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“Lady Don’t Tek No” Music Video World Premiere

April 26th, 2016

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Nearly 20 years since its release, the Latyrx classic, “Lady Don’t Tek No” has been given a music video.
In celebration of LB’s Greatest Hits album, “Now Look What You’ve Done, Lyrics Born!” the track has finally been given a proper visual companion thanks to long-time LB collaborators, Maximum Flavor Media.

The Source just premiered the video today and you can see it right here!

Lyrics Born’s Greatest Hits album is in stores now. You can purchase it digitally by clicking here.

BROOKLYN VEGAN PREMIERES NEW LATYRX SINGLE

September 19th, 2013

Yesterday, September 18th, Brooklyn Vegan showed the world the first single from THE SECOND ALBUM titled “Exclamation Point” featuring Forrest Day.

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For all y’all local to the Bay Area you probably already heard the track on LIVE 105 during Aaron Axelsen’s ‘Soundcheck’ show.

The feedback has been amazing and y’all are lovin’ this new track! We can’t wait for you to hear the entire album November 5th!

Along with the new song we also announced the first leg of THE SECOND ALBUM World Tour which kicks off October 25th!
Here is the full list of current dates with more dates TBA very soon!

10/25/13 Denver, CO Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
10/26/13 Gunnison, CO The Last Chance
10/27/13 Aspen, CO Belly Up (Aspen)
11/01/13 Missoula, MT Top Hat
11/02/13 Bozeman, MT Zebra Lounge
11/03/13 Billings, MT Railyard
11/04/13 Boise, ID Neurolux
11/14/13 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
11/15/13 Bend, OR Domino Room
11/16/13 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
11/20/13 San Francisco, CA The Independent

Check the TOUR DATES page for ticket links!

You can also pre-order THE SECOND ALBUM right now via iTunes!

THE SECOND ALBUM drops November 5th, 2013 worldwide, baby!

LATYRX EXCLUSIVE, CUSTOM HEADPHONES BY ORIGAUDIO

July 8th, 2013

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We’re excited to announce the release of the Official LATYRX headphones from OrigAudio. Launched today, these custom headphones feature original designs by Jason Malig (layout, design) & Brent Rollins (Latyrx logo).

OrigAudio has teamed up with Latyrx to bring you these exclusive headphones as part of their Marketplace launch. You can order a pair of these bad boys via their website http://www.origaudio.com/marketplace/single/96.

The headphones feature the new Latyrx logo by Brent Rollins as well as unique layout and designs by Jason Malig (Sidewalk II’s). What’s really special about these headphones is how they have been designed by Jason Malig.

“The design pays homage to the original song [Latyrx] and how it was mixed. Left headphone shows the waveform of LB’s verse with the right headphone illustrating Lateef’s. The band at the top has the lyrics of both verses layered on top of each to signify the blended audio.” -Jason Malig

The original “Latyrx” track is available on the band’s debut album, simply titled ‘THE ALBUM’. Listen to the track here:

The latest release from Latyrx is the ‘DISCONNECTION EP’ available right now at www.latyrxauthentic.com. The group’s second full-length LP, aptly titled ‘THE SECOND ALBUM’ will be released this fall.
Latyrx is Lyrics Born & Lateef the Truthspeaker.

HIP-HOP DUO RELEASE VIDEO FOR “GORGEOUS SPIRITS”& READY SECOND LONG AWAITED LP

February 20th, 2013

HIP-HOP DUO RELEASE VIDEO FOR “GORGEOUS SPIRITS”& READY SECOND LONG AWAITED LP

NEW LP FEATURES DJ SHADOW, KOOL AD of DAS RACIST, SPANK ROCK

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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.

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LATYRX TOUR DATES:

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

NEW LATYRX MUSIC VIDEO “GORGEOUS SPIRITS” PREMIERES TODAY AT FILTER

February 14th, 2013

Latyrx — the dynamic duo consisting of Lyrics Born & Lateef the Truthspeaker — have just released a brand new music video that world premieres today at FILTER Magazine.
Produced by long-time collaborators, Maximum Flavor Media and LBTV’s own HKL Films, the video showcases the two MCs running from a couple of Matrix-esque G-Men, bent on capturing the “Gorgeous Spirits”.

The video was shot in San Francisco & Oakland and is directed by Maximum Flavor’s Mark Austin Heim.

