I Heard It Today

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I Heard It Today
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Studio album by Mr. Lif
Released April 21, 2009 (2009-04-21)
Genre Hip hop
Length 39:25
Label Bloodbot Tactical Enterprises
Producer Batsauce, Edan, Cut Chemist, Ray Fernandes, Decaye, J-Zone, Therapy, Nik Jhatakia, Mr. Lif, Willie Evans Jr., Headnodic
Mr. Lif chronology
Mo' Mega
(2006)
I Heard It Today
(2009)
Don't Look Down
(2016)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 70/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic favorable[2]
The A.V. Club B-[3]
BBC favorable[4]
The Boston Globe favorable[5]
Exclaim! favorable[6]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork Media 5.3/10[8]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[9]
Spin favorable[10]
XLR8R 8.5/10[11]

I Heard It Today is the third studio album by American hip hop artist Mr. Lif.[12] It was released on Bloodbot Tactical Enterprises on April 21, 2009.[1] Written at "the dawn of the Obama administration", the album is "dedicated to capturing the pulse of a tumultuous era in the United States."[13]

Reception[edit]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, I Heard It Today received an average score of 70% based on 11 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[1]

Max Herman of XLR8R gave I Heard It Today an 8.5 out of 10 and noted that "taking a break from working with El-P actually benefits him, as the melodic beats crafted by producers like J-Zone, Edan, and Headnodic are the perfect pairing for Lif’s selfless lyricism."[11] Andrew Martin of PopMatters gave the album 6 stars out of 10, calling it "one of Lif’s most concise and well-rounded efforts."[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Welcome to the World" Batsauce 2:45
2. "What About Us?" Batsauce 2:59
3. "Breathe" (featuring Bahamadia) Batsauce 2:44
4. "Collapse the Walls" Edan, Cut Chemist 3:06
5. "Folklore" (featuring Dumbtron and Vinnie Paz) Batsauce 3:23
6. "Police Brutality (Scene)" Ray Fernandes, Decaye 0:46
7. "Gun Fight" (featuring Metro) J-Zone 3:15
8. "PNN 1" Therapy, Nik Jhatakia 1:11
9. "Hatred" Mr. Lif 3:22
10. "Homecoming (Scene)" Mr. Lif 0:23
11. "Head High" Therapy 4:27
12. "I Heard It Today" Willie Evans Jr. 3:38
13. "The Sun" Headnodic 3:40
14. "Dawn" Willie Evans Jr. 3:46

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "I Heard It Today by Mr. Lif". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ Rinaldi, Matt. "Mr. Lif - I Heard It Today". AllMusic. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ Martins, Chris (April 21, 2009). "Mr. Lif: I Heard It Today". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ Aaron, David (2009). "Mr. Lif - I Heard It Today - Review". BBC. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ Capobianco, Ken (April 20, 2009). "Mr. Lif, 'I Heard It Today'". The Boston Globe. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  6. ^ Jones, Kevin (July 23, 2009). "Mr. Lif - I Heard It Today". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  7. ^ Yates, Steve (April 19, 2009). "Urban review: Mr Lif, I Heard It Today". The Guardian. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  8. ^ Greene, Jayson (April 16, 2009). "Mr. Lif: I Heard It Today". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Martin, Andrew (May 3, 2009). "Mr. Lif: I Heard It Today". PopMatters. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  10. ^ Peisner, David (March 19, 2009). "Mr. Lif, 'I Heard It Today' (Bloodbot Tactical)". Spin. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Herman, Max (April 15, 2009). "Mr. Lif - I Heard It Today". XLR8R. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  12. ^ LeRoy, Dan (June 3, 2009). "Today Is the Day: Mr. Lif bounces back strong after life-threatening injuries". The Riverfront Times. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  13. ^ "I Heard It Today". Mr. Lif. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 

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