RMR’s Rascal Flatts Homage ‘Rascal’ Is a Viral Hit — As Long As It Can Stay Online

A masked singer released a mysterious song last week, quickly garnering serious attention (and a lot of questions)


Charles Holmes

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Last Wednesday, a song called “Rascal” went viral after it was uploaded to YouTube. In its video, a mysterious man in a ski mask named RMR — pronounced Rumor — wears an Yves Saint Laurent bulletproof vest over an Off-White long-sleeve camouflage T-shirt, showing off gold grills and an impressive variety of firearms wielded by a similarly masked crew. It’s stylish, but similar to countless other music videos that become popular every single day. Unlike most other rap videos, though, RMR begins the song by breaking into an impressive a cappella rendition of Rascal Flatts’ “These Days.” After that, he launches into an interpolation of “Bless the Broken Road” — a 1994 country classic written by Marcus Hummon, Bobby Boyd, and Jeff Hanna, first recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and subsequently popularized by Rascal Flatts. In RMR’s rendition, it isn’t a song about how divorce and God can eventually lead to true love, but how the women who’ve broken his heart turn into the “hoes I scam.” Eventually, his falsetto settles into a simple declaration: “Fuck 12,” a slang term for the police.