Mr. Lif

Mr. Lif

Real Name:
Jeffrey Haynes
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Born: 1977, Boston, Massachusetts, to parents of Bajan descent.

"Mr. Lif has become perhaps the most touted lyricist in Boston Hip-Hop history" (Boston Phoenix 12/1/00). Since his 1997 debut on Brick Records Rebel Alliance LP, Mr. Lif has released numerous singles, an EP and a live album to international critical acclaim. 1998's "Elektro," and 1999's "Triangular Warfare," which featured B-side production from underground kingpin El-P (then of Company Flow), introduced the world to Lif's infectious delivery and distinct voice. In the Fall of 1999 Lif hooked up with the Beastie Boy's Grand Royal Records for the release of his third single "Farmhand" as part of the 12" series Blow up Factor. The year 2000 marked the release of Lif's first EP Enters the Colossus on Definitive Jux Records, prefaced by the lead single "Front on This." This past year, Mr. Lif did what few hip-hop artists have ever tried to do, he released a live album. Live at the Middle East brings to life Mr. Lif's incredible energy and ability, as he performs all the classics, plus introduced three new songs to the masses.

Four-time Boston Music Awards winner, Mr. Lif has toured the world, performing alongside the very best in Hip-Hop and beyond, including; Eminem, The Roots, Company Flow, Busta Rymes, Burning Spear, Souls of Mischief, Cannibal Ox, KRS-One, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, Roni Size Reprazent, Tortoise, Zap Mama and many, many more.

As a lyricist, Mr. Lif offers Hip-Hop through the eyes of an intelligent man who is passionate about his art form. He commands the attention of his peers and seeks to inspire them to search for Knowledge of Self. Within one song, he may launch an attack on the American educational system while delivering an onslaught of battle rhymes that will make Hip Hop fans reminiscent of park jams back in '88. Mr. Lif uses a powerful command of vocabulary to create vast and precise images. Listeners receive an intense lyrical package that contains highly visual content delivered via polyrhythmic flows, a voice full of character and authority, as well as a compelling sincerity that will blow your mind.
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Mr. Lif Discography

Albums

OZO88832-2 Mr. Lif Live At The Middle East(CD, Album) Ozone Music OZO88832-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
Mr. Lif I Phantom (Album) Definitive Jux Europe 2002 Sell This Version
Mr. Lif Mo' Mega (Album) Definitive Jux US 2006 Sell This Version
none Willie Evans Jr., Mr. Lif & Akrobatik Willie Evans Jr., Mr. Lif & Akrobatik - Black Mega [The Remixes](CD, Album) Brainchild Music none 2007 Sell This Version
Mr. Lif I Heard It Today (Album) Bloodbot Tactical Enterprises US 2009 Sell This Version
none The Polish Ambassador, Mr. Lif, Ayla Nereo The Polish Ambassador, Mr. Lif, Ayla Nereo - Terra Bella(9xFile, FLAC, Album) Jumpsuit Records none US 2015
Mr. Lif Don't Look Down (Album) Mello Music Group US 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

NOS-001 Mr. Lif Elektro(12") Nos Productions NOS-001 US 1998 Sell This Version
Mr. Lif Farmhand (Single) Grand Royal US 1999 Sell This Version
BRK 006 Mr. Lif Triangular Warfare / Inhuman Capabilities / Arise(12") Brick Records BRK 006 US 1999 Sell This Version
Push Button Objects with Del The Funky Homosapien*, Mr. Lif, DJ Craze Push Button Objects with Del The Funky Homosapien*, Mr. Lif, DJ Craze - 360° Chocolate Industries US 2000 Sell This Version
Mr. Lif Enters The Colossus (EP) Def Jux US 2000 Sell This Version
Mr. Lif Front On This (Single) Ozone Music US 2000 Sell This Version
DJX004 Mr. Lif Cro-Magnon(12") Def Jux DJX004 US 2000 Sell This Version
DJX20 The Weathermen (2) / Mr. Lif & Murs The Weathermen (2) / Mr. Lif & Murs - Same As It Never Was / Sneak Preview(12", Single) Definitive Jux DJX20 US 2001 Sell This Version
Mr. Lif Emergency Rations (EP) Definitive Jux US 2002 Sell This Version
Mr. Lif New Man Theme (Single) Definitive Jux 2002 Sell This Version
DJX038 Mr. Lif Return Of The B-Boy(12") Definitive Jux DJX038 US 2002 Sell This Version
OZO88833 Mr. Lif Live Freestyles(12") Ozone Music OZO88833 US 2002 Sell This Version
DJX26-6 Mr. Lif Home Of The Brave(12", Single) Definitive Jux DJX26-6 US 2002 Sell This Version
BRK 023 D-Tension (2) Presents Akrobatik / Apathy / Mr. Lif D-Tension (2) Presents Akrobatik / Apathy / Mr. Lif - The Fugitive / D.S.L. / Trouble Shooting(12", Single) Brick Records BRK 023 US 2002 Sell This Version
DJX045 Mr. Lif Live From The Plantation / Return Of The B-Boy(12", Pic, Ltd) Definitive Jux DJX045 US 2003 Sell This Version
Mr. Lif Brothaz Definitive Jux US 2006 Sell This Version
Mr. Lif The Fries Definitive Jux US 2006 Sell This Version
none Mr. Lif Santa's Got A Motherfuckin' Uzi(7", Pic, Ltd, Shape) HipHopSite.com Recordings, Definitive Jux none US 2006 Sell This Version

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ibbjamin

ibbjamin

April 6, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
Mr. Lif is one of the best "conscious" MCs and producers of the 21st Century. He did have some releases in the mid to late 90s, but he didn't really begin to gain more widespread recognition in the underground hip hop spotlight until Enters The Colossus in 2000. Earlier that year he was featured on the famous and highly respected Deltron 3030. He later gained even more recognition with Emergency Rations and then I Phantom, where he skillfully showcases his storytelling laid over slick beats. If you can get a chance to see him perform live, he will not let you down. His stage presence is very humble, but he will definetely entertain the toughest crowds. "He came to the studio laid back, then proceeds to blow a hole in the track." If you are unfamiliar with Mr. Lif, check out Sleepyheads >> Unreleased and Hard To Find. It's my favorite album of his, taking you on a journey all the way back to early on in his career in 1995 with the jam Madness In a Cup. This track is not featured on any other album and it is as fresh as anything today. Other gems including Elektro (1998), one of his best productions,can be heard on this album as well. Yes, I did say production - he is a top notch producer that lays down some of the sickest beats and lays his own Mr. Lif flavored lyrics over the top of them. In case you haven't got my point yet, Mr. Lif is top notch.

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