With the Perceptionists -- who just took home Best Boston Rap Act in our annual readers poll [hollerz] -- Mr. Lif proved he could rap about football as well as he raps about genocide. But football really isn’t his specialty, and he doesn’t pretend otherwise on his comeback album, Mo’ Mega, due out next month on Def Jux. His trademark sensibility — enlightened paranoia — is back in full force. What distinguishes Lif (“code name: Mayhem”) is the way he blends fantasy and sociology, dropping references to helicopters and flying saucers into a lyrical dissertation on how young black men are conditioned to internalize racist stereotypes. That funhouse/loony-bin xylophone tells you the world's gone crazy, and the authoritative young man in the glasses, the one with the microphone and the orange rhyming dictionary, well he might be next.
DOWNLOAD: Mr. Lif, "Brothaz" (mp3)
(Mr. Lif celebrates the release of Mo Mega with a show at the Middle East on June 27.)