Rexx Life Raj – “Young Wardell” [Audio]

Rexx Life Raj - "Young Wardell" [Audio]

Rexx Life Raj

By Jack Barnes

When the Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry steps on a basketball court, incredible things happen. He pulls off seemingly impossible plays, like game-winning halfcourt shots, no-look behind-the-back passes and off-balance three pointers, with effortless ease. However, Berkeley rapper Rexx Life Raj reminds us that Curry was once merely a kid shooting hoops in his backyard on his woozy Ian McKee-produced new track, “Young Wardell,” premiered by SF Weekly. A former athlete himself, Rexx Life Raj understands the mindset required to succeed in sports and music, applying the same work ethic to his rhymes and melodies as a professional athlete puts into his game. Explains Rexx Life Raj, “I made this track to pay homage to the yellow-god Wardell ‘Steph’ Curry! Steph was never the biggest nor most athletic player on the court. He became great by continually perfecting his craft and taking shots, literally. Every shot is a risk. It’s not a guaranteed bucket, but you’ll never know until you shoot. On the track ‘Young Wardell,’ I used the metaphor of Steph taking shots to symbolize that you have to take a chance in whatever you do. You have to risk not making it to know if you can.” Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
“Young Wardell” is the latest single from Rexx Life Raj’s upcoming album Father Figure. Hitting storesJune 26thFather Figure uniquely illustrates Raj’s awareness of being a young, black male while also maintaining a sense of humor and joie de vivre. Rexx Life Raj explains his relationship with his own father to SF Weekly: “He worked hella jobs for companies like Coca-Cola, Kaiser Hospital, etc. before coming to the realization that he wanted to have his own business. He took all the money he’d saved and put it into building his vision. He never went to college, had no mentor, no one helping him. He took a shot and it panned out. He’s been running a courier service for 30+ years based out of Berkeley. I took this same approach with music. I invested all my money into building my own studio, acquiring a team of people, throwing events, selling merchandise, etc. Although it was a risk, with hella ups and downs, the pay-off has been priceless. I’ve been able to do what i love and connect with dope people. ‘Young Wardell’ speaks to all of these things. Take your shot or you’ll never know.”

Pre-order Father Figure here

Father Figure Tracklist

  1. OMG (prod. Ian McKee)
  2. Far2Easy (ft. Christian Crow) [Prod. Ian McKee]
  3. Helium (prod. Ian McKee)
  4. The Plug (prod. Cisco Cortez & Ian McKee]
  5. Shit N Floss (prod. Kyle Betty)
  6. Scraper With The Rims (prod. Cisco Cortez & Rexx Life Raj)
  7. Handheld GPS [prod. by Julia Lewis]
  8. OJW3 (Prod. by Rexx Life Raj)
  9. Young Wardell (prod. Ian McKee)
  10. Double Back (prod. Ian McKee)
  11. On Ice (ft. Ymtk) (prod. by Mikos Da God, Ekzakt, Ian McKee)
  12. Moxie Java (ft. Nef The Pharaoh) [Prod. by Eli Unorio]
  13. Father Figure  (prod. Kyle Betty)

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