The Georgia rapper-singer Raury is a peace-loving counterpoint to the drug-dealer extravagance of Southern rap's ­mainstream -- the "Why Can't We Be Friends?" to his trap ­brethren's "The World Is a Ghetto." This, along with his hippie-dippie flair for outre fashion and casual disregard for genre constraints, puts him firmly in the lineage of phase-one, ­envelope-pushing Atlanta ­weirdos like Andre 3000 and Cee Lo Green (Raury's staccato, deadpan rap flow is sometimes frustratingly ­reminiscient of the former's), and has made him one of the city's most promising new stars.

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