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An American hip hop artist from Boston, Massachusetts, Mr Lif has released two studio albums through El-P's Definitive Jux label. Lif is also a member of the hip hop group called The Perceptionists, also featuring his long-time friends and collaborators Akrobatik and DJ Fakts One.
Lif became a performer in 1994. He won the Kahlua Boston Music Awards for Outstanding Rap/Hip Hop Act in 2000 and 2001. Born in 1977, Mr. Lif's family ancestry is Barbadian. He grew up in the neighborhood of Brighton in Boston, Massachusetts. Life attended Colgate University for two years, eventually dropping out.
The discography of an American hip hop artist from Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Lif, consists of two full-length studio albums, two EPs, one live album, two compilation albums, as well as ten singles, and four music videos.
Lif has many appearances on other artists' tracks and on compilations. Mr. Lif made his recording debut with the self-produced song This Won in 1997. He released This Won through the Boston compilation Rebel Alliance.
Lifs debut vinyl single, Elektro, was released on Nos Productions in 1998. The track was followed by two more singles, Triangular Warfare and Farmhand. Both songs were released on Brick Records and Beastie Boys' Grand Royal respectively.
After earning satisfied audience, Mr. Lif then signed to El-P's Definitive Jux label. Prior to releasing his debut full-length, the concept album I Phantom, the Jux label released two EPs: Enters the Colossus in 2000 and Emergency Rations in 2002. I Phantom came out in 2002. On his full-length debut, the fast-talking MC stepped back a bit from the outright polemics of the EP.
He instead focused on blue-collar black America. In Status, the narrator walked the city, black duct tape over the hole in shoe, exceedingly conscious of his status as a have-not. The work-sucks gripe of Live From the Plantation deepened into the stirring New Man's Theme.
In New Mans Theme, Mr Lif announced: I'm black, strong, intelligent, man, you ain't steering me wrong. Earthcrusher returned Mr. Lif to his political roots, with a healthy dose of old-school self-promotion. Meanwhile, the earnest Success explored the other side of the coin: here, Lif rapped about a man so caught up in providing for his family that his eight-hour days became nine, nine slid up to ten, a subtle slip up to eleven...
Soon he's working so hard that the only support he can provide that family is in the checks he brings home. Over a crunching beat, produced by fellow Def Juxer El-P, Lif compared himself to a daisy-cutter bomb: Forty thousand megatons, he rapped, from my lungs.
Mr Lif appeared with his second album, entitled Mo' Mega. The album was released through the same label in 2006. Following to the release of second album, Boston rapper Mr Lif set out on a tour in support of Mo Mega.
According to Lif's MySpace page, the term 'Mo' represents the dialect created by African Americans whereas 'Mega' represents the ruling class, and the hyper-modernized world largely created by big business. 'Mo' Mega', collectively represents the clash of the working class vs. ruling class, and this album is the sound of that dissonance.
The second full-length album Mo' Mega by hip hop artist Mr. Lif was largely produced by El-P. The album also featured production work from Edan, Australian producer Nick Toth, and Mr. Lif himself.
It contained lyrical guest appearances from El-P, Aesop Rock, Murs, Blueprint, and Lif's Perceptionists rapping partner Akrobatik. Although not critically acclaimed on the same level as I Phantom, Mo' Mega still received mostly favorable reviews.
The album scored a total of 75/100 on MetaCritic. The next summer, he released an EP that attracted a little more attention than the typical indie hip-hop record. The records Emergency Rations, a fierce political diatribe, was the first prominent protest record of the post-9/11 world.