Mr. Lif & Akrobatik (The Perceptionists)

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Mr. Lif & Akrobatik (The Perceptionists)

Ben Shorr, Yamin Semali, Dillon, BlkCubes

Fri · May 4, 2018

9:00 pm

Aisle 5

$12.00 - $15.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

The Perceptionists
The Perceptionists
Comprising rappers Akrobatik (born Jared Bridgeman) and Mr. Lif (Jeffrey Haynes) and initially including DJ Fakts One(Jason Goler), the Perceptionists are to the Boston, Massachusetts hip-hop scene as the Justice League of America are to superheroes: the best of the best marshaling their powers for the collective good. The fiercely political Mr. Lif, whose 2002 album, Emergency Rations, was one of the first hip-hop records to overtly question the abuse of civil liberties in post-9/11 America, meshes well with Akrobatik's equally intelligent, socially conscious vibe (as seen on his 2003 solo debut, Balance), and Fakts One's imaginative beats add sonic depth to the whole. Friends since their early days on the local scene, the trio first started working together on Fakts One's college radio show in the late '90s, formally adopting the name the Perceptionists in 2000. A 2004 mixtape called The Razor was the trio's underground bow, before their official debut, Black Dialogue, was released by Definitive Jux in early 2005. Featuring the singles "Memorial Day" and "What Have We Got to Lose?" (which imaginatively sampled Joy Division's "She's Lost Control"), Black Dialogue also featured guest spots by Guru and Digital Underground's Shock-G. After the album's release, the group members went their separate ways. In 2017, Akrobatikand Mr. Lif put aside their differences and revived the Perceptionists. Their reunion album, Resolution, was released by Mello Music Group and the group is now on tour in support of the album.
Yamin Semali
Yamin Semali
Yamin Semali, a hip-hop producer/emcee out of East Point, GA, is what you’d call an “under the radar” underrated artist, which is why you may never have heard his name but likely heard his music. His named influences include Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Fela Kuti, Isaac Hayes, Barry White, J Dilla, and Pete Rock.

After a broken knee refocused the ambitions of the budding basketball star in high school, Semali found himself working promo for RED (Relativity Entertainment Distribution) where he would often drop off records to DJs in nightclubs and strip clubs at the young age of sixteen. It was here that the impressionable Semali was introduced to artists who piqued his curiosity about pursuing a career in music.

Semali credits his DJ/production training to friend Jesse ‘X-Ro’ Pinkney of The Vinyl Junkies crew. Semali would later land himself a spot with Rhythm and Vibes on WRAS in college but left school in 2006 to pursue music full-time on the West Coast. After spending time in L.A. around accomplished producers and emcees who respected his artistry, Semali’s confidence in his career choices was at an all-time high.

He has collaborated with a range of artists, including Count Bass D, Blu, Kurupt, J-Live, Vaste Aire of Cannibal Ox, Cunninlynguists and more. In 2003, along with fellow emcee DT of psych-rock/rap collective The Difference Machine, Semali formed Clan Destined, of which he also serves as lead producer. Best known by their stage names DT and AmDex, the duo both originally hail from North Carolina but met in college in Atlanta in 2002. Clan Destined had a number one single on the Rap Attack/Rap Network charts with “Plan B” in 2007 and were chosen to be included in “The Rawkus 50” campaign. In 2010, they put out their first mixtape A Story Never Told: F#S% a Mixtape and were voted “Best Atlanta-based Hip-Hop Group” by WRFG’s The Beatz and Lyrics Show. Their third studio album Self Titled, which dropped in January of 2011, received 5 out of 5 stars in Creative Loafing the week after its release. The following year, they were awarded Georgia’s Best Hip-Hop Group at the Georgia Music Awards. The duo has shared stages with RJD2, the GZA, M.O.P., Del tha Funkee Homosapien, KRS-One, and People Under The Stairs, among others.

In 2013, Semali released YAMIN, on which he handled most of the composition and production. The title track from the album serves as a reminder to be “who you are despite what the world can do to you.” He also worked with producer Illastrate to form Monday/Friday and released a self-titled album, which gained Semali a spot on allhiphop.com’s Top 25 indie artist list. He has gone on to be included in the same list for 2016, as presented by The Wake Up Show.

As a solo artist, Semali focuses more of his energy on bringing out his soulful side and fusing his hip-hop background with a modern focus on what’s fresh the music industry today. In 2016, he successfully completed a 21-city tour and joined the Scratch Academy Atlanta team as a DJ and production instructor. Semali also released a remix album for Monday/Friday.

With a career spanning more than a decade, Semali shows no signs of stopping. Keep your eyes and ears open. You’ll no doubt be hearing more from him very soon.
Dillon
Dillon
American rapper, producer, DJ & chef based out of Atlanta, GA via Duval County, FL via Ann Arbor, MI. Also a noted lobster enthusiast. Plus a owner/partner in FULL PLATE.
Venue Information:
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1123 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA, 30307
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