PREMIERE: Lushlife’s Haunting “Foreground” Video Responds To Hate
"Get out of my country" were the last words Srinivas Kuchibhotla heard
In an attempt to counter the potato-faced POTUS’ divisiveness, Philly rapper Lushlife created a powerful new song responding to a recent hate crime. Though “Foreground” is originally a Grizzly Bear song, Lushlife’s version is bookended with two new rap verses, “projecting a song about a relationship falling apart onto man and country.”
The new version of “Foreground” was played earlier on Time Crisis, the show Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig hosts on Apple Music’s Beats 1. Today MASS APPEAL premieres the haunting video for the song, which was inspired by the tragic story of 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in Olathe, a town near Kansas City, on February 22 of this year. The Indian-American engineer worked at GPS technology firm Garmin, until he and Alok Madasani, an Indian-American friend and colleague of his, were shot by an emboldened racist. Srinivas didn’t survive the shooting.
“Get out of my country” where the last words he heard.
By that time, Lushlife, an American of Indian descent himself, had been using his talents to fight back at the tangerine fascist’s regime for some time already. He released his politically charged and ACLU-supporting mixtape My Idols Are Dead And My Enemies Are In Power in the days leading up to the depraved reality TV bully’s swearing in. The death of Kuchibhotla only confirmed all the fears expressed therein, inspiring Lushlife to write an op-ed for The Washington Post titled Indian-Americans won’t be safe as long as the White House is inciting fear.
“After the inauguration, things got worse and worse; hate crimes are on the rise” he explains in the interview on Time Crisis. “I saw people in my community calling on Trump to denounce the attacks”, he says. “I just felt that was a useless approach towards tackling the issue, because the real story here is that the Trump administration—no matter what sort of lip-service they might offer— their actions speak volumes.”
Lushlife tells how they fomented anti-Muslim sentiments in the Hindu community to garner votes there. It’s a truly astonishing story involving light sabers, fake terrorists, and the orange idiot proclaiming “I’m a big fan of Hindu.”
Yeah, that happened.
It’d almost be funny, if it didn’t eventually lead to actual American domestic terrorists, feeling justified by their president’s divisive rhetoric, actually murdering people—for no other reason than the brownness of their skin.
“Foreground” is out now through Rough Trade’s A Song A Day Keeps The Pain Away program.