Philadelphia rapper/producer Lushlife delivered one of my favorite mixtapes of 2011. His No More Golden Days tape featured standout tracks such as “Adult Goth,” which featured Das Racist/Greedhead head honcho Heems, and “Motivation,” which borrowed one of the best Clams Casino beats of 2011 (not counting the completely righteous beat from A$AP Rocky’s “Palace,” which still resides in my most played iTunes list this year). The clear standout from the tape, however, was “She’s A Buddhist, I’m A Cubist.” The original is a stellar, old-school cut that features a great guest verse from Memphis rapper Cities Aviv in all his snarky glory. (The mixtape is still available for the price of an email address on his Bandcamp page.)
For the remix treatment, Lushlife enlisted an entire army of collaborators. It seems like he called everyone in his Rolodex (and yes, I imagine a well-known underground rapper ironically employing this relic and not an iPhone). The beat remains outstanding, but the track takes on a whole new, epic life with the cadre of new contributors. Firstly, Dirty Projector’s Angel Deradoorian now sings the chorus. The Cities Aviv guest spot remains the same, but I wish he had provided a new verse, since the original slayed (which remains my one gripe with the track, but you can’t argue with free). Regardless, the new rendition of the track extends over six minutes and now features G-Side (!!!!), current Greedhead poster child Big Baby Gandhi, Deniro Farrar, and KDz Kenny Dennis (aka Seregeti).
The song is available for a free download for the price of a like on Lushlife’s Facebook page or on Soundcloud.