Lyrics Born, 20 Years On: The Hip Hop Long Haul
Mon, 02 May 2016 09:02:42
Lyrics Born Videos
While most Greatest Hits albums are the result of contractual obligation, for Bay Area rapper Lyrics Born, the idea meant something different altogether. After over two decades in the underground hip-hop scene, Lyrics Born —born Tom Shimura—had amassed not only the requisite, sizable fan base, but a resume that included impressive collaborations with nearly everyone in the game, from KRS-One, Gift of Gab, and DJ Shadow, to Dan the Automator and Del the Funky Homosapien. After too many studio albums, singles, EPs, and mixtapes to count, he wanted a single place to highlight his standout cuts.
His recently dropped 16-track soundtrack Now Look What You've Done, Lyrics Born! Greatest Hits! (Mobile Home Recordings) does just that, while taking stock of a remarkable career in alternative hip-hop that sparked countless creative fires within the scene, and well beyond.
On the day of its release, LB took a few moments to speak with ARTISTdirect Interviews' Gwendolyn Elliott to talk about the wide scope of his career, his influences, legacy, and what—if anything—might be next.
Read the rest of the interview at ARTISTdirect Interviews