Posts Tagged ‘bay area’

Lyrics Born Greatest Hits Tracklisting Revealed by The Source

February 2nd, 2016


Today The Source just released the official tracklisting to the new LB Greatest Hits album coming April 15th, 2016.

Titled, “Now Look What You’ve Done, Lyrics Born! Greatest Hits”, the album boasts 14 tracks plus 4 secret bonus tracks including the Adrian Younge remix of “I Changed My Mind”.

The Official Tracklisting is as follows:

01) I Changed My Mind [Stereo MCs Remix]
02) Lady Don’t Tek No [Latyrx – Lateef & Lyrics Born]
03) Callin’ Out
04) Bad Dreams
05) I’m Just Raw ft. Dan the Automator
06) Pack Up Remix ft. Evidence & KRS-One
07) Do That There [Young Einstein Hoo-Hoo Mix] ft. Cut Chemist
08) I Like It, I Love It
09) Differences ft. Joyo Velarde & B’Nai
10) Coulda Woulda Shoulda ft. Sam Sparro
11) Exclamation Point [Latyrx – Lateef & Lyrics Born] ft. Forrest Day
12) I Got It (What You Need) Galactic ft. Lyrics Born
13) Chest Wide Open ft. David Shaw of The Revivalists
14) Real People


September 10th, 2015


The latest video/single from the new album REAL PEOPLE has just premiered worldwide on
The track is “Chest Wide Open” and the video and single features David Shaw of The Revivalists on the hook.

Shot primarily in the Bay Area, CA with extra footage shot in New Orleans, LA “Chest Wide Open” was directed by Mark Austin Heim and produced by long-time Lyrics Born collaborators Maximum Flavor Media.

Along with the new video is a remix contest where fans are encouraged to send in their own mixes of the track. To enter you have to first subscribe to the Lyrics Born Mailing List and then submit your remix by October 1st, 2015 to
The top 5 remixes will be chosen by LB himself while the grand prize winner will be voted on by fans and that remix included on the next Lyrics Born Variety Show Mixtape.

Lyrics Born New Album REAL PEOPLE In Stores Now!

May 29th, 2015


What’s happenin’ my L-Beezies?!

LB here, and I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has bought my new album, REAL PEOPLE!!
The album dropped May 5th and the response has been more than I could have ever expected. Y’all are lovin’ this record and I love seeing your Instagram, Twitter & Facebook posts & photos of your personal copies.
We have some surprises still in store for you so make sure you keep up with me on social media and sign up for the Official Newsletter to keep up-to-date on all things LB as well as some exclusives you won’t find anywhere else!

In addition to the new album, as you can see, has a brand new layout – shout out to my dude Jonathan Remulla @ Supafrenz who has been designing all of my websites for years now. My man never ceases to bring it every time. Also want to shout out our new web admin and the dude who implemented Remulla’s design in to a working website: Rich Brown @ Edda Design.
It’s always been important to me to have a solid team and these two definitely got my back!

In addition to the new website we’ve also revamped the Lyrics Born Variety Store and are now offering physical items as well as digital. So head over and pick up a CD, T-Shirt, record or digital download. We’ll be adding more products all the time so make sure you check in often….

REAL PEOPLE is just the beginning of this next chapter in my career and with the launch of my own label, Mobile Home Recordings, I can’t wait to show y’all everything we got comin’ down the pike. It’s going to be awesome!

If you haven’t yet, make sure you pick up your copy of REAL PEOPLE at your local record store or online.

I love y’all!
See you on the road….


New Track from REAL PEOPLE ‘Rock-Rock-Away’ Premiere on Relix

April 7th, 2015

Hey there L-Beezies!
Relix Magazine just premiered a brand new song off the forthcoming ‘REAL PEOPLE’ album. The track is called “Rock-Rock-Away” and features none other than Galactic!


Check out the track over at Relix and make sure you pre-order the album here.

LYRICS BORN + THE COUP at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz 4/24/14

April 17th, 2014

What’s up L-Beezies?!
Things have been crazy here at LB HQ as we finish up the Latyrx campaign and move right in to new music from Lyrics Born!
We have big news coming in the months ahead, so make sure to keep checking in with us – and in the meantime, if you’re in the area (or feel like making a roadtrip) Lyrics Born is performing next Thursday, April 24th at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz, CA.

