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Emergency Rations

Mr. Lif Audio CD
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1. Intro (Missing Person's File)
2. Jugular Vein - Produced by Lif
3. Heavy Artillery - Produced by Edan
4. Home of the Brave - Produced by Lif
5. Pull out your Cut - Produced by DJ Hype
6. Get Wise '91 (featuring Edan) - Produced by Edan
7. The Unorthodox - Produced by Fakts One
8. Phantom (featuring ELP) - Produced by ELP

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Mr. Lif's latest mini-album, Emergency Rations, contains in-depth political analysis and has a fine grasp of America's role in international affairs. Plainly, we're far from the urban party zone occupied by most contemporary hip-hop icons. More polemicist than documentary maker, Mr. Lif comes on like a next-generation Chuck D on this frequently marvelous album, or Noam Chomsky with two turntables and a microphone. On "Home of the Brave," this hyper-articulate Boston rapper nails America's long and oil-dominated interest in Afghanistan and the scare tactics employed at home in the wake of 9/11. "When they realized we don't support their attack," he forcefully argues, "they needed something to distract--anthrax." Raging, conscientious, tofu-espousing, incredibly well-informed, and perhaps a little paranoid, Lif is in good company with the mighty El-P and Cannibal Ox at the Def Jux label. --John Mulvey

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best releases of 2002 Oct. 23 2003
Format:Audio CD
Mr. Lif is at the top of hip-hop now (much to chagrin of justice not commercially but....). Clocking in at 28:17, this EP packs more into 1/56 of that time than Ja Rule has put into his entire opus thus far. It opens with an informative-to-the-uninitiated but largely superfluous skit. So really this EP is down another 2:00. The album takes a path of hip-hop not often tread upon, real political analysis. Political hip-hop is not often done well artistically. No matter how much I agree with what Michael Franti might be spittin', the brotha just doesn't have skills on the mic. Lif however, is beyond reproach as a mc. His flow is superb and the rhymes are absolutely sick. On "Jugular Vein" Lif lays on slick rhymes over a driving beat with something like gothic overlay. "Heavy Artillery" is a hype track. It's high-energy rhymes and fast, heavy beats are a perfect intro for the albums high spot, track 4, "Home of the Brave". This tracks hits on the relevant issues of the hour. You might think it's easy given the transparency of Bush's motives in invading Afghanistan but try to make it rhyme and sound good and you'll see where Lif leaves behind simple agit-hip-prop and moves into art. A couple of additions to the CD version only, are two videos (Quicktime). One, a live performance of "Home of the Brave" and another for an outstanding track available here and on the C-Ox/Lif/et alii joint Coast to Coast, "Because They Made It That Way". Lif adds new depth to political hip-hop, joining the ranks of Dead Prez, The Coup, PE and others. In doing so, he proves that the message does not have to be sacrificed when producing art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars worth every penny Aug. 20 2003
By jimmy p
Format:Audio CD
Dedicated Lif fans, boston underground fans, concious hip-hop fans- you probably know this cd and should. for the rest out there . . .
for those of you not familiar with the boston hip-hop scene, here's the perfect introduction. First, its cheap- it'll cost you under $10 for a delicious EP, it flows seemlessly (though each track is descrete), and if you don't like the vibe, you haven't dropped much on it. Next- it epitomizes Boston rap in a few ways- the beats are raw, the lyrics are amazingly intricate (you might consider Lif paranoid based on his messages, but at least he's well informed and concoius- a breath of fresh air from the Nelly/Ludicrous/Jay-Z s' out there), and you won't see the flashy self absorbed style of the mainstream. He's rapping your knowledge and enjoyment, not his own image like the entire radio crew. This can provide the transition to rappers like Akrobatik, Esoteric, Edon, the whole Boston scene, not to mention other Lif Cds (buy I-Phantom, his newer LP)
Next, its a great intoduction into the amazing, fresh, orignal label DefJux: its got El-P, Cannibal Ox, Lif, Aesop Rock, Rjd2 (illest!!!). Music for an alternative, underground hip-hop listener looking for quality, not catchy, cheezy radio appeal.
Standout tracks include "heavy artillery" (its pretty hard) and "home or the brave" along with "get wise in '91."
Introduce yourself to something new.
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I am very quick to hate on left-wing loudmouths. Politics is so stupid.
But don't let dumb political messages keep you from listening to Lif. He blasts through his lyrics so rapidly that, if you don't consciously listen for them, you won't notice the political messages too much. What you should listen to this music for is some dope emceeing and sick music to go along with it. When Lif raps, he sends a constant stream of flow that sounds effortless and natural. His flow is like a vast, scorched, nasal wasteland with craters and canyons and other interesting stuff. The music is, to keep with the metaphor, a dense, colorful, toxic fog that hovers above.
If you listen to this EP, you'll realize that Lif is a brilliant MC, despite his political message.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lif..lif...lif..lif July 11 2002
By Jeff
Format:Audio CD
one word..wow. the reason why i gave this cd just 4 stars is that some of the beats could have been worked on a bit...but regardlessly lif delievers..ive followed lif for as long as ive been in the hip hop scene and to see him rising and rising..and then emergency rations..seeting up I Phantom..my friends we have just hit lif's catalyst..Lif was extremly on point on this Ep. Elp's production on phantom is one of my favorites. wow i cant even sort my thoughts..Anyone who missed the show last night...feel sorry for u..lif/edan/aesop/insight rocked the joint. a must have for anyone who loves hip hop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lif Rips It Endlessly! Aug. 17 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is an e.p., not an album, and the reason it is called "Emergency Rations" is not only a witty remark on Bush's War, but a hint that he has a full length coming up. There is not one bad second on this e.p. It is incredibibly, indelibly dope. Lif rips a track with El P. Edan rips it on "Get Wise 91" which really sounds like its from 1991, and supplies an incredible beat on "HEavy Artillery!" Good lord. Top three rap releases of 2002:
Edan: Primitive Plus
Mr. Lif: Emergency Rations
Motion Man: Clearing the Field (Drops 8/20/02)
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of Lif's best outings Aug. 10 2002
Format:Audio CD
Although this album is far from becoming a classic (like most of Def Jux's stuff, even though they'd like it to be), it will be remembered as vital social commentary in the wake of 9/11. It's good to be able to hear someone in the recording industry, albeit on the fringes, openly criticize the off-base policies of President-Select Bush, and he does it so eloquently on "Home of the Brave" (the video is tight too). The song with Edan , Pull out Your Cut, and Phantom are also worthwhile listens. It deserves only four stars because it's too short.
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