The Perceptionists

The Perceptionists

Mr. Lif, Akrobatik, Ben Shorr, ialive

Fri, April 27, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm (event ends at 10:00 pm)

$15.00 - $18.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

The Perceptionists
The Perceptionists
Comprising rappers Akrobatik (born Jared Bridgeman) and Mr. Lif (Jeffrey Haynes) and initially including DJ Fakts One(Jason Goler), the Perceptionists are to the Boston, Massachusetts hip-hop scene as the Justice League of America are to superheroes: the best of the best marshaling their powers for the collective good. The fiercely political Mr. Lif, whose 2002 album, Emergency Rations, was one of the first hip-hop records to overtly question the abuse of civil liberties in post-9/11 America, meshes well with Akrobatik's equally intelligent, socially conscious vibe (as seen on his 2003 solo debut, Balance), and Fakts One's imaginative beats add sonic depth to the whole. Friends since their early days on the local scene, the trio first started working together on Fakts One's college radio show in the late '90s, formally adopting the name the Perceptionists in 2000. A 2004 mixtape called The Razor was the trio's underground bow, before their official debut, Black Dialogue, was released by Definitive Jux in early 2005. Featuring the singles "Memorial Day" and "What Have We Got to Lose?" (which imaginatively sampled Joy Division's "She's Lost Control"), Black Dialogue also featured guest spots by Guru and Digital Underground's Shock-G. After the album's release, the group members went their separate ways. In 2017, Akrobatikand Mr. Lif put aside their differences and revived the Perceptionists. Their reunion album, Resolution, was released by Mello Music Group and the group is now on tour in support of the album.
Mr. Lif
Mr. Lif
Born: 1977, Boston, Massachusetts, to parents of Bajan descent.

"Mr. Lif has become perhaps the most touted lyricist in Boston Hip-Hop history" (Boston Phoenix 12/1/00). Since his 1997 debut on Brick Records Rebel Alliance LP, Mr. Lif has released numerous singles, an EP and a live album to international critical acclaim. 1998's "Elektro," and 1999's "Triangular Warfare," which featured B-side production from underground kingpin El-P (then of Company Flow), introduced the world to Lif's infectious delivery and distinct voice. In the Fall of 1999 Lif hooked up with the Beastie Boy's Grand Royal Records for the release of his third single "Farmhand" as part of the 12" series Blow up Factor. The year 2000 marked the release of Lif's first EP Enters the Colossus on Definitive Jux Records, prefaced by the lead single "Front on This." This past year, Mr. Lif did what few hip-hop artists have ever tried to do, he released a live album. Live at the Middle East brings to life Mr. Lif's incredible energy and ability, as he performs all the classics, plus introduced three new songs to the masses.

Four-time Boston Music Awards winner, Mr. Lif has toured the world, performing alongside the very best in Hip-Hop and beyond, including; Eminem, The Roots, Company Flow, Busta Rymes, Burning Spear, Souls of Mischief, Cannibal Ox, KRS-One, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, Roni Size Reprazent, Tortoise, Zap Mama and many, many more.

As a lyricist, Mr. Lif offers Hip-Hop through the eyes of an intelligent man who is passionate about his art form. He commands the attention of his peers and seeks to inspire them to search for Knowledge of Self. Within one song, he may launch an attack on the American educational system while delivering an onslaught of battle rhymes that will make Hip Hop fans reminiscent of park jams back in '88. Mr. Lif uses a powerful command of vocabulary to create vast and precise images. Listeners receive an intense lyrical package that contains highly visual content delivered via polyrhythmic flows, a voice full of character and authority, as well as a compelling sincerity that will blow your mind.
Akrobatik
Akrobatik
Boston rapper Akrobatik (born Jared Bridgeman) released his first single, Ruff Enough, in 1998. Independent New York label Rawkus released his second single, Internet MCs, but it was his next release, Say Yes Say Word, that achieved anthem status and solidified Akrobatik’s reputation as a talented MC. A frequent partner in rhyme with fellow Bostonian Mr. Lif, Akrobatik appeared on both the Emergency Rations EP and Lif’s full-length, I Phantom, before dropping his own debut, Balance, in 2003. Together with Mr Lif and DJ Fakts One he has also formed a group, known as The Perceptionists. In 2005 they released their highly praised debut, Black Dialogue.
Ben Shorr
Ben Shorr
Ben Shorr is a life long emcee from Portland, Maine. He is known in New England mostly for his freestyling abilities and gritty style of rapping, using life experiences to capture raw perspectives and lyricism few can match. His debut album, Live & Direct, is a "must-listen" for any true Hip-Hop head, featuring incredible beat production and guest vocals from some of New Englands' finest.
ialive
ialive
Hammering a stake in the not-so-fertile soil that is the modern music industry has proved too much for many talented and enterprising lyricists and producers. On the rugged battlegrounds of Philadelphia, only the most cunning and determined can carry the day. Hailing from the North Philadelphia neighborhood of Olney, Donovan “ialive” Phillips is a dual threat in the hip-hop realm. While his influences range anywhere from the murky, left-leaning sounds of the Definitive Jux era to psychedelic rock and early 21st Century pop punk, he is, first and foremost, a proponent of True School boom-bap.
His hip-hop lineage lies in the concentric circles of Philly underground acts like Outerspace, Electric City and the Illvibe Collective, but ialive has carved out a signature production sound and microphone acumen. His first break came through forging a relationship with Bostonian/Def Jukie Mr. Lif, producing a remix for “Phantom” in 2011; a beat tape, Audio Art, followed later that year.
His debut album, The Age of Reason, dropped in late 2012, brimming with brooding beats and probing, insightful lyrics. Further introspection and social commentary can be heard on his sophomore release, Awake In The Snakehole (2015) with features from Mr. Lif and Onry Ozzborn of Grayskul.
ialive is an artist that went left at the crossroads, putting heart and pure spirit in his music alongside his addled observations and a disdain for the systems that drain us of our humanity.
Venue Information:
Kung Fu Necktie
1250 N Front Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122
http://kungfunecktie.com/

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