If that wasn’t enough, co-headlining this event is none-other-than THE COUP!!
With special guests including DJ Zeph, Joyo Velarde & Thomas McCree, this show is set to go off.

Get your tickets here:

LYRICS BORN & THE COUP live and direct to you!
Don’t miss it!


Also catch Lyrics Born & Latyrx at the following shows coming up:

5/02 – Lost on Main – Chico CA (LB)
5/03 – Boomer’s – Laytonville CA (LB)
6/05 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago IL (LB)
6/06 – The Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids MI (LB)
6/07 – Marquette Waterfront Festival – Madison WI (LB)
6/26 – The Howard Theater – Washington DC (w/ special guest Fort Knox Five) (Latyrx)
6/27 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn NY (w/ special guest Fort Knox Five) (Latyrx)
6/28 – Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge MA (Latyrx)
6/29 – Stage One – Fairfield CT (Latyrx)
7/01 – Montreal Jazz Festival – Montreal QC (Latyrx)
7/19 – Starbelly Jam – Crawford Bay BC (Latyrx)
8/01 – Arise Music Festival – Loveland CO (Lyrics Born appearing with Galactic)

more dates tba soon


August 28th, 2013


We’re very excited to announce Latyrx @ Hiero Day 2013! A day to celebrate Hieroglyphics and Independent Music Everywhere!

Hiero Day 2013 – September 2, 2013

Linden Street Brewery
95 Linden Street
Suite 7/8 (at W Embarcadero)
Oakland, CA 94607

‘Make It Funky’ – Lyrics Born at the San Jose Jazz Fest

August 5th, 2013


This Friday LB will be performing at the San Jose Jazz Festival in San Jose, CA. What makes this performance more unique than most is that he will be performing his infamous CONTINUUM set, a Tribute to James Brown.
Backing LB will be a full band consisting of Bay Area musicians such as Uriah Duffy and members of both the Jazz Mafia Collective and Skins & Needles. Also joining him on stage, of course, is the lovely Joyo Velarde – LB’s wife and consistent collaborator.

This special performance was most recently talked about in an interview LB did for the San Jose Metro Newspaper.
The interview touches on a variety of topics ranging from Latyrx and Quannum to how jazz and funk are the core of Rap and Hip-Hop.

Check out an excerpt here:

“My perspective on jazz and funk, especially from a hip-hop background, is that it’s the musicianship, plain and simple,” he says, relating his own output to his performance August 9 at the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest. “All I listened to when I was younger was music that was sampled and programmed. When I started to dig deeper and actually listen to what was being sampled, the jazz and funk aspects, of course, stand out. There is a concept of togetherness, cooperation, exploration and defiance. There’s also a rebelliousness to both.”

Read the entire article here:

Don’t miss LB performing this month at the following shows:

08/09 – San Jose Jazz Fest – San Jose, CA
08/17 – Two Acre Shaker – Pemberton, BC
08/24 – Eugene Celebration – Eugene, OR


YES, BAY AREA Hits Digital Shelves at iTunes & Amazon

April 2nd, 2013


Last year Lyrics Born released his first ever book, ‘YES, BAY AREA’ — a collection of Tweets from LB’s own personal observations and commentary on the San Francisco Bay Area.
Humorous, insightful, political and all too familiar for those who know the Bay Area, ‘YES, BAY AREA’ is the must-have coffee table book for the ‘slasher’ generation.

Currently available physically in select book stores around the Bay Area, we are very excited to announce that it is now available digitally at iTunes & Amazon!
A perfect addition to your iPhone, iPad or Kindle reader, ‘YES, BAY AREA’ will having you laughing and nodding your head in recognition of the quirky and unique traits of the people, places and instances that could only happen in The Bay.

Including original artwork by the Bay Area’s own, Eddie Colla & Jason Malig, ‘YES, BAY AREA’ is Bay Area from cover to cover. Get your copy today!

