Rodney Chrome Returns with “Break the Internet”
The rising genre-defying artist has released his first single and accompanying music video of 2023
For multi-hyphenate talent, Rodney Chrome, breaking the internet comes as second nature. Today, with the release of his newest track “Break the Internet,” Chrome asserts his dominance as a genre-bending and encapsulating artist to watch. The rising artist’s confidence is backed by an already strong start to his career; performing at the 2021 AFROPUNK festival in New York, creating the score for Brie Larson’s Disney+ series Growing Up, and two of his songs and instrumentals being featured on Oprah’s Hulu show Hair Tales.
On “Break the Internet,” Chrome has created lyrics chock-full of pop culture references from icons like Ariana Grande to Beyoncé and Jay-Z, before commanding the listener to view Chrome as among such legends. The Brooklyn-based musician’s confidence is contagious as it unfolds over an infectious drill beat and production that reflects a new wave combination of hip-hop and R&B.
“‘Break The Internet’ is apart of a family of upcoming releases that signify a sound that is only identifiable as ‘Rodney Chrome’,” shares the musician. “I wanted to make sure that my fans understood the direction that I am about to take our fasting growing family in. This go-around we’re aiming big. The biggest records, the biggest achievements, the biggest everything. ‘Break The Internet’ is just the introduction to Rodney Chrome’s reign.”
In the music video for the track, directed by OIivia de Camps, Chrome’s confidence bids him a win in an ultra-extravaganza warehouse boxing match. The video is filled with an impressive lineup of references, including inspiration from Doja Cat’s live performances of “Say So,” queer crate dancers, and the choreography of legend Sean Bankhead. Chrome’s performance in “Break the Internet” is reminiscent of the pure grit of Doechii’s video for 2022’s “Crazy,” from the rough setting to the confidence that seeps out of the choreography and song itself.
“I really want people to hear and see that there is still hope for individuality and out of the box thinking,” shares Chrome. “‘Break The Internet’ was created to sound like no one else but still bring in pop influences within the genres of drill and R&B. Beyonce and Missy Eliot are two of my heroes that I’ve learned alot from when it comes to creative genius. Which is why during this release I wanted to pay homage to them by recreating their most viral moments to showcase the lane in which I’ve decided to follow. Playing it safe in the game of music is something that I never want and will not do. Rodney Chrome is taking his sound and visuals to that number one spot and I plan to ‘Break The Internet’ during every step of the way.”