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Sounds GOOD: Download "Big Sur" by Lushlife

Download a new track to support the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society.

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Lushlife (born Raj Haldar) is on a roll. The Philly rapper/producer's recent releases have earned rave reviews from the likes of The New York Times, Pitchfork, and Stereogum. Meanwhile, Haldar's new album, Plateau Vision, has critics wondering if he might be "the best kept secret of independent hip hop."

On "Big Sur," the MC spits fiery lyrics that reference Smithsonian archivist Harry Smith alongside obscure 1990s weirdo rap crew Boogiemonsters. Western Vinyl labelmate Botany provides the boom bap backdrop, a beat that Lushlife calls "equal parts ‘60s garage rock burner and classic hip-hop neck-snapper."

Stream "Big Sur" above, then pay any amount to download it. Lushlife has asked GOOD to give the net proceeds to the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, a nonprofit devoted to saving Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals.

Bonus material: Check out this clip of Lushlife covering the Jay-Z classic "Dead Presidents" on a grand piano in a church.

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