MP3: Lyrics Born – “Rock-Rock-Away” ft. Galactic

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



Critical praise for Lyrics Born:

“Far-reaching flows over throwback electro soul, or street-wise synth-pop for the 20-10‚Ķ whatever labels you need to apply to it ‚Äď at day‚Äôs end, it‚Äôs 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 Song:

Preparing for the May 5th¬†release of his highly anticipated¬†Real People¬†album, rapper/producer¬†Lyrics Born¬†dropped his latest ode to good times,¬†“Rock-Rock-Away,”¬†via Relix. The track features New Orleans’ very own¬†Galactic, who produced the tracks on the forthcoming project.¬†“All the music that producers Rob and Ben of Galactic would feed me was such a perfect fit for my voice and my vibe,” says Lyrics Born. “It was effortless.”

“There’s just something special about New Orleans that gets in your blood,” says Tokyo-born, Bay Area-bred Lyrics Born, who recorded the entire project down in The Big Easy. “I wanted to do something different, something I hadn’t done before.” Enlisting a crack team of New Orleans’ most revered musicians¬†such as¬†Trombone Shorty, Ivan Neville,¬†Galactic,¬†Corey Henry,¬†and the¬†Preservation Hall Jazz Band,¬†along with¬†guest stars¬†Corey Glover (Living Colour),¬†David Shaw (The Revivalists),¬†Billy Martin¬†(Medeski, Martin & Wood),¬†and more, the album is deeply rooted in equal parts soul and funk.

Having been in the game for over 20 years, Lyrics Born attributes his success to his distinctive vision and never-ending drive. “The fact that I’ve been able to do this for so long as an independent artist and still maintain my vision and standard of quality… getting to connect with and help people is a blessing.” With Real People slated to release May 5, Lyrics Born¬†has arrived at a well-rounded sound that is both classic and innovative, taking influences from his humble beginnings and looking to the future.

Listen to “Rock-Rock-Away”:¬†

Check out the Relix premiere:

Read Rolling Stone’s announcement of the album here:¬†

Real People Pre-sale link:

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Lyrics Born’s Background:

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.¬†The Tokyo-born, Berkeley-based artist has owned his career each step of the way, ever since a radio gig at UC Davis’ KDVS put him in the same room as Shadow, the mighty Blackalicious, and his Latyrx partner Lateef the Truthspeaker. As co-founder of the Solesides and Quannum Projects labels, LB was vital in pushing independent hip-hop music into the limelight, dropping a minted classic, The Album, with his duo in 1997.¬†The Same !@#$ Different Day set followed in 2005, rounding up the likes of KRS-One, Dan the¬†Automator, Cut Chemist, E-40, and Morcheeba for a series of radical remixes.

He expanded his palette again with 2008’s Everywhere at Once on historic punk label Epitaph Records. The instrument-heavy LP spawned a Jimmy Kimmel Live! appearance with “I Like It, I Love It.” Now,¬†Lyrics Born is proud to officially launch his very own Mobile Home Records with Real People. The new album’s strong focus is a compliment to the wild range of Latyrx’s 2013 return, The Second Album, which featured collaborations with folks from tUnE-yArDs, Decemberists, and Anticon, among others. As always, Lyrics Born remains committed to delivering the unexpected and outdoing himself with ease.

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