Back when Definitive Jux was the biggest name in underground rap and Columbus cat RJD2 had the biggest album on Def Jux, the label's loudest political voice was an Ivy League dropout by the name of Mr. Lif.

Lif's Emergency Rations EP and full-length I, Phantom were some of 2002's definitive releases for heads who used their heads.

His 2006 follow-up Mo' Mega yielded half the hype of his debut, and by this year he was off Def Jux, dropping I Heard It Today on his own Bloodbot Tactical Enterprises.

As usual, the new Lif tracks tackle recent headlines. The title track is a super-serious analysis of the mortgage crisis.