See the video right now only at FILTER’s website

Latyrx is currently on the road w/ Galactic as part of their 2013 Freeze Out Tour. See them in a city near you:

February

14 St Louis, MO – The Pageant
15 Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall
17 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
19 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
20 Sun Valley, ID (Headlining)
21 Boise, ID – The Reef (Headlining)
22 Seattle, WA – Showbox
23 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
27 CA, Solana Beach – Belly Up
28 CA, Los Angeles – El Rey

March

01 San Francisco,CA – The Fillmore
02 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
03 Santa Ana, CA – Yost Theater

GALACTIC 2013 FREEZE OUT TOUR KICKS OFF THIS WEEK!

February 11th, 2013

Hip-Hop group Latyrx are excited to announce they are hitting the road with New Orleans funk Jazz jam band Galactic on their Freeze Out Tour, starting on February 14 in St Louis and ending in Los Angeles. The groups have collaborated in the past, most notably on Galactic’s 2007 album From the Corner To the Block. Latyrx will open eleven shows on the tour and will headline the two Idaho dates (Feb 20 & 21).

In the meantime, Latyrx, who are emcees Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truthspeaker, released a 6 track EP late last year, Disconnection. The duo follow their creative instincts and get experimental on the project, but they maintain their emphasis on lyricism that’s at the core of their music. Guests on Disconnection include Zumbi (of Zion I), Headnodic, and Amp Live (of Zion I). The first single off the EP, “Gorgeous Spirits”, was produced by The Bangerz and the new video is coming soon.

More, the duo are readying their second LP in over a decade, 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 Mixes EP spawned one of the only feminist-affirming club bangers in hip-hop history, “Lady Don’t Tek No.”

Fourteen 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.

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

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TOUR DATES:

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

LATYRX Joins GALACTIC for their 2013 Spring Tour

November 27th, 2012

The end of 2012 is upon us but we are, as always, already looking towards the future.
Just announced, Latyrx (LB & Lateef) are joining Galactic for a US tour in February and March of 2013. Also on the bill is Living Colour frontman, Corey Glover.
Latyrx will be direct support for the New Orleans funk band as they embark on an 11 city tour from the midwest to the west coast.

Don’t miss this amazing line-up when they hit your city!
Make sure to pre-order your tickets now!!


02.14.13 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO PRE-ORDER TICKETS
02.15.13 – Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS PRE-ORDER TICKETS
02.17.13 – The Ogden Theater – Denver, CO PRE-ORDER TICKETS
02.19.13 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT PRE-ORDER TICKETS
02.22.12 – The Showbox – Seattle, WA PRE-ORDER TICKETS
02.23.13 – The Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR PRE-ORDER TICKETS
02.27.13 – Belly Up – Solano Beach, CA PRE-ORDER TICKETS
02.28.13 – The El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA PRE-ORDER TICKETS
03.01.13 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA PRE-ORDER TICKETS
03.02.13 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA PRE-ORDER TICKETS
03.03.13 – Yost Theater – Santa Ana, CA PRE-ORDER TICKETS

LATYRX + DJ SHADOW @ WINTERSALT IN SAN FRANCISCO DEC 29

November 21st, 2012

L-Beezies!!!!
Just announced today, some of the biggest news this year; Latyrx (Lyrics Born & Lateef) will be performing at Wintersalt in San Francisco, CA on December 29th w/ fellow Quannum fam, DJ Shadow!

This is NOT to be missed!!
Part of a 2-day event, Latyrx takes the stage on Day 2 at Fort Mason in SF, CA as part of DJ Shadow’s set. Also performing that weekend is is K. Flay, Aaron Axelsen, Dillon Francis, Theophilus London, Diplo, Travis Barker w/ Mix Master Mike and many more.
Presented by Eye Heart SF.

Make sure you get your tickets for this very special night of music!

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS NOW!

LATYRX: DISCONNECTION EP AVAILABLE TODAY!

November 13th, 2012

IT’S TIME!!!
The brand spankin’ new EP from the mighty LATYRX is AVAILABLE NOW at most digital retailers, distributed by InGrooves. DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY TODAY!

This 6-song EP is a pre-cursor to the upcoming full length Latyrx release, ‘THE SECOND ALBUM’ coming Spring of 2013.
‘DISCONNECTION’ features production & guest appearances by Amp Live, Zion I, The Bangerz, Headnodic, Somehow At Sea & of course, Lyrics Born himself.

Don’t miss the release parties for ‘DISCONNECTION’ happening all weekend long, kicking off with a very special celebration at The Independent in San Francisco this Thursday (Nov 15th) w/ special guests The Gift of Gab, 1-O.A.K., Skins & Needles, Kat O1O, Joyo Velarde and more!
The party continues Friday (Nov 16th) at The Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol, Saturday (Nov 17th) at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz and last but not least, at Barracks in Portland, OR w/ The Pharcyde on November 21st!

