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Wednesday, Nov 17 2010 | 19:46 Buy this now at GoodToGo (B2B)

Lyrics Born has gone about the creation of his latest effort, As U Were, in a less than conventional manner. One defining characteristic of his sound thus far is that it is unequivocally fun, and this remains true of “As U Were”. Lyrics Born can also peel back the exterior and reveal an everyman who has experienced the fun, and not so fun. He voices these sentiments prominently on the lead single “Lies X 3”, a driving, heartfelt plead for truth.

While touching on newer subjects, he also reached out to artists that he felt removed himself from his comfort zone, including Trackademicks, Francis and The Lights, and Sam Sparro. The Bay-swagger is in full effect on “Funky Hit Records”, and while the new guests add a new dimension to the sound, Tom Shimura isn’t one to lose sight of his roots. Gift Of Gab drops a requisite, thought-provoking verse on the critical “Pills” and the classic Latyrx tag-team makes it look way too easy on “Pushed Aside, Pulled Apart”, one of the album’s standout cuts. “As U Were” may well be Lyrics Born’s greatest achievement, but it’s been a long time coming.


01. Kontrol Phreak
02. I Wanna B W/U feat. Lateef
03. We Live By The Beat
04. Could Woulda Shoulda feat. Sam Sparro
05. As U Were Reception (Skit)
06. I’ve Lost Myself feat. Joyo Velarde
07. Lies X 3
08. Born-E-Oh’s! (Skit)
09. Pushed Aside / Pulled Apart feat. Lateef
10. Oh, Baby!
11. I’m The Best (Funky Fresh In The Flesh)
12. Block Bots feat. Trackademicks & Clyde Carson
13. Pillz ‘lude (Skit)
14. Pillz feat. Gift Of Gab of Blackalicious
15. Something Better feat. Francie & The Lights
16. Fake ID
17. (What Happened 2 Our) Love Affair?

The album Lyrics BornAs U Were” (Decon) is going to be released November 26, 2010.

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