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LYRICS BORN brings his classic hip-hop & boundless funk to Portland
LYRICS BORN brings his classic hip-hop & boundless funk to Portland

LYRICS BORN brings his classic hip-hop & boundless funk to Portland
 Feb 3

with Educated Advocates and TBA
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Port City Music Hall
8:00 pm 18+ 
$15 Advance/ $18 Door/ $30 VIP
Tickets are available at
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Amongst the dusty records of the KDVS radio station at the University of California/Davis, Tom Shimura, who currently makes records as Lyrics Born, found too much to love. Sandwiched between gatefold LPs, 12-inch singles, dub versions and white-labels was a reservoir of inspiration that he would draw on for the following decades. The son of Japanese author Takao Shimura and Italian/Jewish-American union organizer, Charlotte Arzio-Shimura, LB absorbed the many cultural influences of a childhood that took him from Tokyo to Salt Lake City to Berkeley, CA.

In 1993, when some of LB's freestyles created among a group of his UC Davis classmates found their way onto paper; the result was “Send Them." It became the first single on the newly minted Solesides Records, a collaborative venture between himself and his accomplices who would later go on to be known internationally as Blackalicious (comprised of MC Gift of Gab and producer Chief Xcel), DJ Shadow and Lateef The Truthspeaker, an East Oakland rapper with whom he found a shared affinity for the rapid-fire lyrical volleys that would define the next step. As Latyrx (a combination of their working names) the two MCs released The Album in 1997. The LP would go on to become a certified classic, selling 100,000 copies - the tip of an even larger iceberg.

Solesides was re-imagined as Quannum Projects in 1999. As co-owner, LB put out Later That Day. The album yielded his biggest commercial success to date, “Callin’ Out”, which charted nationally and was featured in several major motion pictures, EA Sports games as well as a Diet Coke spot featuring Adrian Brody. The remix LP, Same !@#$ Different Day was released shortly after. Meanwhile, Lyrics Born began to explore different means of engaging listeners. He kept fans abreast of his work by peppering the internet with The Lyrics Born Variety Show mixtape series which he released through his website. The mixtapes, as well as ceaseless touring and the creation of his own internet media outlets Lyrics Born TV and LBFM, were elements of a new formula.

2008's Everywhere At Once signaled a departure from the sample-based pieces he had become known for. LB supplemented his sound with a full band and a healthy dose of synthesizers, arriving at a well-rounded sound that is classic and yet futuristic. Tom Shimura hasn’t forgotten how he got here, but he’s never been afraid to look to the future, either.

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LBTV - Z Trip discusses LB and new record, "As You Were":
Pushed Aside, Pulled Apart:


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