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Posted by: Dave on April 28, 2009 at 9:43 am

Mr. Lif I Heard It TodayLyrics: As usual, with his stoned alien flow, Mr. Lif tackles a host of political, social and economic issues ailing America and the rest of the world. He warns to remain skeptical of the government, despite Obama’s election, and addresses the corporate greed that has led to the global economic meltdown, rising unemployment, delayed retirement, lack of healthcare and more. He also takes some time to tackle racial profiling by the police and endorse weed smoking.
Sound: Ominous beats, synths and guitar riffs create a bleak mood throughout much of the album, but there’s also room for smooth, jazzy rhythms and hopeful, electronic/dance vibes.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “What About Us?”; “Breathe” featuring Bahamadia; “I Heard It Today”
Medium Rotation tracks: “Welcome to the World”
Recommended: Throughout the decade, Mr. Lif has made some of the sharpest, critical indictments of the Bush administration and the black experience in the U.S. On a few tracks—particularly the funkier ones, dealing with fresher topics—he captures the fire that’s made him one of the premier MCs of the ‘00s. But frequently, his lyrics feel tired, overbearing and uncreative. Plus, the dark tone of several tracks drags the middle of the album down into a messy muck.
Grade: B-

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