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Let’s Talk About This Year’s XXL Freshmen

When XXL first started picking its rap freshmen a decade ago, none of them owed anything to the internet. Today, that's a tough thing to…
Tom Breihan | June 14, 2017 - 9:57 am

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Could Rap Music Be Whitewashed The Way Rock ‘N’ Roll Was?

In 1960, black rock 'n' roll guitarists like Chuck Berry were among the most vital forces driving popular culture. By 1970, a black rock 'n'
Tom Breihan | September 28, 2016 - 12:51 pm

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Rap Grammys Matter, Except Not Really

In one of the more fascinating moments during Kanye West's recent erratic Twitter spree, he mentioned next year's Grammy Awards, saying that he wouldn't show…
Tom Breihan | February 17, 2016 - 12:33 pm

More Mr. Lif stories

Mr. Lif & Akrobatik – “Free At Last” (Feat. Syne) Video

Mr. Lif and Akrobatik, the two underground MCs who used to rap together as the Perceptionists, reunited this year to release Resolution, their first album…
Chris DeVille | August 16, 2017 - 11:29 am

The Perceptionists (Mr. Lif & Akrobatik) – “Hose Down” Video

Way the hell back in 2005, the veteran Boston underground rappers Mr. Lif and Akrobatik, working together as the Perceptionists, released a really great and…
Tom Breihan | June 29, 2017 - 10:09 am


Mr. Lif & Akrobatik – “Hose Down”

Way the hell back in 2005, El-P's then-thriving Definitive Jux label released Black Dialogue, the debut album from longtime Boston underground rap fixtures Mr. Lif…
Tom Breihan | June 13, 2017 - 1:21 pm

Download L’Orange & Mr. Lif The Life & Death Of Scenery

The cinematic boom bap producer L'Orange and savvy MC Mr. Lif have linked for The Life And Death Of Scenery. It's a perfect pairing because…
Collin Robinson | October 7, 2016 - 12:35 pm

L’Orange & Mr. Lif – “Palace In The Sky”

Criminally slept-on producer L'Orange and MC Mr. Lif are set to drop their collab LP The Life And Death Of Scenery next month. We've already…
Collin Robinson | September 22, 2016 - 3:04 pm


L’Orange & Mr. Lif – “Strange Technology” (Feat. Akrobatik & Gonjasufi)

North Carolina producer L'Orange is one of the most underrated beatsmiths and samplers right now. Veteran underground spitter Mr. Lif is in the same category…
Collin Robinson | August 23, 2016 - 10:30 am

Mr. Lif – “Let Go” (Feat. Selina Carrera)

The syntactically precise, intellectually curious Boston rapper Mr. Lif was one of the standouts of the Def Jux crew in the early '00s, and he's…
Tom Breihan | April 4, 2016 - 2:13 pm

Mr. Lif – “World Renown” (Feat. Del The Funky Homosapien)

Early-'00s indie-rap heroes of the world unite! Mr. Lif was one of the leading lights of the Def Jux crew back in the day, and…
Tom Breihan | March 14, 2016 - 12:02 pm

Mr. Lif – “Whizdom” (Feat. Blacastan) (Stereogum Premiere)

Hip-hop stalwart label Mello Music Group consistently drops fire. Their roster is largely underrated, but everyone from top to bottom can spit, and the production…
Collin Robinson | February 11, 2016 - 10:03 am