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Mo' Mega is the long-awaited 2nd album from one of Def Jux's most critically acclaimed artists. To help commit the sound and fury of his most recent soundbombs to tape, Mr. Lif has teamed up with acclaimed producer and longtime collaborator El-P to set the sonic table for Mo' Mega. As always, Def Jux head honcho El Producto has flipped the boom-bap, orchestrating a catalytic soundscape from behind the boards one that could only be navigated by a lyrical force as focused and deadly as Lif's. From the Katrina soaked streets of New Orleans to the blood soaked battle-grounds of Sudan and back, there's a riot going on and Mr. Lif has created its definitive soundtrack.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Collapse
  2. Ultra Mega
  3. Brothaz
  4. The Fires
  5. Take, Hold, Fire!
  6. Murs Iz My Manager
  7. Washitup!
  8. Long Distance
  9. Mo' Mega
  10. Looking In...
  11. For You


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 13, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Definitive Jux
  • ASIN: B000FBFSTW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,258 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By E. Ahn on June 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you ever had the chance to see Mr. Lif live (or caught his live LP, Live at the Middle East), you'd know that more than anything, Mr. Lif is an emcee with something to say and an incredibly entertaining way of saying it. Yet, it always seemed like something was missing from his studio tracks. His robotic, monotone voice was often backed by simple loops, or in the case of his last effort, mechanical noise-filled cacophony that did no better in enhancing the message behind the music.

Mo' Mega is largely a credit to El-P's progression as a producer, than it is a lasting testament to Lif's superior skills on the mic. He's always proven that he more than holds his own. So when he chose to drop his first studio album in almost four years, he chose to hand the reins over almost completely to El-P in the hopes that something close to a classic could emerge. Gone are the sprawling robotic sounding epic tracks, the sheer bombastic pomposity of a producer trying too hard to simply be different. Left in its place are crisp drums and stabbing piano keys and guitar riffs that create what most fans have always wanted from Def Jux but were just too scared to ask: a simple hip hop album.

Lif more than delivers, most notably on the absolutely despicable single "Brothaz," where he turns his ire again on the Bush administration (and a pot shot at Hillary). Followed immediately by the impact of the narrative, "Fries", with other standouts like "Take, Hold, Fire!" and "Long Distance", the album coasts along with help from El-P, Aesop Rock, Murs, and Blueprint all lending their vocals to an album that is quite simply, one of the better efforts emerging from a pack of dull and listless hip hop that makes its way down the pipeline these days, whether mainstream or indy.
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Mr. Lif might just be my favorite rapper in the game right now. There aren't many, if any, MCs with lyrics as thought provoking or as geniunely interesting as Mr. Lif. His EP 'Emergency Rations' and first LP 'I Phantom' are both easily 9-10/10 albums, which obviously creates very high expectations for any Lif release. While 'Mo'Mega' is a great album, and would be considered an extraordinary release from most other artists, it doesn't succeed in improving upon, or matching, Lif's prior albums.

The production on 'Mo'Mega' is largely handled by Def Jux founder El-P, who has also provided a good amount of production for Lif in the past. El-P's production style is pretty unorthodox, and many hip hop fans find his production just too "out there". While his production here is a bit more "normal" than what you might expect from him, people who aren't fans of El-Producto might be turned off by the production here. The 3 tracks that aren't produced by El-P have somewhat more conventional production, and they're handled by Edan (Murs Iz My Manager), Nick Toth (For You) and Mr. Lif himself (Washtup!). Overall, I feel that the production is great, although not as good as the production on Lif's past material.

Lyrically, Lif excells as always. Subject matter is great, flow is on point, and Lif executes extremely well. But once again, as shown by past material, Lif can do better. On I Phantom, for example, Lif showed his storytelling ability as well as numerous concept songs (considering it was a concept album). Lif strays away from storytelling and concept songs on 'Mo'Mega', which is pretty disapointing considering how great they were on I Phantom.

Overall, this really is a great album, and by far one of the best of 2006.
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Mr Lif finally comes through with his second LP (not counting Emergency Rations and Enters the Colossus) and man was it worth the wait.

At first when I put on this CD about a week ago I definately had my doubts but, as with every Lif release, it takes a few spins to totally appreciate it. I even disliked I Phantom at first but it soon grew into one of my favorite Hip-hop albums.

This one has the most layered, intricate production of any Lif album so far. Props to El-p for handling most of the duties. Lif's lyrics are a little more hard to discern than with previous efforts but the CD booklet has the lyrics printed to help you along.

Upon further understanding of the lyrics you will find the same topics covered as in I Phantom and a few new ones, but not in a chronological concept sort of way. This is layed out more like a traditional Hip-hop album. It's not as serious of an album as Emergency Rations or I Phantom. In typical Lif fashion his words seem to weave yarns that very few MC's can accomplish. When combined with the different beats, you have one rewarding listen.

It is a refreshing listen from Lif for the fact that it's different than anything else out there right now (and better) and different than anything he's done before. If your a fan of good Hip-hop or Mr. Lif pick this up RIGHT NOW!
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First off, I must give props to El-P for the extremely fresh and addictive production. The beats are definitely a vast improvement, if not a nice progression from Lif's earlier efforts. Lyrically, Lif does not deliver to his fullest potential. Inside we hear a much different Lif than the one we all know from 2002's "I Phantom". His flow sounds too hard, in a uncomfortable sort of way. His lyrics seem far less personal and withdrawn. His relentless attacks against the Bush administration and others sound preachy for the first time ever. Lif has always delivered solutions and intelligent commentary to his attacks that always brought his message full circle. It rather pains me to hear him complain and not offer solutions or reason for his opinions. He sounds more negative than ever on his protest tracks, which frankly clouds the messages. I just don't feel the passion like I did in his last 3 records. However, there are some classics in the mix that defy the rule.

My favorite track and message on the record is somewhat of a comedy sketch - "Murs Iz My Manager" (featuring Murs from the Living Legends crew). Murs tries to guide Lif to fame as they discuss how much work it takes to promote yourself and be known in this industry. "Brothaz" is also a favorite. Lif sounds hungry on this track, and El-P spruces it up with a massive heart thumping beat. "Take, Hold, Fire" featuring dope verses by Aesop Rock and El-P remains a favorite. They all perform well under El-P's sick soundscape. The semi-comical "Washtup" and "Long Distance" are probably two of the worst tracks I've yet heard from Lif. I never thought he would delve into such played out repetitive topics as telling your girl to wash "it" up, and a story of a long distance relationship while on tour (beating a dead horse anyone?).
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