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Stream Swet Shop Boys Swet Shop EP

When I spoke with Heems over the winter, he mentioned an upcoming EP with British actor Riz Ahmed (AKA Riz MC) under the name Sweatshop Boys. Turns out they’re spelling it Swet Shop Boys (pun), and their Swet Shop EP is out in the world now. Here’s what Heems had to say about it back… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 26, 2014 - 12:52 pm

Styles P – “Lush Styles” (Prod. Lushlife)

Styles P, the legendary hardass Yonkers rapper, has been revealing something of an internet-weirdo streak lately, collaborating with people like Azealia Banks, Action Bronson, Curren$y, and the Philadelphia rapper/producer Lushlife. Today, Styles releases the new album The World’s Most Hardest MC Project, and it includes the scrunchface AraabMuzik collab “Araab Styles.” And now Lushlife ha… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 20, 2012 - 11:31 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Another week, like last week, when people had other things going on and weren’t cranking out music videos with the consistently that they might otherwise. It makes sense. After watching the grand drama of the election, the states falling blue one-by-one, the schadenfreud-rich concession speeches, the immediate right-wing identity crisis playing out on TV i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 9, 2012 - 12:03 pm

Lushlife – “Magnolia” Video

“Magnolia,” a song from Philly rapper/producer Lushlife’s pretty-great 2012 album Plateau Vision, has a deceptively pleasant float to it, but it’s also a showcase for some truly serious verbal calisthenics. And with its new video, Lushlife has found a ridiculously inventive way to approach the already-tired convention of the lyric video. Directors Lamar+Nik film a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 5, 2012 - 3:17 pm

Heems – “Soup Boys (Pretty Drones)”

Das Racist’s Heems has already put out one mixtape this year: The scattered and ferocious Nehru Jackets, which showed deeper reserves of rage and confusion than you’d ever expect from anyone once widely considered to be a joke-rapper. Today, he was planning on releasing another, Wild Water Kingdom. But — a weird irony, considering the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 1, 2012 - 3:58 pm

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2012

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to select the rising bands which have connected them, someone wrote a long time ago. Or, something close to that. Here’s what we’re getting down to: It’s that time of year when Stereogum’s staff selects the 40 most exciting new* acts of… More »

By: Stereogum / September 11, 2012 - 2:05 pm

Lushlife – “She’s A Buddhist, I’m A Cubist (Remix Feat. Angel Deradoorian, Cities Aviv, G-Side, Big Baby Gandhi, Deniro Farrar, KDz Kenny Dennis)”

Here’s a remix of Philly rapper Lushlife’s Plateau Vision cut “She’s A Buddhist, I’m A Cubist,” a track that’s given a lush, spirited reimagination thanks to help from folks like Angel Deradoorian, Big Baby Gandhi, and G-Side. It’s also about as twice as long as the original, which also features like-minded voyager Cities Aviv. Stream… More »

By: Corban Goble / June 12, 2012 - 5:43 pm

Lushlife – “Still I Hear The Word Progress” Video (Feat. Styles P)

Lushlife’s clip for the airwalking Styles P collab “Still I Hear The Word Progress” is the rare rap video that doesn’t show any rappers. Instead, director Willy Berliner gives us the story of a suburban dad who goes on a trance-induced, doughnut-based killing spree. As in: He hallucinates that people have gigantic doughnuts for heads,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 21, 2012 - 2:06 pm

Shabazz Palaces Remix Lushlife

“Hale-Bopp Was The Bedouins” is the Himanshu collab from Plateau Vision, the underrated new album from Philly rapper/producer Lushlife. When the track appeared in its original form, on Lushlife’s No More Golden Days mixtape, it featured the two of them going in over a Gang Gang Dance sample, which is a pretty trippy way for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 30, 2012 - 1:04 pm

Stream Lushlife Plateau Vision

On last year’s great No More Golden Days mixtape, the Philly rapper/producer conclusively proved, if there was even any doubt, that smart lyrics and guttural enunciation could peacefully coexist with Gang Gang Dance samples. Next week, he’ll follow up that mixtape with the new album Plateau Vision, and we’ve already posted early tracks “Big Sur“… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 10, 2012 - 3:37 pm

Lushlife – “Still I Hear The Word Progress (Balam Acab Remix)”

Remix warlock Balam Acab recently tackled Lushlife’s new single, “Still I Hear The Word Progress,” instilling his own slowed-down, wispy aesthetic. Download it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / April 2, 2012 - 12:15 pm

Lushlife – “Still I Hear The Word Progress” (Feat. Styles P)

Last year, we rewarded Lushlife’s smooth, smart No More Golden Days with a Mixtape Of The Week distinction. Today, the promising Philly rapper put out the first single from his forthcoming LP Plateau Vision, “Still I Hear the Word Progress,” a solid skill showcase featuring Yonkers rabble-rouser Styles P (a figure who is no strangerMore »

By: Corban Goble / March 5, 2012 - 2:08 pm

Lushlife – “Big Sur”

Last year, the Philly-based rapper/producer Lushlife released his great No More Golden Days mixtape, a heady combination of raspy, weathered East Coast thump and swirly, psychedelic textures. He enlisted Das Racist’s Heems to rap alongside him over Gang Gang Dance’s “Adult Goth,” to excellent results, and he managed to sound hard doing it, which can’t… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 17, 2012 - 9:59 am

Mixtape Of The Week: Lushlife No More Golden Days

This wasn’t an easy day to pick Mixtape Of The Week. Most weeks, Waka Flocka Flame’s ridiculously fun, satisfying Lebron Flocka James 3 would’ve been a lock for that particular distinction; I may still name it next week’s Mixtape Of The Week if nothing else comes along in the meantime. By the same token, Philly… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 26, 2011 - 2:33 pm

New Lushlife (Feat. Ezra Koenig) – “The Songbird Athletic” (Stereogum Premiere)

UPDATE: We regret to report that, contrary to what press materials for this album claimed, Ezra Koenig does not actually appear on this track. We’re told Ezra and Lushlife are old friends who planned to collaborate on the song; ultimately, it didn’t happen. The label tells us the album will now have to be re-manufactured… More »

By: brandon / May 6, 2009 - 1:23 pm