Ever seen a half-Japanese-American, half-Italian-American hip-hop rapper/producer get on stage and move the crowd using virtually every known vocal trick? No? Ever witnessed firsthand one of the best selling independent solo hip-hop artists of our time? If not, you can knock out two birds with one stone tomorrow night as Lyrics Born takes the stage at Emo's.
Lyrics Born (born Tom Shimura) first made a name for himself as a DJ on student radio (along with DJ Shadow and Blackalicious) at UC Davis. After establishing himself in the industry as one-half of the rap duo Latryx, he made his solo debut in 2003 with the critically acclaimed album Later That Day. His rhymes showcase a large vocabulary and regular use of complex rhyming technique, and he'll be releasing his third studio album early next year. Lyrics Born has "one of the best live hip-hop shows in the game," and opening the show at Emo's will be a trio of local hip-hop acts. If you want to avoid the $13 cover charge, Do512 will be giving away 10 sets of tickets for the show. Check it out.