- Audio CD (May 6 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: EP
- Label: Definitive Jux
- ASIN: B000067A5S
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,115 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Emergency Rations EP
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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
Top customer reviews
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.
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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