Spread the word and let the world know, Latyrx is BACK!!!


11.15 – The Independent – SF, CA BUY TICKETS
11.16 – Hopmonk Tavern – Sebastopol, CA BUY TICKETS
11.17 – Moe’s Alley – Santa Cruz, CA BUY TICKETS
11.21 – Barracks – Portland, OR MORE INFO

LATYRX EP: DISCONNECTION DROPS 11.13.12

November 1st, 2012

A lot has transpired in hip-hop since the Bay Area rap duo Latyrx released their 1997 critically acclaimed debut LP Latyrx: the Album. Now, after working on their own solo projects and dropping the mixtape ‘Latyrical Madness’ last year, emcees Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truthspeaker– known as Latyrx–are readying a 6 track EP, Disconnection. The duo follow their creative instincts and get experimental on Disconnection, but they maintain their emphasis on lyricism that is at the core of their music. The first single off the EP, “Gorgeous Spirits”, was produced by DJ Replay. Guest cameos on Disconnection include Zumbi of Zion I. Production is shared by The Bangerz, Headnodic, and Amp Live of Zion I.

The history of Latyrx is long and storied: Back in 1995, Bay Area rap was at the big-ballin’ peak of the mobb music craze, LA was chronically gripped in a G-funk indo smoke haze, Atlanta was enjoying its Southernplayalistic days, and NYC was entering a shiny-suit phase.

There was no frame of reference for two lyrical emcees experimenting with the tonality and resonance of rhyme patterns. 
 
The pairing of Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truthspeaker into Latyrx was “an accident,” LB recalls. Both emcees were solo artists, but when LB heard the pre-Endtroducing DJ Shadow beat which would become Latyrx’ eponymous debut single, his reaction was, “Oh my God, I gotta get on this.” 



“Latyrx” was a syllabic tour de force which began with two dissonant voices — one gruff and bassy, the other higher-pitched and trebly, both hella fluid — it transmogrified into a harmonic convergence of doubled verses simultaneously assaulting eardrums. Undeniably, it was great… but weird. “It was ill,” Lateef recalls. “We really felt like we had something unlike anyone else had done,” he adds.



Latyrx’ 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 Mixes EP spawned one of the only feminist-affirming club bangers in hip-hop history, “Lady Don’t Tek No.” 



Though Latyrx never officially broke up, after Muzappers, both members followed their chosen paths to considerable solo success. Yet no matter how much acclaim each attained individually, the notion of someday making another Latyrx record was always present. “It’s probably the number one thing I got asked about in my career,” LB says. 



14 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.



What Latyrx brings to the table is a technical difficulty level rare these days in hip-hop and matched only by a few groups in the genre’s entire history: Run-DMC, Jurassic 5, Blackstar, Freestyle Fellowship. Their challenging, intricate back-and forth arrangements evoke a lyrical version of bebop, with layer upon layer of rhythmic syncopation and vocal patterning constantly pushing the envelope.



”We have a good chemistry and it’s kind of unique,” Lateef says. “We step up each others’ game content, and both of us push each other in the originality department.”



”What we’ve talked about is very simply, picking up where we left off,” LB explains. The return of Latyrx stands as very good news for true hip-hop fans, lyrical aficionados, boom-bap beatniks, urban bohemians, wee tots in Reeboks, and Muzappers of all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages.

Disconnection will be available November 13, 2012 and distributed via InGrooves. Their sophomore album, The Second Album coming April 2013.

If you’d like a downloadable link or for press inquiries, please contact Nicole Balin at 323-651-1580 or email at nik@ballinpr.com.
Their Sophomore Album, The Second Album, Coming 2013

DISCONNECTION TRACK LISTING:
01. Gorgeous Spirits (Aye, Let’s Go!) (prod by DJ Replay)
02. It’s Time (prod by Amp Live ft Zion I)
03. The Beast (prod by The Bangerz)
04. Rushin Attack (prod by Somehow At Sea)
05. Out Of My Mind (prod by AmpLive & Lyrics Born)
06. Call To Arms (prod by Headnodic / ft Karyn Paige)

Please join Latyrx at a Record Release Party for Disconnection:

11.15 – San Francisco, CA — The Independent w/ special guests The Gift of Gab & 1-O.A.K. BUY TICKETS
11.16 – Sebastopol, CA — Hopmonk Tavern BUY TICKETS
11.17 – Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s Alley w/ special guests Skins & Needles BUY TICKETS

Pre-Order the EP via iTunes starting November 1st!

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