Watch Mr. Lif & Akrobatik’s Tiny Desk Concert [Video]

Mr. Lif and Akrobatik are two emcees whose names rock bells among true hip-hop heads. The duo of Boston natives first teamed up as The Perceptionists in the early aughts to release Black Dialogue on El-P’s Def Jux label in 2005. Their side project went into indefinite hiatus soon afterward, but now Lif and Akrobatik are reunited on their new LP, Resolution. While Lif has been touring and writing with downtempo icons Thievery Corporation for the greater part of the last seven years, Akrobatik’s last solo album (2014’s Built To Last) rightfully received a warm reception from critics and connoisseurs. Their conscious ethos is perfectly encapsulated by Ak’s lyrical run on “A Different Light,” where he raps: “But I’m above all of the melodrama / When they go low / We go high / Michelle Obama.” The song tells the story of Ak’s near-death experience with a pernicious aortic dissection, as well as the betrayal of a close friend during his convalescence. Akrobatik took the high road, and that ironclad stoicism lights the path for this crew. On the same track, Lif laments love lost while rhyming his way to healing catharsis following an unmanageable heartbreak. With sharp, heartfelt lyricism, The Perceptionists critique the current political climate on “Out Of Control” and rhyme about the symbiotic human relationship with technology on “Lemme Find Out.” In a world that often appears to be spiraling out of control, their Tiny Desk set provides a much-needed breather.

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The Perceptionists (Mr. Lif & Akrobatik) – Resolution [Album Stream]

Mr. Lif and Akrobatik return with their new joint LP, “Resolution”. The first full-length from Mr. Lif & Akrobatik (The Perceptionists) in a dozen years reflects the struggles and near-death sagas that struck them. During that span, Lif miraculously survived his tour bus plummeting over a 38 foot cliff. Akrobatik weathered a sudden aortic rupture and emergency open-heart surgery. The impact of those experiences forced the former Def Jux duo to contemplate fate, luck, and their own place within a world spinning out of control. Stream the 11-track offering below and make sure to pick up a copy on Bandcamp.

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TrackBlasters Radio: 19.07.17

Da Wednesday Underground Flava – Underground & Old School Tunes Non-Stop Host: DJ P.R. Today’s show includes new bangers from the likes of Masta Killa, Stalley, The Perceptionists, Sean Price, The Doppelgangaz, Chuuwee and many more. Press play and enjoy! Record Of The Day: Sean Price – Imperius Rex Playlist Masta Killa feat. Boy Backs & Moe Roc – OGs Told Me Stalley – Soul Searching The Perceptionists (Mr. Lif & Akrobatik) – Dirty Drumz **Record Of The Day** Sean Price – Imperius Rex Apollo Brown & Planet Asia feat. Willie The Kid – Dalai Lama Slang Jay-Z – The Story Of O.J. Kendrick Lamar – ELEMENT. Snoop Dogg – I’m Still Here Statik Selektah feat. 2 Chainz & Wiz Khalifa – Man Of The Hour Joey Bada$$ – 500 Benz Joey Bada$$ – Too Lit The Doppelgangaz feat. Thonio – Pride’s Cloak Chuuwee – Perception AG Da Coroner & Doza The Drum Dealer – Gemini Problems Jay-Z – Legacy Terrace Martin & The Pollyseeds – Believe Sol’e feat. Santé & Pabzzz – Where’s The Sunshine Download here (right click and save as…)

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The Perceptionists (Mr. Lif & Akrobatik) – Dirty Drumz [Audio x Download]

“Dirty Drumz” will appear on “Resolution”, the upcoming collabo LP from Mr. Lif and Akrobatik aka The Perceptionists. The first full-length from Mr. Lif & Akrobatik (The Perceptionists) in a dozen years reflects the struggles and near-death sagas that struck them. During that span, Lif miraculously survived his tour bus plummeting over a 38 foot cliff. Akrobatik weathered a sudden aortic rupture and emergency open-heart surgery. The impact of those experiences forced the former Def Jux duo to contemplate fate, luck, and their own place within a world spinning out of control. Press play on “Dirty Drumz” below and pre-order the album here. Resolution by Mr. Lif & Akrobatik (The Perceptionists)

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The Perceptionists (Mr. Lif & Akrobatik) – Grab Hold [Audio x Download]

Produced by Paten Locke, the song, “Grab Hold,” is a look into the personal lives of The Perceptionists and reveal the tragedies that lead to the team reuniting. Mr. Lif talks about his near death experience crashing in a tour bus and how that made him re-evaluate his life. Akrobatik’s experiences with heart surgery similarly affected his perspective. As they wrestle with their own fates, the duo have learned that you can’t “grab hold of what you can’t control.” Resolution by Mr. Lif & Akrobatik (The Perceptionists) Mr. Lif and Akrobatik’s “Resolution” album drops July 28th. Pre-order your copy here.

