Rexx Life Raj – Father Figure (Album Stream)
With his sophomore release, Rexx Life Raj cements his place as one of the Bay Area’s most promising artists on Father Figure, premiered by Noisey, who praised the album as “Accessible, relatable, and deftly political” and recommended it to “anyone who likes breathing and/or good music.” Assisted by production from the likes of Bay Area producers Mikos da Gawd, Ian McKee and Julia Lewis, the 26-year-old Berkeley rapper seamlessly transitions between crooned melodies and swift bars over ambient production, displaying a unique combination of self-awareness and raw emotion that sets him apart from his counterparts. With influences ranging from Andre 3000 to Mac Mall, the presence of the Bay is evident on the project’s few guest features, with contributions from Nef the Pharoah, ymtk and ChristianCrow. Released today via EMPIRE, Father Figure also acknowledges Rexx Life Raj’s realization of his own growing influence as an artist, and the resulting importance of his lyrical content. As he said to East Bay Express this month, “I look at music as an opportunity to spread both wisdom and knowledge to the youth. A lot of times, artists get caught up in what sounds good, and in the process they end up feeding people — mostly kids — a lot of bullshit. I don’t want to make the same mistake.”
Stream the album Father Figure from Rexx Life Raj.