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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  1. LiamO
    Feb 1, 2007
    10
    A refreshing take on hip hop that deserves all the credit it can get
  2. KatieW
    Aug 24, 2003
    10
    Mr.Lif is the best rapper that I've ever heard. His lyrics are phenomenal. Fuck Ja Rule! Fuck Jay-Z! They aint got shit on Mr. Lif!
  3. nickm
    Mar 6, 2005
    10
    Without a doubt one of the, if not the, most thoughtful, intelligent and articluate rappers out there... His lyrics are astounding and his timing and delivery of them are flawless. Home of the Brave for example is a great track, expressing his controversial (but truthful) views on the US' terrorist policy, ecompassing all that is good about Mr Lif. the mainstream needs to take a queue from this guy. Expand
  4. LawrenceP
    Apr 13, 2005
    9
    The best hip-hop record of the year! Many highlights in this concept LP.
  5. ChristopherN.
    Oct 8, 2002
    8
    A really good hip-hop record. The computer voice get's old, but that aside very well done!