Black History Month Celebration feat. The Perceptionists (Mr. Lif & Akrobatik)

Black History Month Celebration feat. The Perceptionists (Mr. Lif & Akrobatik)

Jarv, Mister Burns, Tableek, Delgado, Mister El-Are, Catalyst, DJ Rec

Sat · February 24, 2018

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$15 in advance - $20 day of show

The Perceptionists is a Boston-based hip hop group, featuring Mr. Lif and Akrobatik. 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, KRS-One, Mos Def and Talib Kweli. Akrobatik's release, Say Yes Say Word, achieved anthem status. A frequent partner with 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.

Performing with support by Jarv, Mister Burns, Tableek, Delgado, Mister El-Are, Catalyst, and DJ Rec.

Preceded by an art reception for Rodney Madison.

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.
Jarv
Mister Burns
Mister Burns has been hard at work since 2009 as member of Vermont's award winning Hip Hop crew The Lynguistic Civilians. A man of many hats, Mister Burns has contributed as the groups sole producer, manager and booking agent as well as Emcee and DJ. Growing up in Vermont with an immense understanding and appreciation for music has allowed him to maintain a humble approach connecting and networking with artists across the country. With the release of his first solo LP as well as various singles Mister Burns is gearing up for a big year.
Tableek
Delgado
Born just outside of Boston, Delgado and his family shortly relocated to Western Massachusetts. He began rapping under the name Sour D in the fall of 2010, and is currently working on his 3rd mixtape. With a blend of old-school style hip-hop, new school beats, and some R&B vocals, the young "Gadi" has it all.
Mister El-Are
Venue Information:
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main St
Greenfield, MA, 01301
https://www.hawksandreed.com/