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Friday, June 3, 2016

Get Off Your Cell Phone and Listen to Rapper Rexx Life Raj's New Single, "Handheld GPS"

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 1:21 PM

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In Rexx Life Raj's new single, "Handheld GPS" — off of his upcoming debut, Father Figure — the Berkeley rapper waxes poetic about our technology-obsessed society and the distractions that our devices pose.

Over a delicate, acoustic guitar-laced melody, San Francisco producer Julia Lewis (who, unfortunately, is not female; it's an alias for Benjamin Failk) combines electronic touches with hints of synthesizers to create a mellow template for Raj to both rap and sing over. 
In a press release, Raj, who penned the song in East Oakland, says that the song is about people, including himself, getting lost in their phones. "We live in a time where you get on social media and everyone's life looks perfect," he says. "It's easy to compare yourself to other people's idealized images and feel some type of way. I often find myself doing that." 

In "Handheld GPS," Raj hints at this with the lines: "Two cell phones / still so disconnected / Social media disingenuous / This that shit that needs disinfectant."

Keep an eye out for Father Figure, which drops June 24, and our upcoming feature on the burgeoning rapper. 
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