Mr. Lif & Stu Bangas featuring Blacastan “Shelter In Place”

Underground rap legend Mr. Lif teamed up with fellow Bostonian Stu Bangas for the recently released collaborative album, Vangarde. The latest single from the album is “Shelter In Place.” With a buzzy synth sound, the production reminds me of Beastie Boys‘ “Make Some Noise.” The rapping is decidedly different though. Mr. Lif and guest emcee, Blacastan deliver a lyrical punch that saddles the fence between socially conscious and conspiracy theory. Mr. Lif explains “‘Shelter In Place’ is a demand for the American government to do better not only in coronavirus response, but in functioning to increase the moral capital of communities rather than solely increasing the financial capital of the wealthy.” I couldn’t agree more.