Lyrics Born

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Lyrics Born
Lb australia 2008.jpg
Lyrics Born in Australia, 2008
Background information
Birth nameTom Shimura
Also known asLB, Asia Born, Macka Dang Dang
Born1972
Tokyo, Japan
OriginBerkeley, California, United States
GenresAlternative hip hop
OccupationsRapper, producer
Years active1992-present
LabelsQuannum Projects, Epitaph, Decon
Associated actsLatyrx, Lateef the Truthspeaker, Blackalicious, Joyo Velarde
Websitewww.lyricsborn.com
 
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Lyrics Born
Lb australia 2008.jpg
Lyrics Born in Australia, 2008
Background information
Birth nameTom Shimura
Also known asLB, Asia Born, Macka Dang Dang
Born1972
Tokyo, Japan
OriginBerkeley, California, United States
GenresAlternative hip hop
OccupationsRapper, producer
Years active1992-present
LabelsQuannum Projects, Epitaph, Decon
Associated actsLatyrx, Lateef the Truthspeaker, Blackalicious, Joyo Velarde
Websitewww.lyricsborn.com

Tom Shimura, better known by his stage name Lyrics Born (formerly Asia Born),[1] is a Japanese-Italian/Jewish-American rapper and producer.[2] He is also one half of the group Latyrx with Lateef the Truthspeaker.[3]

Early life[edit]

Through his childhood, Shimura lived in Tokyo, Japan, Salt Lake City, United States,[4] and Berkeley, United States.[5] He attended 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 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."[8]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Remix albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

Production credits[edit]

Compilation appearances[edit]

References[edit]

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

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