“We’ve got much more than 140 characters in the Bay… but 140 is all LB needs to rock these compulsively-readable, hilarious, and incisive mini-portraits. If you live here, you’ll be nodding your head in recognition… and if you don’t, well, you’re f*cking up. But at least now you’ve got a field guide.”
– Adam Mansbach
Author of the #1 New York Times bestseller ‘Go the F**k to Sleep’

“Hapa dude from Berkeley with Italian hair, Cajun accent, and intergalactic mic skills capturing the funniest observations on the quirks of the 510, 415, 408, 650, and 707 since Richard Pryor stalked these same streets? Yes, world. You’ve come to the right book.”
– Jeff Chang
Award winning author of ‘Can’t Stop Won’t Stop’ and ‘Total Chaos: The Art & Aesthetics of Hip-Hop’




March 11th, 2013

Recently LB stopped in to the KQED Studios to talk about his song, “The Bay” off of the album ‘SAME !@#$ DIFFERENT DAY’ for The California Report.

The San Francisco Bay Area has inspired more than its share of music, from Otis Redding’s “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” to Tony Bennett, who left his heart in San Francisco, and “Lights” by Journey, to name just three. Add to that Berkeley-based rapper Tom Shimura — aka Lyrics Born — who regularly tweets and writes about life in the Bay Area. As part of our “California Songs” series, he talks with us about the inspiration for his song, “The Bay.”


February 20th, 2013



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Long standing Bay Area hip-hop duo Latyrx (emcees Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truthspeaker) are releasing the first music video off their recent EP for the track “Gorgeous Spirits” (produced by The Bangerz). Directed by long-time collaborators, Maximum Flavor Media, the video features the two MCs being pursued by G-Men. “It’s Matrix-esque,” notes Lyrics Born of the concept behind the video. “We’re running from agents who are after the “Gorgeous Spirits,” adds Lateef.

No doubt, 2013 is going to be a busy year for the long-heralded underground innovators. Just a few months after releasing their EP Disconnection, the hip-hop group are hitting the road with New Orleans funk Jazz jam band Galactic on their Freeze Out Tour, this week, where Latyrx will open eleven shows on the tour and will headline the two Idaho dates (Feb 20 & 21).

In the meantime, Latyrx have been in the studio putting the finishing touches on their very long-awaited second LP, The Second Album. Guests on the Fall 2013 album include DJ Shadow, Kool A.D. of Das Racist, Blackalicious, Merrill Garbus of Tune Yards, Chris Funk of The Decemberists, Spank Rock, among others.

Based in the Bay Area, Latyrx consist of the gruff and bassy Lyrics Born and the other higher-pitched and trebly Lateef the Truthspeaker. Their first and thusfar, only, full-length, 1997’s Latyrx: the Album, “set the tone for what Solesides and Quannum would do,” LB recalls, while 1998’s Muzappers Re-Mixes EP spawned one of the only feminist-affirming club bangers in hip-hop history, “Lady Don’t Tek No.”

Fifteen years after the release of Latyrx: the Album, LB and Lateef have finally answered the prayers of long-starved fans who have begged, pleaded and, by now, tweeted about the possibilities of a reunion. An impromptu Latyrx set at a 2010 Jazz Mafia concert at San Francisco’s Mezzanine led to an appearance at 2011’s Outside Lands festival, Google’s Summer Concert Series (they were the first hip-hop act to perform) and a last minute appearance as part of HITRECORD At The Movies — a unique film and music traveling showcase curated and hosted by actor and artist Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Most recently the duo performed at the Wintersalt Music Festival in San Francisco with plans for a full US Tour in support of the album later this year.

Disconnection is available now. The Second Album is due out Fall of 2013.



14-Feb Thu MO, St Louis The Pageant
15-Feb Fri KS, Lawrence Liberty Hall
17-Feb Sun CO, Denver Ogden Theatre
19-Feb Tue UT, Salt Lake City The Depot
20-Feb Wed – ID, Sun Valley (Headlining)
21-Feb Thu – ID, Boise The Reef (Headlining)
22-Feb Fri WA, Seattle Showbox
23-Feb Sat OR, Portland Crystal Ballroom
27-Feb Wed CA, Solana Beach Belly Up
28-Feb Thu CA, Los Angeles El Rey
1-Mar Fri CA, San Francisco – The Fillmore
2-Mar Sat CA, San Francisco – The Fillmore
3-Mar Sun CA, Santa Ana Yost Theater