Lyrics Born in Australia, 2008
Background information Birth name Tom Shimura 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 Tom Shimura, better known by his stage name Lyrics Born (formerly Asia Born), is a Japanese-Italian/Jewish-American [1 ] rapper and producer. He is also one half of the group [2 ] Latyrx with Lateef the Truthspeaker. [3 ] Early life [edit ]
Through his childhood, Shimura lived in
Tokyo, Japan, Salt Lake City, United States, and [4 ] Berkeley, United States. He attended [5 ] Henry B. Plant High School. [6 ] 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.
[7 ] 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 : "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." How to Rap [8 ] Discography [edit ] Studio albums [edit ] Remix albums [edit ] As U Were Remixes (2012, Mobile Home Recordings/Decon Media) Live albums [edit ] Mixtapes [edit ] 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) as Latyrx Lyrics Born Variety Show Season Five: On the Floor (2012, Mobile Home Recordings/Decon Media) EPs [edit ] The Muzapper's Mixes (1998, Solesides) as Latyrx Disconnection EP (2012, Mobile Home Recordings/Latyramid) as Latyrx Singles [edit ] " Send Them" (1993, Solesides) "Latyrx" (1995, Solesides) "Burnt Pride" (1996, Solesides) "Balcony Beach" (1996, Solesides) "Lady Don't Tek No" (1998, Solesides) as 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) Guest appearances [edit ] Production credits [edit ] Compilation appearances [edit ] References [edit ] ^ Nguyen, Joe (July 17, 2009). "Face2Face with Lyrics Born". AsiaXpress.com . Retrieved July 19, 2009. ^ Birnam, Ian (September 5, 2012). "Local Limelight: Lyrics Born". The Daily Californian. ^ DaRonco, Mike (2008). "Lyrics Born - Biography". Allmusic . Retrieved May 9, 2008. ^ "New Music: Lyrics Born, Billy Bragg and More". National Public Radio. 2008-04-22 . Retrieved May 9, 2008. ^ Patel, Joseph (November 18, 2003). "Lyrics Born". You Hear It First. MTV News . Retrieved February 5, 2005. ^ Tatangelo, Wade (May 7, 2008). "The best thing from Sweden since ABBA?". Creative Loafing Tampa . Retrieved May 9, 2008. ^ "Lyrics Born Is 'Everywhere at Once. '" NPR. June 25, 2008 . Retrieved July 7, 2008. ^ Edwards, Paul (2009). . Chicago Review Press. p. 219. How to Rap: The Art & Science of the Hip-Hop MC External links [edit ]