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.