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
    10
    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
    9
    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
    9
    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
    8
    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
    7
    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
    4
    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