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Concerned as it is with the weighty topic of creativity versus society, Mr. Lif's eagerly anticipated full-length studio debut tackles more American sociological issues than a senior thesis. Label mates Vast Aire, El-P, and Aesop Rock, along with extended-family members Insight, Jean Grae, and Akrobatic, each add their own flavor to the narrative mix. Grounding their collective sound in a revamped, circa-1993 style, El-P, Insight, Fakts One, and Edan offer beats and scratches that perfectly match each song's varied level of intensity. I Phantom is an ambitious project that combines elements previously mined aurally in Prince Paul's proletarian hip-hopera A Prince Among Thieves and to an extent via cinema in Paul Thomas Anderson's epic, Magnolia. Considering the intricate nature of Phantom's sequencing, it'd be hard to pinpoint any one song as the "best," but the Fakts One-produced "New Man Theme" should be required listening for all hip-hop nerds and intellectual thugs, worldwide. --Rebecca Levine
Top Customer Reviews
What makes this concept sounds fresh is the panache and gusto with which Lif puts it onto plastic. The Definitive Jux label has been long regarded as the producers of some of the most forward-looking, genre-imploding hip-hop of the last five years (three masterpieces alone cement this fact), and Mr. Lif makes a huge impact with "I Phantom". The production on this album is stunningly retro: "New Man Theme" and "The Now" especially are reminiscent of the early Nineties hip-hop movement. The actual quality is sometimes eschewed by the concept - "Status" is atrociously mixed to keep in the storyline of Lif not being able to afford a proper beat from producer Insight. The seven-minute dream sequence of "Return of the B-Boy", where Lif is resurrected by hip-hop and battles his clone in a stunning double-speed rap is simply the highlight of not only the album, but of their entire output of the Def Jux label.
Although Lif deviates from his concept (or loses it altogether, depending on who you ask) with the final three songs that end in a shocking nuclear apocalypse, the album's integrity and message aren't lost. Modern society bears down on people that live in it, and they must seek to find some healthy escape before society self-destructs. Or whatever you say it is. Long live Def Jux!
One word to describe I Phantom, Marvelous!
Mr. Lif is an incredible emcee,
I find some best lyrics I ever heard from this album,
I guess, he got some fresh theme,
He not dull like those so-call gangsta rapper keep rappin' killin' people,
Not those platinum rapper keep talking about money sex hoes and cars all day!
Like in "Status" featuring Insight,
in the first verse Mr. Lif act a big money heavyweight,
walk in the club and everyone crowd him,
in the 2nd verse, Insight talk that Mr. Lif used to be broke,
and live like a bum, everybody hate him!
Describe the end of the world at "Post Mortem"
"Live from Plantation" Talk about people work is hard, and even got an A$$hole Boss.
"Success" Mr. Lif talk about a Hard Working Father/Husband,
Who is overly working to earn some to afford his family live,
He think it's the best way to be a Father,
but Finally he understand that this cause he neglect his family,
and His Wife and Children start to think that the ydon't need him,
So fianlly He got Divorce!
Mr. Lif is Bright like the Sun in I Phantom!
and This is a Definitive Jux release,
Yup! It's El-P!
This album mostly produce by El-P, Fakts One and Insight!
All beats in this album is A+++ Grade,
ain't no Dull moment!
A Glimpse At The Struggle - 5/5
Return of The B-Boy - 4/5
Live From The Plantation - 5/5
New Man Theme - 4.5/5
Status - 5/5 [Got The Best Beats]
Success - 5/5
The Now - 4/5
Friends and Neighbors - 4/5
Iron Helix - 4.5/5
Earthcrusher - 4/5
Post Mortem - 4.5/5
So GET this cd now!!!
It's one of the Definitive Jux Classic!!!
Most recent customer reviews
When I first heard this cd i thought nothing of it. After three more listins I realized that Mr. Lif had something for everybody. Read morePublished on July 4 2004 by M. C. Peixoto
Today there are few artist whose words you can relate to.
Mr.Lif speaks of day to day struggles. Read more
It's been out for awhile, now go buy it like i did!This is one of the best albums of 2003!Get your hands on it. Read morePublished on March 15 2004 by Aesop_Rock
simply, this was one of the best of the crop (02 or 03, which it is escapes me). His voice is infectious; el=p reigns it in for the massappeal flow of lif, and, no disrespect, for... Read morePublished on March 4 2004 by equinoise
Mr.Lif is the new KRS-One. All his songs just kick knowledge, and the beats and scratches are banging. I wish that more MC's would be like Mr. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2004 by Bijan Shamloo
Rolling Stone-"Definitive Jux rolls over contemporary pop and rap like a bulldozer."-ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY- "The most galvanizing new hip hop label since Def... Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2004 by dj cypher
Mr. Lif has presented us with a concept album that truly defines the times we live in today. The idea of portraying the rise and fall of man in American society is a suject that... Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2003
If you think this new classic is anything less than four stars, you're a moron. If you can't handle the beats or rhymes, I think LL is coming out with something new pretty soon.Published on Nov. 17 2003 by reference777
"Mr. Lif's Wackness shocks his old fans, June 23, 2003
Reviewer: deadlytruthz (see more about me) from United States
"Wow a new Mr. Lif disc! Read more