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  • Audio CD (June 25, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Definitive Jux
  • ASIN: B000067A5S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,962 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro (Missing Person's File)
2. Jugular Vein
3. Heavy Artillery
4. Home Of The Brave
5. Pull Out Your Cut
6. Get Wise '91
7. The Unorthodox
8. Phantom

Editorial Reviews

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Mr. Lif's latest mini-album, Emergency Rations, contains in-depth political analysis and has a fine grasp of America's role in international affairs. Plainly, we're far from the urban party zone occupied by most contemporary hip-hop icons. More polemicist than documentary maker, Mr. Lif comes on like a next-generation Chuck D on this frequently marvelous album, or Noam Chomsky with two turntables and a microphone. On "Home of the Brave," this hyper-articulate Boston rapper nails America's long and oil-dominated interest in Afghanistan and the scare tactics employed at home in the wake of 9/11. "When they realized we don't support their attack," he forcefully argues, "they needed something to distract--anthrax." Raging, conscientious, tofu-espousing, incredibly well-informed, and perhaps a little paranoid, Lif is in good company with the mighty El-P and Cannibal Ox at the Def Jux label. --John Mulvey

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I'm rambling; get it!
C. Ream
We get production from Mr. Lif, Akrobatik, DJ Hype, DJ Fakts One, Edan (also guest vocalist), and El-P. Like "I Phantom," the lyrics are always on the forefront.
Alan Pounds
The album takes a path of hip-hop not often tread upon, real political analysis.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "needstobuyabike" on October 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Mr. Lif is at the top of hip-hop now (much to chagrin of justice not commercially but....). Clocking in at 28:17, this EP packs more into 1/56 of that time than Ja Rule has put into his entire opus thus far. It opens with an informative-to-the-uninitiated but largely superfluous skit. So really this EP is down another 2:00. The album takes a path of hip-hop not often tread upon, real political analysis. Political hip-hop is not often done well artistically. No matter how much I agree with what Michael Franti might be spittin', the brotha just doesn't have skills on the mic. Lif however, is beyond reproach as a mc. His flow is superb and the rhymes are absolutely sick. On "Jugular Vein" Lif lays on slick rhymes over a driving beat with something like gothic overlay. "Heavy Artillery" is a hype track. It's high-energy rhymes and fast, heavy beats are a perfect intro for the albums high spot, track 4, "Home of the Brave". This tracks hits on the relevant issues of the hour. You might think it's easy given the transparency of Bush's motives in invading Afghanistan but try to make it rhyme and sound good and you'll see where Lif leaves behind simple agit-hip-prop and moves into art. A couple of additions to the CD version only, are two videos (Quicktime). One, a live performance of "Home of the Brave" and another for an outstanding track available here and on the C-Ox/Lif/et alii joint Coast to Coast, "Because They Made It That Way". Lif adds new depth to political hip-hop, joining the ranks of Dead Prez, The Coup, PE and others. In doing so, he proves that the message does not have to be sacrificed when producing art.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By jimmy p on August 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Dedicated Lif fans, boston underground fans, concious hip-hop fans- you probably know this cd and should. for the rest out there . . .
for those of you not familiar with the boston hip-hop scene, here's the perfect introduction. First, its cheap- it'll cost you under $10 for a delicious EP, it flows seemlessly (though each track is descrete), and if you don't like the vibe, you haven't dropped much on it. Next- it epitomizes Boston rap in a few ways- the beats are raw, the lyrics are amazingly intricate (you might consider Lif paranoid based on his messages, but at least he's well informed and concoius- a breath of fresh air from the Nelly/Ludicrous/Jay-Z s' out there), and you won't see the flashy self absorbed style of the mainstream. He's rapping your knowledge and enjoyment, not his own image like the entire radio crew. This can provide the transition to rappers like Akrobatik, Esoteric, Edon, the whole Boston scene, not to mention other Lif Cds (buy I-Phantom, his newer LP)
Next, its a great intoduction into the amazing, fresh, orignal label DefJux: its got El-P, Cannibal Ox, Lif, Aesop Rock, Rjd2 (illest!!!). Music for an alternative, underground hip-hop listener looking for quality, not catchy, cheezy radio appeal.
Standout tracks include "heavy artillery" (its pretty hard) and "home or the brave" along with "get wise in '91."
Introduce yourself to something new.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alan Pounds on June 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I know, how could an EP be worth 5 stars? But the truth is, is that this EP is just as potent as Mr. Lif's critically acclaimed "I Phantom". The album also delivers a concept. The premise being that Mr. Lif has been kidnapped by unidentified government agents, and is now missing. Throughout the album's content, we find out that Lif's relentless attacks on civil rights, censorship, and U.S. foreign policy, is the reason that Mr. Lif presents such a threat. Mr. Lif presents his political commentary in such a way, that the listener soaks it up like a sponge. The lyrics are metaphorical, but also direct. Leaving small subtleties to eke their way into your mind. Lif makes it work quite brilliantly, and he never comes off as too preachy.

We get production from Mr. Lif, Akrobatik, DJ Hype, DJ Fakts One, Edan (also guest vocalist), and El-P. Like "I Phantom," the lyrics are always on the forefront. Although the lyrics are very politically charged, Lif does drop some humor on us too, with his love for movies and video games. Check out these rhymes from "Jugular Vein" - "Once upon a time I had to slay crews / And the story never ends like a Atreyu's". Check this one out - "Pick up a controller and lets play Tekken 3 / Whoop that a** 4 times, now you wanna switch / You can use Eddie, now I'm Dr. Barsconovich". Throwing in lyrics like that show how much fun Lif can be, while simultaneously delivering mind bending lyrics to feed your mind. The next track is an assault on your ears, and one of my favorites, "Heavy Artillery", where he uses his enthralling lyrics as ammo for warfare. The next track, "Home of the Brave" is probably my favorite at this point. It contains the most insightful lyrics that relate to his message (that's debatable). His vicious attacks on George W.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "theillest" on August 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Although this album is far from becoming a classic (like most of Def Jux's stuff, even though they'd like it to be), it will be remembered as vital social commentary in the wake of 9/11. It's good to be able to hear someone in the recording industry, albeit on the fringes, openly criticize the off-base policies of President-Select Bush, and he does it so eloquently on "Home of the Brave" (the video is tight too). The song with Edan , Pull out Your Cut, and Phantom are also worthwhile listens. It deserves only four stars because it's too short.
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