Rory initially rose to fame as the co-host of The Joe Budden Podcast, and later continued his success with the New Rory & MAL podcast. Now, the multi-faceted talent is entering the music industry as an artist — with a debut album, I Thought It’d Be Different. Following the success of his debut single, “I WANT YOU BUT YOU’LL NEVER KNOW…”, fans have been eager for more. Luckily, it’s here. Co-produced by Rory and featuring a wide range of exciting artists, the 13-track project takes listeners through a journey of R&B, hip hop, and alt-soul.

Starting with a real intent, the opening track “Surrender (ft. Emotional Oranges and THEY.)” is smooth and soulful, a beautiful first chapter to I Thought It’d Be Different. Continuing through the project, we reach the dynamic singles: “Not Me (ft. RAAHIM and Shantel May)”, “My Phone Can Die (ft. Ari Lennox & James Fauntleroy)”, “Enough (ft. reggie & Jay Electronica)”, and the standout “Don’t Go (ft. Sinead Harnett and Pink Sweat$)”. From start to finish, the project is intentional, deliberate yet experimental. Emotional and intimate, it’s perfect for all your summertime midnight drives.

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