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  • Vinyl (11 Oct. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ADA Global
  • ASIN: B00006FY0T
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 825,354 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bad Card
2. A Glimpse At The Struggle
3. Return of the B-Boy
4. Live From The Plantation
5. New Man Theme
6. Handouts
7. Status
8. Success
9. Daddy Dearest
10. The Now
11. Friends and Neighbors
12. Iron Helix
13. Earthcrusher
14. Post Mortem

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. J. Mullans on 6 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I suggest the first listen to this is without having read the sleeve notes first, so the twists and turns of the plot are a surprise. Yes, this is a hip hop 'concept album' which really must be judged as a whole and not just a selection of tracks.
Our journey begins with traditional hip hop themes but you will find only one battle rap on this album, and even that has many unique twists. Lif deals with subjects in a way that will lead you to believe he has a very good understanding of people and the world we live in. He really does sound wiser than his years. The track 'Iron Helix' for example is an examination of cultural imperialism, with Insight rapping as indigenous, spiritual cultures and Lif crashing in as the voice of so-called 'Modernity'. An example:
Insight: Which language is that?
Lif: Modernity, with a little tyranny
I: But I don't need Chaos, I have peace and serenity
L: You won't find Hell in me, see psychoanalysts for therapy, come prosper and live plentily
I: My existance is heavenly
L: You were meant to be greater
I: Allow me to pray to my creator
L: You *are* the maker, life giver and taker, take control you should feel safer
I: But I don't even feel threatened...
L: YOU need weapons, and apparently a classroom so you can learn lessons!
The final coming together of these two leads to the track 'Earthcrusher' and the fallout of 'Post-Mortem' are a timely reminder of the dangers we face these days.
Lif is adept with patterns of rhyme and the fact that he does it all while sticking to a storyline impresses me more than your average battle-rapper, who has freedom to go from one subject to another at the drop of a hat.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sosa Escobar on 20 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Mr. Lif's EP Emergency Rations held some of the best Hip-Hop tracks to come out over the past year. That was until his album I Phantom was released.
Truly on Emergency Rations Mr. Lif showed he was one the best rappers out there and has proved it once again.
He lyrics rhyme with excellence over El-P's produced tracks which I would say are best of the lot. One of may favourites is 'Live From The Plantation' which puts him into a perspective we can all relate to - a 9-5 job which he hates and dreams about killing his boss. The beats on this track are also brilliant changing half way through.
An excellent album brought out by the continuing excellence of Def Jux.
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Format: Vinyl
Mr Lif is a great M.C. and if you love hip hop and are getting tired of the Ja Rule's in this game Mr Lif is worth checking out. This album is brilliant with standout tracks like "Live from the plantation" "Return of the B-Boy" "Earth Crusher" and "The New Man Theme".
The album follows a story from the first two tracks being a nice dream to the third track "Live from the plantation" being the moment he wakes up and has to drag himself into work, the next track "The New Man Theme" is describing the happiness after quitting his job at the plantation and so on, it tackles so many issues, from guns, war, poverty, governments as we live this mans life through each chapter. Simply first class. There are a couple of tracks which whilst they are lyrically good, musically let it down hence 4/5.
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Format: Vinyl
If you have more than three and a half brain cells and like hip hop, buy this, it'll satisfy your need for cerebral stimulation. If you used to like hip hop and gave up on it as you got older or got fed up with stupid, nonsense bling-bling lyrics, this could be a good reason to return to an old habit. It's what happened to me. I found Lif by accident and this album really made my day. Pick it up, put it on and concentrate, the lyrics deserve your attention.
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