Mr. Lif, Mo' Mega (Definitive Jux, 2006)
Not to reveal too much about myself, but I used to rock out to the smooth sounds of I Phantom in my car on the way back and forth to the college I went to in Chicken Switch, MO. It and the Gin Blossoms New Miserable Experience made for a nice little rotation.
This is the first real follow-up to that album, not counting the Perceptionists album he put out with Akrobatik, which I found fairly half-assed when I reviewed it here last year.
This beat has the slightest tinge of guitar crunch, which I'm sure you'll appreciate if you're from the suburbs. I should note off top that 9 of these 11 tracks are produced by El-P.
As far as I know, this one doesn't tell any kind of Pete Townshend-style story, but who knows with this guy. He can get fairly obtuse with the lyrics.
About as political as he gets here, which is surprising coming off of that Perceptionists album.
About a trip to McDonalds that doesn't go very well - something I'm sure we all can relate with. This is about going to McDonalds, right?
TAKE, HOLD, FIRE
A "posse cut" with Aesop Rock and El-P. Kinda Aesop Rock-ish, if you know what I mean.
MURS IZ MY MANAGER
Featuring Murs and produced by Edan. Lif and Murs trade verses over a fast rap-style beat, with Murs taking on the role of Lif's manager, trying to make him more famous.
This has a vague, reggae-ish tinge. From what I understand, Lif is a coconut of some sorts; so that explains that.
Not particularly sexy as far as love songs go, especially the part where he eats her out in the bathroom. I don't know that I needed to hear that.
THE COME UP
Akrobatik and Blueprint guest here, which makes this a real nerdfest! This may also have a early '90s-style "message," but I wasn't paying attention.
Lif gets introspective over some slow and low Rick Rubin-type ish. Not unlike President Jay-Z, it seems he has some daddy issues that need working out.
The other one that's not produced by El-P. About how much he loves kid. Aww...
COMMENTS: It's no I Phantom, but it's still pretty good. El-P kills it on the production, and the one Edan did is really good, too. Most of this is a lot less explicitly political than you'd expect coming off of that last album he put out, but you don't really mind as much.
BEST TRACKS: "Collapse" "Ultra-Mega" "Brothaz"