I Phantom - Mr. Lif
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  • Summary: Indie Boston rapper Mr. Lif returns with his fourth album.
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  1. It fleshes out its cohesive narrative and cogent ideas with beats that respect the spare antipop ethos without abjuring such wayward rhythm elements as femme chorus, bass-drum-whoop jam, and $20 synth loop.
  2. Make no mistake about it, I Phantom is a fantastic record.
  3. Lif has managed to transcend the gimmicks and wankery that generally mar this kind of grand opus, and emerge with his strongest offering yet.
  4. I Phantom could prove to be one of the most consistently rewarding HipHop records to land in 2002. [#223, p.52]
  5. With I Phantom, Lif creates a funny, sad, profound world, populates it with memorable characters, destroys it, and ponders the meaning of it all.
  6. The tone grows shrill by album's end, but occasional bursts of accessible production help alleviate that shortcoming. [Oct 2002, p.84]
  7. A fractional disappointment after 'Emergency Rations', perhaps. But still, Def Jux's reputation as the most consistent hip-hop label in the world circa now remains unsullied.

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