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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!
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?).Read more ›
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