Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts Lif brokeout with his Enters The Colossus EP (Def Jux 2000), establishing him as one of the most ambitious and forward-thinking MCs in the game. He further cemented this status with a string of acclaimed releases including the “Emergency Rations” (EP), “I Phantom” (LP), & Perceptionists project with Akrobatik.
Tired of clichés, a culture in crisis, and a floundering economy, Lif stands apart as a new breed of MC appealing to listeners tired of hearing about the trivialities of hyper-consumerism and egomania that have infested hip hop culture and society. Based on the strength of his releases and relentless live show, Lif has been featured by MTV, Rolling Stone, SPIN, The NY Times, Entertainment Weekly, and XXL among others.
FACTS ABOUT MR. LIF
-Mr. Lif is a 9 time Boston Music Awards Winner
-Mr. Lif was the first artist signed to Definitive Jux Recordings and was a flagship member of what became a legendary movement in both independent rap and independent music culture.
-Mr. Lif has recorded tracks with: Thievery Corporation, DJ Krush, Galactic, Lotus, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Aesop Rock, Cut Chemist, El-P, Murs, Del the Funkee Homosapien, and more
-As a soloist, Mr. Lif has played the following festivals: Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Roskilde (Denmark), All Tomorrow’s Parties (UK), Big Day Out (Australia), Pitchfork Music Festival, Coachella, Bonnaroo, SXSW, Camp Bisco, and more
-Mr. Lif is active on the tour circuit yearly and has toured the following countries as a soloist: North America, Japan, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic, Greece, France, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Belgium, Estonia, Hungary, Australia, New Zealand, & Iceland
-In addition to his solo career, Mr. Lif also tours with Thievery Corporation as a part of their live performance troupe and played the following locations in 2012: Santiago, Chile (Lollapalooza), Alajuela, Costa Rica (Imperial Festival), Sao Paulo, Brazil (Lollapalooza), Rio De Janeiro, Bogota, Columbia, Ibiza, Spain (at Space), Heraklion, Crete, Kastoria City, Greece (River Party Festival), Portugal (Sudoeste Festival), Croatia (Terraneo Festival), Colorado (Red Rocks), Michigan (Electric Forest), Austin, Texas (Austin City Limits)
KILLA KELA is arguably one of the worlds most talented and forward thinking Multivocalists. From song writing to producing, sound tracks to sound effects, KK is at the forefront of the beatbox culture.
He has just finished recording his brand new album ‘AMPLIFIED’ set for release in August 2009. Keep up to date with all the latest music, news, videos and blogs at www.killakela.com or www.myspace.com/killakela
collaborations on stage & in the studio include – Switch & Major Lazer, DIOY?Y?, Tinie Tempah, Snoop Dogg, Sami Delux, Dj Craze, Plan B, Bassment Jaxx, Swollen Members, Hadouken, Super Furry Animals, Faith SFX, N*E*R*D, Wiley, JackBeats, Alan Braxe, Rahzel, Trip, Shy FX, Dizzee Raskal, Prince, Nikka Costa, Clipz, Athlete, Martin Rushent, Jay Sean, Travis Barker & Dj AM (RIP), Justin Timberlake, Scratch Perverts, Bashy, TTC, Justin Timberlake, Leathel Bizzle, Dj Vadim, Eklips, Dwele, The Cool Kids, FrankMusic, Neneh Cherry, Root Manuva, J-Live, Supernatural, The Gorillaz Soundsystem, Jakwob, to name a few…