Independent

Photo: Rye Rye Myspace