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Lyrics Born [rank: 367]

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Nov 25

Lyrics Born

Independent (21+)
9:00 PM (doors 8:00 PM)
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Lyrics Born

"Lyrics Born (formerly known as Asia Born, born Tom Shimura in Tokyo, Japan in 1972), is a half-Japanese-American, half-Italian-American hip hop MC. Through his childhood he lived in Tokyo and Salt Lake City, Utah, and has lived most of his life in the San Francisco Bay Area. He began his hip hop career while at college at UC Davis, where he was a DJ at the college station KDVS. He is a founding member of the seminal independent record label, Quannum Projects. Lyrics Born came up with fellow bay area and UC Davis companions Lateef the Truthspeaker, Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel of Blackalicious, DJ Shadow, and Jeff Chang (formerly known as 'DJ Zen'.) He is one half of the group Latyrx with Lateef; they released an eponymous debut album in 1997 which spawned a hit song, Lady Don't Tek No that has become a Bay Area classic.

Lyrics Born's rhymes showcase a large vocabulary, deployed via regular use of complex rhyming technique, such as phonemes and internal rhyme. His style is often conversational and observant. Songs such as 'Before and After' explore the subtleties of day-to-day human relations while 'The Last Trumpet' (with Lateef) features a very politically charged and globally conscious mindset."

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