Unflinching MC Mr. Lif isn’t one to disappoint with his ever-challenging hip-hop. But what makes I Heard It Today his best work yet is that the Philly-based artist has found a way to write from a more relatable position. Instead of focusing his energy on verbally lashing corrupt authority figures, he reaches out to the people, sharing their stories of hardship. On the standout “What About Us?,” Lif gives those who can barely afford bus fare a voice while not forgetting to stick it to smug CEOs. And 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.