Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Free Music: Mr. Lif - I Phantom

Seeing as we love free music here at If It's Too Loud..., I was thrilled to see that one of my favorite early 2000s hip hop albums is being offered at a "Name Your Own Price" option. Released in 2002, Mr. Lif's I Phantom blew me away. I was raised on a ton of rap in my formative high school years, but by my post college years, there was fewer and fewer hip hop albums I could stand, much less love. By then, most hip hop was "sampling" a pop song from the 80s in it's entirety, even keeping the chorus, and rapping about having money. Nothing seemed to mean anything anymore. Then came Mr. Lif's debut album. Mostly produced by El-P, it was very sparse and actually about something. You can download the entire album on his Bandcamp page, which actually includes descriptions of each song. If you loved hip hop before Puff Daddy,you'll want to check this out. You can also check out his official website for the rest of his newer material, including Terra Bella, his great new project with Ayla Nereo and The Polish Ambassador. 

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