Lyrics Born

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“Far-reaching flows over throwback electro soul, or street-wise synth-pop for the 20-10… whatever labels you need to apply to it – at day’s end, it’s just good fucking music.”  Okayplayer

“…if Lyrics Born has one defining strength it’s his ability to get structurally and rhythmically adventurous in his flow while still remaining perfectly simple to follow linguistically.” – Pitchfork

“God bless Lyrics Born.” – PopMatters

The Second Album is life-affirming, with a force few artists in any genre can match.”NPR

The first words of Lyrics Born‘s eighth album speak volumes about where the legendary MC stands these days: “Real people do real things. Yes we do.” The Bay Area resident born Tom Shimura has stood at the peak of high-minded underground rap, explored the far reaches of interstellar synth-hop, and blazed trails galore both solo and as half of Latyrx. But as clap-along live funk of Real People‘s titular song fires up and that familiar, molasses-rich voice enters the fray, it’s clear LB’s feet are squarely on the ground with the rest of ours, scuffing up the concrete as they kick, stomp, shuffle, and dance to the unpredictable rhythms of grown-ass living.

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Premiered by SFWeekly, Lyrics Born Releases Real People Album Recorded Entirely in New Orleans
Prepping For the May 5 Release of His Real People Album, The Bay Area Veteran Releases Ode To Good Times With NOLA’s Galactic, Debuted by Relix
Recorded Entirely in New Orleans, Real People Explores the Depths of Human Connections and is Backed by Star-Studded Line-up
Lyrics Born Covers Gil Scott-Heron Classic, Citing America’s “Ugly Historical Legacy of Racial and Cultural Inequalities”
Acclaimed Rapper/Producer Lyrics Born Announces New Album, Releases Mixtape

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