Rexx Life Raj
By Jack Barnes
A favorite of tastemakers and artists alike, including Pharrell Williams, who enthusiastically co-signed him onstage at last weekend’s ComplexCon, Berkeley’s Rexx Life Raj is one of the most profound and talented artists in Hip-Hop. Floating over a halting, soulful, sample-heavy instrumental, Raj shines on “Where I Belong,” his latest video. Effortlessly switching between double-time rhythmics and soaring melodies, Raj announces his intentions to the world. Though he has a lot of things to figure out, he knows exactly what he wants: to conquer the rap game. Premiered by HighSnobiety, “Where I Belong” is the latest release from Father Figure 2: Flourish, Raj’s upcoming album, following the Billboard-premiered, Russ–
Explains Rexx Life Raj, in true #CaptionGod fashion: “Sometimes you have to go to Drake’s Bay to shoot a beautiful ass video because you want to capture the same essence that you put into the song just like that one time you captured that beetle in your backyard and wanted him to feel at home in his new Pepsi bottle house in your bedroom so you loaded it up with very moist dirt, a couple leaves, and sidewalk rocks hoping that he would feel at home in his new abode but you forgot to poke air holes in the bottle and he died a slowly, tragic death while you watched Family Guy with your lil homie Pookie. But don’t trip, bb. This video has a happier, more beautiful ending. I’ve learned from my mistakes. #Flourish”
A former Division I offensive lineman at Boise State University, Rexx Life Raj is a gentle giant, concerned with deep soul-searching and analyzing how he fits within the world. Raj is a major rising star in the Bay Area scene, racking up over 20 million streams on all platforms and gaining a devoted following on Instagram for his next-level captions. In the past year, he earned glowing press coverage from Billboard, Pigeons & Planes, Pitchfork, Noisey, and XXL, and earned the cover spot on Spotify’s Mellow Bars playlist with his single “Handheld GPS,” which earned over 4 million streams on the service. Following the release of his debut album Father Figure in 2016, Rexx Life Raj collaborated with the likes of G-Eazy, Mozzy, Nef The Pharaoh (who frequently calls Raj his favorite rapper), Murs,ymtk, Goapele, and others, earning over 1 million plays on his Russ-collaboration “Waiting For You.” With Father Figure 2: Flourish, Rexx Life Raj will hope to realize his commercial ambitions while further establishing his reputation as one of the most original and accomplished artists around.
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Previously: Rexx Life Raj – Burn Baby Burn [Audio]