Philly rapper Sudan reminds us to keep our "Spirits Up!" on new track - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

On his second single release of 2020, Philly rapper Sudanreturns with another set of mellow, almost psychedelic verses. “Spirits Up!” clocks in at just over 2 minutes—just enough time for Sudan to drop a series of uplifting, powerful bars. The production, handled by Nothing Special, is equally woozy: synth stabs pop up briefly before dipping back below the mix, cutting through the languid bass chords and trap-influenced 808s.

“Spirits up / What you wanna do / We done had enough,” Sudan raps in the hook. Although the song came out on May 22nd, the recent murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers provides a much heavier context to the track. The song functions as both a call-to-action and a reminder hope for the best—to keep our spirits up—in an extremely dark time for the country and the world.

Sudan has also released a limited edition t-shirt alongside “Spirits Up!” The shirt features a photo of his mother, poet and activist Ursula Rucker, pregnant, “creating life,” along with the powerful reminder that “we are infinite.”

Check out “Spirits Up!” by Sudan, out on all platforms, here. Purchase Sudan’s new t-shirt by contacting him on Instagram through this post.

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