Rexx Life Raj’s New Track Is “Therapy” In A Song


Listen to the premiere of “Tucked Off Shawty/Touchdown” here

“Tucked Off Shawty/Touchdown,” the latest single from Berkeley, California rapper Rexx Life Raj, is a deep inhale on the mountaintop. From Raj’s buoyant, elastic flow to the smooth, measured production, every note of the track brims with a sense of hard-earned accomplishment.

For so many rappers, “the top” is something that they’re either striving to reach at a breakneck pace or a perch from which they’re looking down anxiously at would-be usurpers. But Raj, whose two Father Figure albums are packed with memorable hooks, snappy lyricism, and motivational fuel delivered in tumbling, half-sung cadences, makes his ascent seem both inevitable and unhurried.

“This was one of those songs where I wasn’t really thinking. It’s an amalgamation of a lot of feelings I had at that moment in time, which is a lot of my music,” Raj says of the track. “It serves as therapy in that way.“

But what really elevates the cut is its second half. While plenty of MCs stitch two songs together in the hopes of making a grand statement, Raj has shown a deft touch in pairing tracks that complement each other without feeling forced (for further proof, check out “Far2Easy / Vanilla Ice” or “Sundaze / Devin’s Song”). While “Tucked Off Shawty” is an exercise in confidence, the transition into “Touchdown” establishes dramatic tension between the personal life of Faraji Wright and the rising music career of Rexx Life Raj.

“Make me want to relocate/ Make me want to reevaluate everything,” he confesses to the track’s subject, putting their relationship in the context of his jet-setting lifestyle atop a mellifluous blend of pianos, synths, and guitar.

Success comes with compromise, even for an artist as assured in his pace and path as Raj, and the fact that he renders both sides of the story in his music only makes his rise that much more compelling to follow.

For more on Rexx Life Raj, read our December interview with the captivating Bay Area rhymer.

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Along with

Showtime just ordered a pilot episode of Casallina "Cathy" Kisakye's comedy anthology series, which will be executive-produced by Lena Waithe. The show, called How to Make Love to a Black Woman (Who May Be Working Through Some Shit), sounds like it'll be... informative.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, though the series is a comedy, it will also touch on some vulnerable subjects as well. It described the show as being about "connection and rejection that explore our most harrowing—and harrowingly comic—sexual secrets." Waithe said in a statement about the news, "Cathy's script is haunting, funny, and extremely vulnerable—it's the kind of script that doesn't come around very often." She continues, showing her excitement for the project: "I'm honored that Cathy trusts me with such a special project. I can't wait for the world to see it."

Kisakye, who previously worked with Waithe on The Chi, says that the show is close to her heart, and that the series will portray three-dimensional, complex women. "With How to Make Love, I'm thrilled to tell stories about the women I know, who are complicated, passionate, resilient, and relatable," she said in a statement.

Kisakye is the creator of the show, and will be writing the pilot script. It's the latest project to come to Showtime through Waithe's first-look deal and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, should it go to series, this would be the first anthology for the network.



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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]