With San Francisco having its first multi-day music festival in Golden Gate Park in a really long time – maybe ever – it would be silly not to mention Bay Area Hip-Hop artist Lyrics Born in the line-up with such heavy hitters like Radiohead, Beck and Lupe Fiasco and Jack Johnson.
While most people know of Lyrics Born – real name, Tom Shimura – from that Adrian Brody Diet Coke commercial or from an EA Game soundtrack. But he has Bay Area roots, living in El Cerrito (where I went to high school) going to UC Davis (where I went to college) and generally repping the Bay Area whether it’s via music store or radio station appearances. (Why yes, that would be the Port of Oakland in the photo above.)
Lyrics Born also just came out with his first studio album in three years, Everywhere At Once. And while it’s good, I myself am more of a fan of his previous remixed stuff, like this Stereo MC remix of I Changed My Mind.