California rapper, singer and producer Rexx Life Raj give us a little taste from his upcoming album with new single and music video ‘Balance’
The new single “Balance” highlights his evolution, bluesy guitar wrap around a loose beat as Raj’s impeccable and inimitable storytelling captivates. He ponders intense moments such as “mama on a stretcher” before achieving equilibrium on the refrain as he assures, “Tightrope walking, but you balancing.”
Raj shares: “Balance was a concept I’d had in my mind for a while because it was something I had been dealing with,”, “Trying to juggle being a caretaker, music, businesses, and relationships were weighing heavy on me. I wrote it as an affirmation to myself and hopefully the listener.”
The moody video sees Raj pay homage to his late mother as he reflects on their experiences throughout the years, with both vignettes and real-life video snippets. Through it all, he clings to a children’s book called ‘A Mother’s Love,’ an irreplaceable memento.
“Balance” sets the stage for more much more to come in 2022 from the Bay Area native.
The new single arrives on the heels of last year’s soulful “Calling” [feat. Terrace Martin]. In addition to garnering over 300K Spotify streams, the song received tastemaker praise. HotNewHipHop applauded how, “Rexx Life Raj delivers mindful bars over Terrace Martin production,” and REVOLT attested, “he hasn’t missed a beat.”
Beyond co-signs from G-Eazy and Kehlani and sold out tours on multiple continents, The Ringer predicted, he “is on the cusp of his break,” and all signs point to such a break in 2022. He recently curated a special Black History Month playlist for Soundcloud and was featured as part of Apple Music’s Hey Siri outdoor billboard campaign.
Raj transitions from hilarious anecdotes and clever bullshit to heartfelt gems about relationships, and self-reflection, often making him both teacher and class clown on the same record. Produced by Kyle Betty (Raj’s in house producer) and Reece Beats (G-Eazy, Kehlani) and mixed by Alex Tumay (Young Thug, Travis Scott), California Poppy 2 also featured industry luminaries like Juvenile and British rapper Kojey Radical.