Today we just released another video off of the album Real People. This one is for the title track and features a gang of cameos from a lot of my friends, fans and fam! My dude James Gunn is on there, my girl Merrill from tUnE-yArDs, the homie Sung Kang, my man Russell Peters, Adrian Younge, the Bay Area’s own Zion-I and DJ Cutso are on there, Galactic, Joey Guila, Evan Jackson Leong, Joyo Velarde and many more!
We had so many entries we couldn’t fit everyone in but I wanna personally thank all of you who sent us a clip for the video. It was a lot of fun to put together. The video concept was the brain child of none other than my better half, Joyo Velarde who co-directed the video along with my man Justin Berger of HKL Films.
The video just dropped on URB.com so make sure you check it right now by clicking on the image below:
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.
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)
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.”
It is official, and we are very excited to announce the debut book from Lyrics Born; “Yes, Bay Area”.
“Yes, Bay Area” is a collection of Tweets that have been compiled from over the past 2 years and features LB’s funny and insightful musings on the San Francisco Bay Area’s rich and diverse culture.
Prompted by the suggestions of hundreds of fans on Twitter and Facebook, “Yes, Bay Area” is the first of its kind for LB and sees the veteran MC, Producer and Voiceover artist once again stepping into new territory and breaking new ground in a career constantly expanded by his bold and out-of-the-box approach.
Featuring artwork by the Bay Area’s own, Eddie Colla and Jason Malig, the book is through and through a testament to the San Francisco Bay Area.
“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”
“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 fucking up. But at least now you’ve got a field guide.”
— Adam Mansbach, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller “Go the Fuck to Sleep”.
The e-book will be available for download June 12th, 2012 and also available at the Official “Yes, Bay Area” Book Release Event at the Independent in San Francisco, CA!
Presented in conjunction with the Bay Area’s own LitQuake, June 16th, 2012 will be a celebration of epic proportions as LB brings his full LIVE band to The Independent in San Francisco, CA featuring Jazz Mafia, Joyo Velarde, Kat O1O, Skins & Needles and many more.
In honor of this momentous occasion, LB has curated a very special night of music, comedy and surprises to celebrate his foray into the literary world with special guests Bayonics, Berkeley native, Adam Mansbach (best-selling author of the book “Go The Fu*k To Sleep”) and hosted by the very funny, Joey Guila!!
It is truly going to be a night to remember as LB celebrates the release of his very first book and brings to The Independent a night unlike any other.
Get your tickets right now by clicking here and do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime event!
Today we’re excited to announce the release date of the brand new mixtape from Lyrics Born, ‘Variety Show Season 5 On The Floor’ — presented by LB’s own Mobile Home Recordings & Decon Records and featuring 2-step & boogie mash-ups and remixes of LB tracks spanning the entire LB catalog.
Mixed by DJ Icewater and available February 28th, 2012, ‘Variety Show Season 5’ includes special appearances from Sam Sparro, Francis & The Lights, Proh from Far East Movement, Lateef the Truthspeaker, Trackademicks, Joyo Velarde and more.
Available today as an exclusive free download is a mash-up of LB’s song “Coulda Woulda Shoulda” ft. Sam Sparro from the album AS U WERE with Teena Marie’s “Square Biz”.
Get the free download by clicking here (right click to save to your computer).
The latest LBTV webisode features Lyrics Born talking about a couple of exclusive and special speaking engagements he has for the month of October.
October 3rd, 2011 LB will be giving a speech at the Mayoral Candidates Forum at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA as part of the Grammys organization.
October 9th, 2011 he will be at the JCCSF talking with author Adam Mansback (Go The Fuck To Sleep) about music, parenthood and more.
Make sure you check out both of these events.
For those of you looking to get your musical LB fix, you can catch him tearing it up at the Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol, CA on October 19th, 2011 with Joyo Velarde feat Skins & Needles.
On October 29th, 2011 LB will be joining Miles the DJ and Party Ben for a night of music and fun at Milk SF on Halloween weekend.
This is LB’s first public DJ set, so make sure you come down and see history in the making.
Hey there, L-Beezes — make sure you peep the latest LBTV episode.
Set to perform this Saturday at Rifflandia Music Festival in Victoria, BC w/ Joyo Velarde and Skins & Needles, LB takes a minute to chop it up about his summer touring as well as the show this weekend.
Are y’all ready for this?
September 24th, 2011 LB is hitting Victoria, BC for the Rifflandia Festival. Backed by Skins & Needles and featuring the one-and-only Joyo Velarde, LB & crew are set to tear it up, tear it down and shred it like confetti. Make sure you get your tickets if you don’t have them yet!
Lyrics Born is headlining Saturday with his performance scheduled for 11pm. Don’t miss this amazing show!
Changing things up, LB is going to be making a special appearance with Adam Mansbach at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco on Sunday October 9th, 2011 at 7pm.
Adam Mansbach is the author of the best-selling children’s book, ‘Go The Fu*k to Sleep’ and LB was asked to join him on stage for a special discussion.
The two will be chopping it up about parenthood, music and more. This is a very special night so get your tickets!
It’s been a crazy past couple of months here at LB HQ.
In addition to all of the Lyrics Born business we’ve been handlin’ we’ve also been keepin’ things movin’ with the Latyrx re-union that just keeps on going!
Things kicked off at Outside Lands with a very special re-union show where LB & Lateef performed with the Jazz Mafia Orchestra ft. Skins & Needles, Kat Ouano and Joyo Velarde to a sold-out crowd of thousands! Soon after, the duo played a special private show for the folks at Google HQ.
It wasn’t but a week later that actor and artist extraordinaire, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises, 50/50, Inception, Hesher, 500 Days of Summer) asked LB & Lateef to join him on stage at the Regency Ballroom for a very special night of film, music and discussion. One of the topics of the night was vinyl records and remixes.
Joe, founder of hitRECord.org (a community of artists mixing their skills to create unique and original content), thought of none other than Quannum Projects to represent the Bay Area on the topic.
2 days prior to the event Joe and his team hit up the guys and by showtime they were ready to not only talk vinyl, but were joined by DJ Zeph (Skins & Needles, Oakland Faders) to perform a live remix on stage.
The following video gives you a taste of the action that went down that night with the first of a two part series of videos from the Regency Ballroom. Check it out:
A very special thanks to not only Joe, but the entire hitRECord.org community.
It was an amazing night and we can’t wait to get together and collaborate again!
If you need that Latyrx fix, don’t miss LB & Lateef performing this coming Sunday (9/11) at Big Sky Brewery in Missoula, MT as they join Pretty Lights for a night of amazing music.
But wait, that’s not all — later in the month LB heads north to Canada for the Rifflandia Festival in Victoria, BC on 9/24 with Joyo Velarde and Skins & Needles.