Mo'Mega - Mr. Lif
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  • Summary: This long-awaited follow-up to 2002's 'I Phantom' once again reunites the indie MC (also known as Jeffrey Haynes) with producer El-P. Also appearing are Aesop Rock, Akrobatik, Blueprint, and Murs.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Like The Coup's strangely simpatico latest album, Lif's frisky, humane Mo'Mega redefines what a political rap album can be.
  2. Pundits say there's too much hype for Def Junkies, but with records like this, there's good reason for it. [Aug 2006, p.224]
  3. 80
    [El-P's] sinister, scarified industrial noise and beats bring a grimly thrilling dimension. [Jul 2006, p.102]
  4. Mo' Mega keeps the bar set pretty high.
  5. He makes his tracks entertaining, but he occasionally falls prey to a common trap -- educating the listeners but not enlightening them.
  6. Lif’s greatest strength remains his pissy paranoia.
  7. Seem[s] like a missed opportunity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. HardcastleMcCormick
    Aug 25, 2006
    This is very underrated album. Many songs just rock very hard in that underground hip hop way. Could be longer...
  2. KevinA
    Jun 15, 2006
    More variety and more fun than previous Lif releases. Not as revolutionary as I Phantom, but much much better than some of these hater reviewers would suggest. Expand
  3. LouisP.
    Aug 1, 2006
    Mr. Lif may not be reaching for the political stars and inspiration of his previous album but "Mo' Mega" is my favorite kind of LP. This is a album that has been conceived not track-by- track but as a complete effort. EL-P shapes his production around Lif's insanely clever B-boy rhymes making "Mo' Mega" a joy for old school fans like myself. Expand
  4. JohnD
    Jul 24, 2006
    If this album didn't have the lyrics in the liner notes, I probably would have played this album once and then forgotten about it; El-P's beats are that ill-fitting (not bad, but Lif doesn't sound comfortable on them). Expand
  5. JamalS.
    Jun 24, 2006
    Not bad at all, El-P's beats are good, but never reach Can-Ox heights (in ambition or sound). Mr. Lif is as strong as ever on the mic, although his previous effort was a more concentrated effort, adding to the appeal. Overall, I don't think this will upset any fan's of Mr. Lif, and I like it a lot more than The Perceptionist's (of which Mr. Lif is part of) release last year . In a relatively uninteresting stretch for underground rap, this and Dabrye's Two/Three will definitely be some CD's to get for satisfying your craving. Expand
  6. MarcL
    Jun 15, 2006
    El-P beats have gotten sooooo stale... I would care a lot more about paying attention to Lif's raps if I weren't so immediately turned off by El-P's age-old sci-funk wankery on the majority of the songs on this album. There are some good moments on this album, but ultimately it is ruined by El-P. At this point, it looks like it would be in Lif's best interests as a rapper to jump labels...for it has been a long time since Def Jux was relevant. He deserves much better. Expand