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Early lifeEdit

Through his childhood, Shimura lived in Tokyo, Japan, Salt Lake City, United States,[1] and Berkeley, United States.[2] He attended Henry B. Plant High School.[3]

CareerEdit

He changed his stage name from Asia Born to Lyrics Born in 1995 citing the desire to have his career based on his merits as opposed to his ethnicity.[4] His first studio album, Later That Day, was released on Quannum Projects in 2003.[5]

Style and influencesEdit

Lyrics Born's collaborations with Lateef the Truthspeaker on Latyrx records often see them trading lyrics back and forth in quick succession - Lyrics Born and Lateef's methodology for writing this type of lyric is described by Lateef in the book How to Rap: "With Latyrx stuff, when we have parts that we’re writing that we’re both going to be trading off, we write them together for the most part. I’ll sit there and write a rhyme, like I’ll write a line or two and then we’ll break up who’s gonna say what, and he’ll write a line or two and we’ll break up who’s gonna say what. It’s a very organic process."[6]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Lyrics Born
Latyrx (Lyrics Born with Lateef the Truthspeaker)

Other releasesEdit

Remix albums
Live albums
EPs
  • The Muzapper's Mixes (1998, Solesides) (Latyrx)
  • Disconnection EP (2012, Mobile Home Recordings/Latyramid) (Latyrx)
Mixtapes
  • Lyrics Born Variety Show Season One (2005, Mobile Home Recordings)
  • Lyrics Born Variety Show Season Two (2006, Mobile Home Recordings)
  • Lyrics Born Variety Show Season Three (2008, Mobile Home Recordings)
  • Lyrics Born Variety Show Season Pho (2009, Mobile Home Recordings)
  • Latyrical Madness, Vol. 1 (2011, Mobile Home Recordings/Latyramid) (Latyrx)
  • Lyrics Born Variety Show Season Five: On the Floor (2012, Mobile Home Recordings/Decon Media)
Singles
  • "Send Them" (1993, Solesides)
  • "Latyrx" (1995, Solesides)
  • "Burnt Pride" (1996, Solesides)
  • "Balcony Beach" (1996, Solesides)
  • "Lady Don't Tek No" (1998, Solesides) (Latyrx)
  • "I Changed My Mind" (1999, Quannum Projects)
  • "Hello" b/w "One Session" (2003, Mobile Home Recordings/Quannum Projects)
  • "Callin' Out" (2003, Mobile Home Recordings/Quannum Projects)
  • "Callin' Out Remix" b/w "Do That There Remix" (2004, Mobile Home Recordings/Quannum Projects)
  • "I'm Just Raw" b/w "Pack Up Remix" (2005, Mobile Home Recordings/Quannum Projects)
  • "Big Money Talk" (2006, Decon Recordings)
  • "I Like It, I Love It" (2008, Mobile Home Recordings/Anti- Records)
  • "Differences" (2008, Mobile Home Recordings/Anti- Records)
  • "Top Shelf" (2008, Mobile Home Recordings/Anti-Records)
  • "Hott 2 Deff" (2008, Mobile Home Recordings/Anti- Records)
  • "Whispers" (2008, Mobile Home Recordings/Anti- Records)
  • "Funky Hit Records" (2009, Mobile Home Recordings)
  • "Pushed Aside, Pulled Apart" (2009, Mobile Home Recordings)
  • "Oh Baby" (2009, Mobile Home Recordings)
  • "Lies X 3" (2010, Mobile Home Recordings/Decon Recordings)

Additional creditsEdit

Guest appearances
Production credits
Tracks appear on

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