Wednesday, March 07, 2007
On the menu for today, Lyrics Born. A Japanese-born, San Francisco-raised hip-hop artist, who has worked with some of the premier acts out there, particularly those involved with Solesides and Quannum Projects (as well as DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, Dan the Automator, to name a few), Lyrics Born (aka Tom Shimura) has some amazing skills. With great beats, and a smooth, rhythmic flow that complements his somewhat raspy voice, his conversational and somewhat experimental style of rapping contains a great deal of complexity. I also have a great deal of respect for hip-hop artists who manage to avoid talking about guns, bitches, or the size of their cock(not that some of those aren't also good, it's just a nice change of pace.) One of the smarter MC's out there, LB is one of my favorite recent discoveries. He's also the only Japanese/Italian rapper that I know of. Additionally, LB is one half of the brilliant Latryx. This track is off of Same Shit Different Day, entitled "I Changed My Mind".