That Kid Raja is a name I’ve heard here in Sacramento. Never heard his music though till he hit me up recently. He absolutely blew my mind with this one, “Krank Me Up.” This shit is a hit. Not many artists on this planet can turn rock into good hip-hop…the last time I think I honestly enjoyed something like this was N.E.R.D.’s “Lapdance”…and that’s really the only thing I can compare this to. In fact, he says…

“I created this song as a soundtrack for when I jog along the American River Trails and for when working out at the gym. I wanted the song to have a 1970’s hard rock feel mixed with a positive Northern California energy. I’m a big fan of Pharrell and his rock group, N.E.R.D, along with Mike Shinoda’s side project, Fort Minor as well. So this song is definitely influenced by those artists along with A Tribe Called Quest, which all my songs to a certain extent are influenced by ATCQ. The song was produced, mixed and engineered by DJ Deryck D right here in Sacramento. Real guitars and bass were provided by Rob McCord and finally the song was mastered by Rodney Mills in Atlanta, Georgia. All co-production, original song concept, lyrics and vocals are by me…”

Big big big ups to That Kid Raja for this one.

Listen to That Kid Raja’s “Krank Me Up” below.