I gotta run so I’ll be quick. The local Massachusetts rap and hip hop community wouldn’t be what it is if it wasn’t for The Perceptionists which consists of Mr. Lif, Akrobatik, and DJ Fakts One! A lot of yall youngins that are new to the game and only know of Moufy and Cousin Stizz can learn a little about your history and check out this mini documentary. Despite having been around both of these brothers at least twice over the past 7 or 8 years, I don’t think I ever actually asked, “what happened to The Perceptionist”? So we have some answers in this little video. And after you’re done watching this you should spend some time and watch the Welcome To Beantown series if you’re interested in learning more about the scene as a whole. Respect to these brothers for still going so strong. I’m looking forward to hearing what they come up!
“Perceptionists are to the Boston, MA, hip-hop scene as the Justice League of America are to superheroes: the best of the best marshaling their powers for the collective good.” -Billboard
directed by Malcolm Critcher / DP Symeon Platts
archival footage Scott Limanek
12 years ago, Mr. Lif & Akrobatik’s group The Perceptionists were set to release their debut album on the now legendary label Def Jux. The Boston trio (which included DJ Fakts One at the time) had dropped the single “Memorial Day” outlining the politics of the day that were not so dissimilar to today’s climate. Their debut album “Black Dialogue” hit and earned acclaim across the board from XLR8R to Entertainment Weekly, and landed in the Top 50 on Billboard’s Heatseeker’s Charts.
From those expectant beginnings, The Perceptionists launched their commercial career. But just before the first tour DJ Fakts One left the group to focus on family. Lif & Ak went out on the road performing at Paid Dues alongside their peers Murs, and Atmosphere. The record had its moment in the sun, and then the business of music quickly pushed Lif back into his solo artist position to prepare for a follow up album. Akrobatik signed a solo deal with Fatbeats.
After a near fatal tour bus crash (38 feet off an embankment) and “I Heard It Today,” Mr. Lif took some time off from his solo career and ended up joining the DC super group Thievery Corporation in 2009 (Lif is still a part of the Thievery Corporation team). Akrobatik was suddenly hit with emergency surgery that required an aortic dissection to save his life.
This is the official mini-documentary of Mr. Lif & Akrobatik (The Perceptionists).