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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 Def Jux strikes again... July 15 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This time with their finest EP Emergency Rations. Mr. Lif is probably one of the most intelligent emcee's out there right now. This album is smart and will definitely change how you look at the world after you listen to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GET THIS CD Feb. 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
I for one am tired of todays popular rap. Every song is about how much money you have and how many "ho s" you f@#k. Finally the underground scene is done with that genre and is moving toward more intelligent issues. This CD rules. The beats are tight and the lyrics flow. The message is smart but not preachy or skewed toward the plight of the black man. Its about real life not how hard the ghetto is. This is the best CD I've heard in a long time, definitely pick it up and much respect to Mr. Lif
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4.0 out of 5 stars The sorrows of empire Dec 3 2003
Format:Audio CD
Who'd of thought that the Trans-afghan pipeline, (a project long in the works and the occult --read hidden-- reason for the war in Afghanistan) would be part of a hip-hop song? Mr Lif "rocks sauted veggies and Tofu, demolishing pimp politicians 'cause he is supposed to." I especially like this EP's final track "I Phantom."
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best releases of 2002 Oct. 24 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Lif Rips It Endlessly!
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2002 by MikeGibbons
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Lif's best outings
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... Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2002 by "theillest"
4.0 out of 5 stars Time Warner will fall record labels will crumble. DefJux #1
This CD is 1 million time iller than Enters the Collosis, Phanton has to be one of the best songs ever made, that beat is crazy. That track Get Wise 91' with Edan, damn thats hot. Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2002 by DJ-H-OS
4.0 out of 5 stars Lif..lif...lif..lif
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.. Read more
Published on July 12 2002 by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Lif is truely the best!
Mr Lif and Akrobatic are off the hook... Tur hip hop is right here on this CD... no BS here just hip hop from the heart...
Published on July 6 2002 by Lindsay
5.0 out of 5 stars knowledge is power...
Mr. Lif's new EP, 'Emergency Rations', is a break through for this already incredible artist. This EP touches on subject matters that most MCs out there could not even understand. Read more
Published on July 3 2002
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