Yesterday, the Philadelphia rapper and producer Lushlife, a man who has blurred genres in smart ways for years now, released an urgent protest mixtape called My Idols Are Dead + My Enemies Are In Power. The tape is intended as a direct response to Donald Trump’s election and inauguration, and Lushlife isn’t offering it as a free download. Instead, it’s a pay-what-you-want release, and all the money is going directly to the ACLU. The tape features appearances from Killer Mike, Sad13, Kool A.D., Moor Mother, Sun Airway, and others. Below, listen to a single-track stream of the whole tape and check out a statement from Lushlife, via Pitchfork.
Idols + Enemies is a raised fist in the face of a president that openly threatens our most basic constitutional freedoms. To that end, all proceeds from downloads of this project will benefit the ACLU. They’ve had our backs, defending civil rights for nearly 100 years. As the Trump transition team seizes power, the ACLU will be a strong ally in preventing the President-elect’s unlawful and unconstitutional campaign promises from becoming a reality.
November’s dystopian presidential election sent all of us looking for answers. My Idols Are Dead And My Enemies Are In Power brings together artists, activists, and academics to explore how we got here, and what to do next. We stand with poor folks, Muslims, people of color, the LGBTQ community, and all Americans against any attack on our civil rights.
— Lushlife, January 2017
You can buy My Idols Are Dead + My Enemies Are In Power here.