So far, I think it's safe to acknowledge that so-called "back packer rap" is making some major strides in 2006. Some of the best rap albums I have heard this year have come from indie-rap stalwarts Soul Position, People Under the Stars, Madlib and the late J Dilla. All of them are considered underground rap, or as producer Pete Rock would say, "Harriett Tubman" -- because they are so underground, they are beneath the underground railroad. Out of the so-called "mainstream rap" scene, only Ghostface Killa's Fishscale CD and T.I.'s King disc had me nodding my head uncontrollably within the past six months.
An ill lyricist I will be looking out for next week is Mr. Lif.
This Boston rhyme-spitter is set to drop his sophomore CD Mo' Mega on June 13. The disc is the follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut, I, Phantom. Early reviews on the disc have been good, so far.
Writer Jessica Dufresne of Allhiphop.com writes that Mo' Mega "combines just the right amounts of humor, political and social consciousness and sensitivity for your aural pleasure."
Editors at Insominac online magazine was so enamored by Mo' Mega, they said, "it is a must buy."
Bol C (aka Byron Crawford, the hip-hop blog baron) -- who is usually tough on indie rap artists -- gave Mo' Mega a marginal thumbs up.
It's no I Phantom, but it's still pretty good. El-P kills it on the production, and the one Edan did ["Murs Iz My Manager" featuring Murs] is really good, too. Most of this is a lot less explicitly political than you'd expect coming off of that last album he put out, but you don't really mind as much.
However, blogger The Wigfield Maniac
feels that Mr. Lif's Mo' Mega
is straight crap.
[Mo' Mega] is a damn mess and I probably won't pick it up. Aside from the sometimes spaced out, downright annoying beats and [Mr. Lif's] weak flow I just don't see myself dropping $14 on this [album].
Mr. Lif's Mo' Mega
CD is available for pre-orders right HERE
. You can also listen to DJ Big Wiz's mixtape
featuring songs from the disc. (Hat Tip
: 15 Minutes to Live -- a MP3 music blog)
And you can also buy and download the remix of Mr. Lif's "Brothaz" by producers Cassettes Won't Listen, right HERE.