30 October, 2020Print
Rexx Life Raj Announces California Poppy 2 Out November 20th Via EmpireProduced By Kyle Betty & Reecebeats; Mixed By Alex Tumay
EP FEATURES HIP HOP TRAILBLAZERS JUVENILE & KOJEY RADICAL
“STATE OF MIND” OUT TODAY – WATCH VIDEO HERE
NEW MERCH LINE OUT TODAY
Today, Rexx Life Raj, the Berkeley rapper who has a “rare combination of lyrical mastery and dynamic vocal melodies” (SF Chronicle), officially announces his new EP California Poppy 2. Out November 20th via EMPIRE, the project explores life’s highs and lows with a masterful flow, as Raj makes thoughtful observances about what it means to be a Black man in America.
Produced by Kyle Betty (Raj’s in house producer) and ReeceBeats (G-Eazy, Kehlani) and mixed by Alex Tumay (Young Thug, Travis Scott), the nine-track collection is a follow-up to Raj’s 2018 EP, California Poppy, and thoughtfully “speaks to the tumultuous times.” (Uproxx). California Poppy 2 features industry luminaries like Juvenile and British rapper Kojey Radical. Full California Poppy 2 tracklist below.
Pre-order California Poppy 2 here: https://music.empi.re/stateofmind
A standout from the upcoming EP is “State of Mind.” The video, which is out today, provides an escape into Raj’s inner psyche with gorgeous Bay Area views.
Watch the video for “State of Mind” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBVu81qEDEI
“‘State Of Mind’ was the last track I wrote for California Poppy 2,” Raj says about the track. “I wanted this track to feel like an affirmation, not only to everyone listening but to myself. The idea is that even though you may go through phases of being broke, you’re not broken. If you can change your perspective you can change your situation.”
Raj’s new merch line, Protect Your Rexx, is out today. The sleek activewear collection features vibrant colors and is fit for all seasons.
More info here: https://www.protectyourrexx.co/
Previously released singles from California Poppy 2 include “Canvas” (“will untether you from the day-to-day realities of 2020” - KUTX), and “Tesla In A Pandemic” which Hot New Hip Hop praises as an “introspective instrumental that sounds as smooth as the Tesla.”
California Poppy 2 Tracklist:
2.Look At This
3.Bad Bad Bad
4.Aura (ft. Kojey Radical)
5.Telsa In A Pandemic
6.State of Mind
7.Freak (ft. Juvenile)
ABOUT REXX LIFE RAJ:
Raj has toured and sold-out shows around the world and makes music that isn't afraid to be laugh-out-loud funny while also digging deep into what it means to be a young black man in America - music for the brain, heart, and NBA 2k20. Fans of Raj include millions of streamers, as well as Pitchfork ("He can rap, hit a falsetto, and Julia Lewis' sparkly production is complemented by the radiant blood-red backdrop"), Pigeons & Planes (a Best Artist of the Month), and Complex, comparing the 2019 Rapper To Watch to his local Golden State Warriors; the young and talented rapper is building up his own dynasty. A Billboard profile from last year highlighted Raj's local philanthropic work with Good & Proper, working with Kehlani, his father's history as a Black Panthers affiliate, the joys of Olive Garden, and more of his non-music interests, showing a different side to the former college football player (he's 6'3").
Raj is “here to put on for the Bay Area, in the most positive light” (Flaunt), and has worked hard to launch initiatives that support his local community. Raj has worked with the People’s Breakfast Oakland, which helps minimize the effects of food deserts by distributing fresh local produce for little to no charge, UC Berkeley's BRRC (Black Recruitment & Retention Center), a Black student-initiated organization designed to help increase the number of students enrolling in and graduating from California colleges and universities, and the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).
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