Following on from lead single ‘GLIMPSE’, which garnered attention from Acclaim, Listen Mag, Purple Sneakers and more, ‘GET ME FROM’ showcases the breadth of Raj’s experimental style exhibited across the upcoming RAW DAWG project. Where the glitchy, hard-edged ‘GLIMPSE’ was designed to hit the most primal receptors of your brain and body, ‘GET ME FROM’ treads the line between pure flex of musical prowess, subterranean party-starter and rumination on the nature of success and legacy. Swapping his trademark guttural rumble for autotune, ‘GET ME FROM’ is a robust display of minimalist menace, with the chilly production playing unnerving synth lines off blown-out, distorted bass kicks and stop-start percussion gradually ratcheting up the tension.
Of the track, Raj Mahal shares: “GET ME FROM IS PROBABLY THE MOST FUN I’VE HAD RECORDING A TRACK IN A WHILE. IT’S THE SECOND SINGLE OFF “RAW DAWG” AND SHOWS MY VERSATILITY. PEOPLE HAVE ALWAYS TOLD ME TO PLAY THE GAME TO GET AHEAD BUT I’LL CHANGE IT INSTEAD. THE LINE, “I’M GONE DIE A LEGEND, I’M FOREVER, CAN’T FORGET ME” IS ME TELLING Y’ALL THAT I WILL NEVER LEAVE THIS THRONE. I’M HERE TO STAY.”
For the Boston born rapper, relocating to Australia was a decision made to find himself both emotionally and musically. Inspired by his uncles, key members of Boston’s small hip hop scene, Raj Mahal began rapping as a teenager, but his primary focus was on pursuing a career in football. Before long, with his family’s influence and an unsuspecting introduction to a producer several oceans away, Mahal put football on the backburner and took the plunge. No longer holding back with his drone laced blows, Mahal hopes to craft a lane for hip hop’s formidable storytelling origins to return to the local spotlight.
Despite their stylistic diversity, ‘GLIMPSE’ and ‘GET ME FROM’ together provide a sonic insight into the stark mental state that birthed the jagged and abrasive RAW DAWG EP, which is set to be Raj’s first major release since 2017’s, Neva Safe, following on from a string of standalone singles that has seen his stock skyrocket in his adopted country’s hip-hop scene. In between then and now, Mahal has collaborated with the likes of Triple One, Nerve, Dro Carey, Yibby and more, has performed as one quarter of Savour the Rations, his group with Gibrillah and Domba, and has opened for Wiley, YG and Smokepurpp on their Australian tours. Melding the electronic stylings of Danny Brown and A$AP Ferg with the lyrical dexterity of Jay Electronica and Chief Keef, Raj Mahal promises zero restraint with the release of RAW DAWG.
‘GET ME FROM‘ by Raj Mahal is out now, buy/stream it here.
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