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Mr. Lif

When he began releasing singles in the late '90s, party rap and gangsta rap were the dominant styles most MCs favored, but Mr. Lif's lyrical agenda was a political and socially conscious one that recalled the rap stars of the late '80s and early '90s -- Public Enemy, Gang Starr, and Boogie Down Productions. Born Jeffrey Haynes, Mr. Lif grew up in the Boston, MA, suburb of Brighton, attending college for two years before focusing on a music career. He released his first single, "Elektro," in 1998, attracting the attention of labels Grand Royal and Def Jux.

Working closely with producer and Def Jux label head El-P, Lif released a series of critically acclaimed singles and EPs, starting with Enters the Colossus in 2000. Touring kept him busy for the next year, but he still found time to release the "Cro-Magnon" single and a live CD, Live at the Middle East. His most ambitious work to date followed in 2002 with a pair of concept releases; the Emergency Rations EP bookended collaborations with Edan and Akrobatik in an MC abduction scenario, while the I Phantom full-length formed a saga that led him from birth to apocalypse. He revisited his Akrobatik collaboration in 2005, when the pair joined producer Fakts One to form the Perceptionists, who released Black Dialogue, also on Definitive Jux. One year later he returned with Mo' Mega, his proper follow-up to I Phantom, featuring eight productions from El-P and appearances from Murs, Aesop Rock, and Blueprint. I Heard It Today, released in 2009 on Bloodbot Tactical, contained some of the most pointed lyrics of his career. ~ Wade Kergan, Rovi
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Still got my copy of this. The jewel case broke and the disc doesn't stay in place - circa 2001.
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Beat's so true to El-P.
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muttwatcher2 0 0 3
One of the best albums EVER
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Wow. Dope.
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One of the best hip hop artists to exist, isn't afraid to speak the truth.
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Dude is mad humble met him in Columbus back in 2009 with Willie Evan's Jr and Grieves. Signed my copy of I heard it today and kicked it with me for like 20 minutes like was old homies. I drove for almost 4 hours to get there with my lady who was expecting at the time and he acted all shocked that someone would drive that far to come see him...Like I said dude was mad humble.
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On that kush my nikka
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Break me of a leaf on love MR LIF
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Dope
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Dude is so dope. Saw him live with Akrobatik once......wo w e e e e e e .
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Straight digg Lif yup. @jtmathes no joke, truth. Beat.s n lyrics strong. ♥ n Peace ya'll
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GrrreeeaaaT! Always loved Mr. Lif Listening to Live From The Plantation

From the album : Live At The Middle East
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So good!
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Co Flow for life!
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mmmmmmmyes!
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Lif drops knowledge while staying true to hip hops roots.
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Yesss....
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matha f**kin lif is phat
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Super dope live performance. He's got fantastic energy. Unlike most rappers, he's way better in person.
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Mr. Lif is holding it down for BeanTown! Much Respect...

If you don't have the Perceptionis t s (Mr Lif & Akrobatik) album, Black Dialogue, it is an absolute must - One of the BEST hip hop albums EVER, no joke!
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jdubirwin
Simply sick!
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Big-Ups LIF
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gsays1
Freud:

yeah, click "add variety" on the station name and type in his name.
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Is there a way I can add mr lif to one of my already made stations?
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mmogoddess
yea i love that his lyrics have an oldschool feel...bring i n g it back to real lyrisism...f * * k that new s**t...cash money millionaire wannabes...s u c k a MCs!
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roth77
so legit.
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awesomeness incarnate
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this is absolutely amazing. I'm glad I I got to hear this song and find out about Lif
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prole1917
Lif is one of the reasons that I have refused to give up on true original gritty underground Hip Hop. His lyrics, flow and political conciousness are inspirationa l and from the heart. I have seen him perform at least five times and will never get tired of his act. Mr. Lif is a Lyrical God! Live at the Middle East is priceless!
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Eh, this is a true MC. With a hot live performance.
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Not many have ascended to the level of lyrical wizardry as Lif.
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This dude is ill.
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Sick and informative
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Lif 4 Life.
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Def Jukie Wookie
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gemarbella
sick music

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