Longtime champion of the underground scene, Mr. Lif, returns to Boston for a performance this Friday. He's released a string of LPs and EPs on the now defunct but landmark independent label Definitive Jux, and toured internationally as a part of the short-lived group, The Perceptionists. Although he's been more active as of late, Lif is easily one of the more enigmatic acts in hip-hop, so when you have an opportunity to see him live, you take it.

He'll be supported by impressive local indie acts Moe Pope and duo Black EL & Durkin. Moe Pope won this year's Best Hip-Hop Act honors from the Boston Phoenix, and has performed at the best venues the city has to offer. The rapper-and-DJ/producer outfit Black El & Durkin has a slightly different grind than the headliners, taking a more viral/digital route, releasing a series of free singles, remixes and an album all posted by popular rap blogs.

Mr. Lif, Moe Pope, Black EL & Durkin
Friday, June 24
8:00 p.m. (doors), 9:00 p.m. (show)
Church
69 Kilmarnock St., Boston, Mass. 
Tickets $12