X-Raided Drops New Single “California State” Featuring Locksmith

Making a bold statement, underground rap sensation X-Raided takes aim at the prison industrial complex with a powerful and thought-provoking new single titled “California State” featuring Locksmith, released via Strange Music.

The track’s production weaves airy piano melodies with a subtle beat while a steady bassline pulses like a heartbeat. X-Raided and Locksmith deliver hard-hitting verses that confront the system’s inherent flaws, addressing issues such as the lack of opportunities for growth and the influence of media promoting violence. The song reaches a crescendo with a defiant declaration reminiscent of prison anthems, highlighting the harsh realities of life behind bars with lines like “New Folsom Prison Blues, no Johnny Cash.” X-Raided sheds light on the disproportionate impact the prison industrial complex has on minority communities and hip-hop culture, using his platform to speak out against injustice.

Reflecting on the track, X-Raided shared, “The population is difficult to empathize with so it’s a challenging industry to reform. Lady Justice may wear a blindfold but she peeks.”

“California State” follows X-Raided’s recent collaborations, such as “It’s Up” featuring Ras Kass and KXNG Crooked, as well as “No Conversations” featuring Ellis Prescott.

X-Raided showcased his talent on “Knock” from Tech N9ne’s BLISS project alongside esteemed artists like Conway The Machine and Joyner Lucas. In 2020, he returned triumphantly with his debut album on Strange Music, A Prayer In Hell.

After serving over 26 years in prison for a first-degree murder charge as a juvenile, X-Raided was granted parole in May 2018. Since his release, he has been dedicated to making a positive impact, releasing music, participating in reentry programs such as the Dream Center and Hope For Prisoners, and advocating for restorative justice. His efforts have garnered recognition and praise from various government officials and law enforcement agencies as he strives to reduce recidivism and promote healing within communities.