Born and raised in Boston, Lif broke out with his seminal Enters The Colossus EP and quickly established himself as one of the most ambitious and forward-thinking MCs in the game.
As the first artist to sign to the legendary Definitive Jux Recordings – a movement in both independent rap and independent music culture – Lif cemented his status with a string of critically acclaimed releases, including Emergency Rations, I Phantom, & the Perceptionists’ Black Dialogue project.
A 9-time Boston Music Award winner, Lif has been featured on MTV, Rolling Stone, SPIN, The NY Times, The Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly, and XXL, among others.
In 2011, Lif joined legendary world music group Thievery Corporation as a vocalist and member of the band’s live performance troupe. His song “Culture of Fear” became the title track of their 6th studio album.
Lif has toured over 20 countries as a soloist, and has collaborated with a slate of critically acclaimed musicians including Aesop Rock, Cut Chemist, The Polish Ambassador, Galactic, Chali 2na, Jedi Mind Tricks, El-P, DJ Q-Bert, Del the Funkee Homosapien, Murs, and DJ Krush.
Today, if Lif is not in the studio tracking vocals or building beats on Maschine, he is on stages worldwide bringing his musical experience directly to the people.
- Video for “The Sun” featured on MTV.com
- The Boston Globe reviewed Lif’s album I Heard It Today, saying “No one spins rhymes with such texture and complexity”
- After meeting their fund raising goal Mr. Lif is set to start working on new collaboration with the Brass Menazeri
- Featured on Thievery Corporations most recent album, Culture of Fear