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Mr. Lif, “Mo’ Mega” [Definitive Jux]

Mr. Lucky   8/14/2006   A Library

Consistency is the key for this latest release from indie rap darling Mr. Lif. Mo? Mega is Lif’s ‘juxtaposition of the slave and the elite with no common ground between the two?. In other words the songs aim to illustrate the emcee’s view from the middle, communicating the gaps between rich & poor, right & wrong, and man to man. The beats are awesome, something like the sound of the Mothership landing in NY during the dead of winter. El-P’s crystalline boogie bounce dominates the album, with Lif contributing on 2 songs and Nick Toth putting and exclamation point on the album with ‘For You?. There are lots of good songs on this, and I especially enjoyed the dancehall stylee of ‘Washitup?, on which Lif explores his island roots. It may be a bit much for some to listen to Lif’s cartoonishly nasal delivery for a whole album, so luckily Def Jux labelmates Murs, El-P, and Aesop Rock drop by to give Lif some love. ‘Mr. Lucky

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