Lyrics Born

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Lyrics Born
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Lyrics Born in Australia, 2008
Background information
Birth name Tsutomu Shimura[1]
Also known as LB, Asia Born, Macka Dang Dang
Born 1972
Tokyo, Japan
Origin Berkeley, California, United States
Genres Alternative hip hop
Occupations Rapper, producer
Years active 1992-present
Labels Quannum Projects, Epitaph, Decon
Associated acts Latyrx, Lateef the Truthspeaker, Blackalicious, Joyo Velarde
Website www.lyricsborn.com

Tsutomu "Tom" Shimura, better known by his stage name Lyrics Born (formerly Asia Born),[2] is a Japanese-American rapper and producer.[3] He is one half of the duo Latyrx with Lateef the Truthspeaker.[4]

Early life[edit]

Through his childhood, Shimura lived in Tokyo, Japan, Salt Lake City, United States,[5] and Berkeley, United States.[6] He attended Henry B. Plant High School.[7]

Career[edit]

He changed his stage name from Asia Born to Lyrics Born in 1995 citing the desire to have his career based on his merits as opposed to his ethnicity.[8]

Style and influences[edit]

Lyrics Born's collaborations with Lateef the Truthspeaker on Latyrx records often see them trading lyrics back and forth in quick succession - Lyrics Born and Lateef's methodology for writing this type of lyric is described by Lateef in the book How to Rap: "With Latyrx stuff, when we have parts that we’re writing that we’re both going to be trading off, we write them together for the most part. I’ll sit there and write a rhyme, like I’ll write a line or two and then we’ll break up who’s gonna say what, and he’ll write a line or two and we’ll break up who’s gonna say what. It’s a very organic process."[9]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Lyrics Born
Latyrx (Lyrics Born with Lateef the Truthspeaker)

Other releases[edit]

Remix albums
Live albums
EPs
  • The Muzapper's Mixes (1998, Solesides) (Latyrx)
  • Disconnection EP (2012, Mobile Home Recordings/Latyramid) (Latyrx)
Mixtapes
  • Lyrics Born Variety Show Season One (2005, Mobile Home Recordings)
  • Lyrics Born Variety Show Season Two (2006, Mobile Home Recordings)
  • Lyrics Born Variety Show Season Three (2008, Mobile Home Recordings)
  • Lyrics Born Variety Show Season Pho (2009, Mobile Home Recordings)
  • Latyrical Madness, Vol. 1 (2011, Mobile Home Recordings/Latyramid) (Latyrx)
  • Lyrics Born Variety Show Season Five: On the Floor (2012, Mobile Home Recordings/Decon Media)
Singles
  • "Send Them" (1993, Solesides)
  • "Latyrx" (1995, Solesides)
  • "Burnt Pride" (1996, Solesides)
  • "Balcony Beach" (1996, Solesides)
  • "Lady Don't Tek No" (1998, Solesides) (Latyrx)
  • "I Changed My Mind" (1999, Quannum Projects)
  • "Hello" b/w "One Session" (2003, Mobile Home Recordings/Quannum Projects)
  • "Callin' Out" (2003, Mobile Home Recordings/Quannum Projects)
  • "Callin' Out Remix" b/w "Do That There Remix" (2004, Mobile Home Recordings/Quannum Projects)
  • "I'm Just Raw" b/w "Pack Up Remix" (2005, Mobile Home Recordings/Quannum Projects)
  • "Big Money Talk" (2006, Decon Recordings)
  • "I Like It, I Love It" (2008, Mobile Home Recordings/Anti- Records)
  • "Differences" (2008, Mobile Home Recordings/Anti- Records)
  • "Top Shelf" (2008, Mobile Home Recordings/Anti-Records)
  • "Hott 2 Deff" (2008, Mobile Home Recordings/Anti- Records)
  • "Whispers" (2008, Mobile Home Recordings/Anti- Records)
  • "Funky Hit Records" (2009, Mobile Home Recordings)
  • "Pushed Aside, Pulled Apart" (2009, Mobile Home Recordings)
  • "Oh Baby" (2009, Mobile Home Recordings)
  • "Lies X 3" (2010, Mobile Home Recordings/Decon Recordings)

Additional credits[edit]

Guest appearances
Production credits
Tracks appear on

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.facebook.com/lyricsborn
  2. ^ Nguyen, Joe (July 17, 2009). "Face2Face with Lyrics Born". AsiaXpress.com. Retrieved July 19, 2009. 
  3. ^ Birnam, Ian (September 5, 2012). "Local Limelight: Lyrics Born". The Daily Californian. 
  4. ^ DaRonco, Mike (2008). "Lyrics Born - Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved May 9, 2008. 
  5. ^ "New Music: Lyrics Born, Billy Bragg and More". National Public Radio. 2008-04-22. Retrieved May 9, 2008. [dead link]
  6. ^ Patel, Joseph (November 18, 2003). "Lyrics Born". You Hear It First. MTV News. Retrieved February 5, 2005. 
  7. ^ Tatangelo, Wade (May 7, 2008). "The best thing from Sweden since ABBA?". Creative Loafing Tampa. Retrieved May 9, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Lyrics Born Is 'Everywhere at Once'". NPR. June 25, 2008. Retrieved July 7, 2008. 
  9. ^ Edwards, Paul (2009). How to Rap: The Art & Science of the Hip-Hop MC. Chicago Review Press. p. 219. 
  10. ^ https://twitter.com/lyricsborn

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