Tag Archives: Decon

Review: Lyrics Born Adds Synthesizer to His Backpack of Indie Rap Tricks on ‘As U Were’

Devolution? Not quite, but it's not exactly a step forward either.

Frequent Blackalicious collaborator and Latyrx member Lyrics Born has dropped a new full-length on a new label, and he goes for a new look:

“On his latest, As U Were, Bay Area backpack-rap pioneer Lyrics Born imagines himself as he never was: the rapping, scatting, singing, high-energy frontman of a synth-pop/nü-funk band just waiting for its close-up.”

So … does he pull it off? The harrowing conclusion is at The A.V. Club.

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MP3, Groove Edition: Nite Jewel, Asura, Ana Caravelle, Fol Chen, Madlib, Freddie Gibbs

Nite Jewel, amidst balls

We’re getting caught up on two weeks of intense blogging for West Coast Sound, and we now present to you some tasty MP3 and/or streaming works. This is Groove Edition (think “fun-kay”).

  1. FEATURED: Nite Jewel with Teen Inc. for EP, ‘Am I Real?’*
  2. ‘Timber,’ Lush Electronics from Asura and Ana Caravelle
  3. Chamber-Funk Ensemble Fol Chen Drops ‘The Holograms’
  4. James Poyser, Karriem Riggins, Madlib  on ‘Funky Butt’
  5. Arabian Prince and CX Kidtronik in ‘Let’s Hit the Beach’
  6. Freddie Gibbs with ‘Str8 Killa’ EP, Says ‘F*ck the World’
  7. (all stories via West Coast Sound, via LA Weekly)

* “Nite Jewel, keyboard queen Ramona Gonzales, is a quintessential artist of the L.A. underground and has now produced a collaboration with a young group that’s starting to catch buzz, Teen Inc.”