The Oakland-based loquacious MC Lyrics Born is set to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Friday, April 18th, four days before his new album Everywhere At Once hits stores.
LB is a charismatic crooner, known as much for his smooth singing voice as for his smart lyrics and skilful flow. His music has made up much of our cultural landscape over the past five years, with his songs lending cred to Diet Coke and Motorola commercials, and providing the soundtrack to video games such as NBA 2K6 and Tony Hawk Proving Ground. Other tracks have appeared on a variety of shows, everything from Entourage to Gossip Girls.
With Everywhere At Once, Lyrics Born steps to his true talent, forgoing the traditional drum machine and sampling routes in favor of recording with a live band. The result is a record filled with real grooves: danceable pop, R n B flavored hip hop and songs that are more funk than gangsta.
Early reviewers are raving:
"A near-perfect party record...propelled by sweet soul melodies and rumbling funk grooves reminiscent of the Gap Band and the Ohio Players. Though LB detours into weightier subjects like mortality and racial stereotypes, it's his crunchy, unstoppable beats that will have you coming back from more." - MOTHER JONES
"On his second solo album, he sounds transformed - festive and celebratory, his smarts undiminished." - VIBE MAGAZINE
"Tokyo-born MC Lyrics Born spits his rhymes with the intensity of indie peers like Aesop Rock and Akrobatik, but his new album funks around like a preserved Sly Stone tinkering around on an iBook. Everywhere At Once seems destined for crossover success: it melds Snoop Dogg's mellow vibes with George Clinton's classic P-funk and Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion) released it."
"As an MC, his word choice and focus on the physical characteristics of language - alliteration, assonance, etc. - remains unrivalled....his lyrics are intelligent and noble, but he still knows how have fun, and bring his music to a bounce." -SIGNAL TO NOISE