Rexx Life Raj
By Jack Barnes
A cerebral and engaging rapper with an inquisitive mind and a golden set of pipes, Rexx Life Raj is quickly building a reputation among his peers in the Hip-Hop community as a greatly talented up-and-comer. Providing his own spin on Sting’s famous phrase “if you love someone, set them free,” Rexx Life Raj explores the ever-evolving nature of relationships on “Freedom Love,” his latest singing. Featuring a powerful guest appearance from Goapele, the Bay Area’s queen of neosoul, the warm and brilliant “Freedom Love” explores the courage it takes to end a longtime relationship, and how each person can grow stronger with a bit of space. “Freedom Love” is the duo’s second collaboration, following Raj’s guest turn on Goapele’s “$ecret (Remix).” Premiered by MILK, “Freedom Love” is another example of Rexx Life Raj’s idiosyncratic brilliance, as he mixes traditional Bay Area sounds and themes with a more sensitive and empathetic approach. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
“I used to fall asleep with ‘Closer To My Dreams’ on repeat so having actual music with Goapele almost feels like I never woke up,” Rexx Life Raj explained to MILK. “So if I am dreaming, please don’t wake me up, bb. Kyle Betty and I had been working on this track and were looking for the perfect feature. I wanted a warm, female voice but didn’t know Goapele the time. A few weeks later I noticed that she had followed me on twitter, which blew my mind, so I reached out to her and voilà. She gave it exactly what it needed plus more. I’m forever grateful.”
The son of a Black Panther and a former athlete in Boise State’s Division I football program, Rexx Life Raj was the first of his family to graduate from college. 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 plays on Spotify and over . Following the release of his debut album Father Figure in 2016, Rexx Life Raj garnered co-signs from the likes of Pharrell and G-Eazy, and collaborated with the likes of Mozzy, Russ, Nef The Pharaoh, Murs, ymtk, and others. on “Mo
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