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The Perceptionists

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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, Akrobatik and Mr. Lif put aside their differences and revived the Perceptionists. Their reunion album, Resolution, was released by Mello Music Group. ~ Stewart Mason
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  3.   A Different Light featuring Akrobatik
  4.   Early Mourning featuring Akrobatik
  5.   Memorial Day
  6.   Dirty Drumz
  7.   Let's Move
  8.   Resolution
  9.   Hose Down featuring Akrobatik
  10.   Resolution featuring Akrobatik
  11.   Dirty Drumz featuring Akrobatik
  12.   Black Dialogue
  13.   Out of Control
  14.   Blo
  15.   Breathe in the Sun
  16.   Medical Aid
  17.   Free at Last featuring Akrobatik
  18.   Lemme Find Out featuring Akrobatik
  19.   Bait
  20.   When Push Comes to Shove featuring Akrobatik
  21.   Lemme Find Out
  22.   Party Hard featuring Camu Tao
  23.   People 4 Prez
  24.   Grab Hold featuring Akrobatik
  25.   Frame Rupture
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