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)
L’Orange is an American hip hop producer from North Carolina. After starting his career as a recording studio engineer he began releasing original hip hop in 2011. Among his early releases, Old Soul in 2011 was dedicated to Billie Holiday, while his November 2012 release The Mad Writer was described by L’Orange as “more of a fiction novella.” His 2013 collaborative album The City Under the City was his first LP on Mello Music Group, as well as his first album with an emcee. Prefix Magazine called the release “‘album of the year’ worthy.”
In April 2014 he released the album The Orchid Days, which features artists such as Blu. His 2015 album The Night Took Us In Like Family was a collaboration with rapper and producer Jeremiah Jae, with Jae rapping over L’Orange’s production in most tracks. Pitchfork Media gave it a positive score of 7.1, writing that “this is an aesthetic concept record… L’Orange builds a gilded stage from a clutter of film, soul, and synth samples, refurbishing the worn 9th Wonder/early-Kanye warped soul template.” L’Orange released an EP titled After the Flowers on February 24, 2015. His collaborative album with Kool Keith, titled Time? Astonishing!, was released on July 24, 2015 through Mello Music Group.