Berkeley-based producer JULiA LEWiS (aka Benjamin Falik) is the go-to producer for vibe-y, cerebral side of Bay Area rap. Contrasting soft vibes and easy listening electric piano with overdriven bass and knocking drums, LEWiS celebrates the independent hustle on “Outta Pocket,” a bright and invigorating track, complete with a sense of humor and a playful array of counter-melodies. The single features a star turn from fellow Berkeley native and frequent collaborator Rexx Life Raj, who strings together two tongue-in-cheek verses about the pros and cons of funding your own artistic career and delivers a sweetly sung hook, and a gleefully mischievous 16 from Oakland native Guapdad 4000.
An enigmatic producer who uses live instrumentation, electronic sounds, and jazz theory to imbue his instrumentals with a warm musicality, JULiA LEWiS (aka Benjamin Falik) seeks to find the middle ground between Miles Davis and Mobb Deep. His uniquely organic and tuneful sonic footprint can be heard on tracks by singers like Joyce Wrice, Bosco, and Duckwrth – as well as rap artists like Rexx Life Raj, G-Eazy, Yung Pinch andCaleborate. “Handheld GPS,” which he produced for Rexx Life Raj’s debut LP Father Figure, has racked up six million plays on Spotify in the year since its release.
Stream “Outta Pocket” by JULiA LEWiS, Guapdad 4000 and Rexx Life Raj below.