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Mr Lif & Akrobatik – The Perceptionists (Performance Vignette) [Video]

The Return… July 28th Boston’s best return with an all new album “Resolution” produced by Willie Evans Jr., Synesthetic Nation, Chop, ZMY DaBeat, Paten Locke, pAS dOO, Theory Hazit, Mr. Lif, and 8-BZA. The Perceptionists (Mr. Lif & Akrobatik) are two of the greatest live emcees the game has ever seen and their return marks a big moment for Hiphop fans everywhere.

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The Perceptionists (Mr. Lif & Akrobatik) feat. Syne – Hose Down [Audio]

The group that Public Enemy’s Chuck D compared to “Miles and Coltrane” is back after a twelve year hiatus. Critically acclaimed rappers Mr. Lif & Akrobatik (The Perceptionists) are back with their new album Resolution, debuted at Stereogum. Accompanying the news is their first single, the energetic and insightful “Hose Down (feat. Syne).” The song juxtaposes the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s with today’s cultural climate. What made The Perceptionists stand out from the crowd of hiphop acts was not only their take on society and politics, but their bond and teamwork as human beings. After debuting at #41 on the Billboard charts, Mr. Lif & Akrobatik eventually went on to pursue their solo careers. Now, after all this time, they have come back together to make something incredible. Drawing on two different near death experiences, the new album reflects life’s ephemeral nature. Entitled “Resolution,” the album is a spiritual and psychological reconciliation. Resolution by Mr. Lif & Akrobatik (The Perceptionists)

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Mr. Lif & Akrobatik are The Perceptionists (Official Mini-Documentary) [Video]

12 years ago, Mr. Lif & Akrobatik’s group The Perceptionists were set to release their debut album on the now legendary label Def Jux. The Boston trio (which included DJ Fakts One at the time) had dropped the single “Memorial Day” outlining the politics of the day that were not so dissimilar to today’s climate. Their debut album “Black Dialogue” hit and earned acclaim across the board from XLR8R to Entertainment Weekly, and landed in the Top 50 on Billboard’s Heatseeker’s Charts. From those expectant beginnings, The Perceptionists launched their commercial career. But just before the first tour DJ Fakts One left the group to focus on family. Lif & Ak went out on the road performing at Paid Dues alongside their peers Murs, and Atmosphere. The record had its moment in the sun, and then the business of music quickly pushed Lif back into his solo artist position to prepare for a follow up album. Akrobatik signed a solo deal with Fatbeats. After a near fatal tour bus crash (38 feet off an embankment) and “I Heard It Today,” Mr. Lif took some time off from his solo career and ended up joining the DC super group Thievery Corporation in 2009 (Lif is still a part of the Thievery Corporation team). Akrobatik was suddenly hit with emergency surgery that required an aortic dissection to save his life. This is the official mini-documentary of Mr. Lif & Akrobatik (The Perceptionists).

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L’Orange & Mr. Lif – The Gentle End [Video]

Alone in the evening, in public spaces, the mind wanders. Twilight dreams flicker through the mind’s eye and overlap our quotidian commutes. Director Jon Webb’s dance of light plays seamlessly over Nashville based producer L’Orange’s subdued spaghetti western whistling, dry-drum driven soundscape. The lead-laced, pumice toned voice of veteran vocalist Mr. Lif ambles deftly through the track like the lone survivor of a world well over the excitement of an end that has long since passed. The final video from the duo’s recent album “The Life & Death of Scenery” (Mello Music Group & Adult Swim) brings color and lighting choices that call to mind something Gasper Noe might have shot if on location in LA. The otherworldly feel is highlighted by actress Xinyi Zhu who dreams with eyes open while lost somewhere in time wearing a dookie gold chain, thin rimmed full moon spectacles, and high hipped denim shorts. The video is a magical ode to the quiet escapism headphones offer.

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