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I Phantom


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Nov. 24 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Definitive Jux
  • ASIN: B00006F7OH
  • Other Editions: LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,525 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bad Card
2. Glimpse of the Struggle
3. Return of the B-Boy (parts 1 & 2)
4. Live From the Plantation
5. New Man Theme
6. Hand Outs
7. Status
8. Success
9. Daddy Dearest
10. The Now
11. Friends and Neighbors
12. Iron Helix
13. Earth Crusher
14. Post Mortem

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Format: Audio CD
"Wow a new Mr. Lif disc!" came out of my mouth when I saw I phantom sitting on the shelf amoungst all the independant labels. Obviously I bought it and rushed to the car to play it on the way home, thats when the trouble started... not only was I not feeling one track on the whole disc... but it all sounded like terrible old school. I have heard better beats put together from local artist who dont have a dime to spend... what was mr. lif thinking? I shoke my head as I took it out of the player "Hard to Imagine that Jedi Mind Tricks had this cat on their Cd" . Where is the cd now? probably disapointing another old fan that bought it from me via- online.
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By bwhetsel on June 5 2003
Format: Audio CD
Mr. Lif has struck out in just about every area with this album. This first strike against him is that he is overbearingly presumptuous from the first words of the liner notes. I take a dim view of an artist who calls his own work "vivid," "challenging," and "intricate." Furthermore, I take a dim view of an artist who at the same time makes one of his tracks (#6, "Status") sound awful on purpose, whatever that purpose may be.
Some good beats or good ideas might justify Lif's presumptuousness, but this album has none of those. There is nothing original about any of the sounds on this album. It wouldn't have sounded fresh five years ago. I will grant that Lif can rhyme. But his ideas are confused and arguable, at best. And since there's nothing danceable or original, musically, on this entire LP, the listener is forced to pass judgment on the ideas. This album, according to the liner notes, tells a story: it starts with a dream about returning from the dead to save hip-hop culture and ends with a nuclear holocaust. That's alot of ground to cover, and Lif doesn't do a very good job at developing any of it. Even if he did, I don't think it would make good listening. Moreover, Lif spends a few tracks showing how corporate generated "social ills" result in the misfortune of one family. I sincerely hope I'm wrong in my interpretation of Lif's main theme, that "social ills" result in human suffering with absolutely no responsibility placed on the actual perpetrators of evil, but that seems to be Lif's main conclusion. This is nonsense, and it doesn't make good listening.
That's my take on this album: bad music, bad ideas, just bad. The only reason that it gets two starts instead of one is that a bad idea is better than bubble-gum pop vacancy.
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By M. C. Peixoto on July 5 2004
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard this cd i thought nothing of it. After three more listins I realized that Mr. Lif had something for everybody. I cant think of a single person who couldnt relate to something Mr. Lif has to say. He's the kinda guy you would think "Thats exactly how I feel!" every time he goes through another verse. In short, if your a Public Enemy fan or just a hip hop fan who hasn't heard of Lif, I Phantom is the perfect introduction to Boston's finest.
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By Kurt Lennon on June 23 2004
Format: Audio CD
Don't tell Mr. Lif the idea that the hip-hop concept album is supposedly dead and gone, because he has gone and created one of the best of the genre with "I Phantom". Sure it seems a tired concept: the oppressiveness of society and the government, mindless under-paying employment, and the threat of worldwide destruction. Who doesn't ever experience the fear of one or the other? Who isn't right now stuck in a rut? We can all relate to these ideas.
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!
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Format: Audio CD
Today there are few artist whose words you can relate to.
Mr.Lif speaks of day to day struggles. Live from the plantation
is the anthem for anybody who has had a job that they hated.
I got out the military in August 2003. Everyday before I went
to work I played this song, It helped me keep things in perspective.
Earthcrusher is my second favorite from this album. It is a chilling look at the world and current events. Not many artists
make you feel like reading more books. But Mr. Lif is one
of them.
This CD is solid all the way through.
It is a must buy for hip-hop fans who are well read.
Classic.
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