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Lyrics Born w/ Skins & Needles & DEE GOODZ
Amongst the dusty records of UC Davis’ KDVS college radio station, 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. That was then. This is now. Since his college days, Bay Area-native Lyrics Born’s raw, authentic talent has been polished to a gleaming beacon of originality in a time when it’s needed most, and it’s release marks a new era of label relations. “The old model is dead, you cant just put it out and expect people to get it”, explains LB, and the statement could easily be applied to his sound or his approach to marketing the finished product. Lyrics Born has gone about the creation of his latest effort, As U Were, in a less-than-conventional manner.

Event Schedule
Dee Goodz
9:00 PM
Skins & Needles
9:45 PM
Lyrics Born
10:30 PM

Dee Goodz | 9:00 PM
Dee Goodz may have just begun his rap career a year ago, but has been in love with rap music his entire life. Goodz feels in order to be the best, you have the study the best. Dee Goodz who was living in Nashville, Tennessee decided to move to the West Coast to pursue his musical aspirations and dream of becoming a successful artist. Goodz feels to make music is easy, but to make good music… That’s the difficult part. Before going to the West Coast to embark on his music journey, he attended Alabama A&M University in 2005. During his tenure there, he dropped his premier mix-tape release, “College Kids & Dropouts Vol. 1”, hosted by Nashville’s own Core DJ- “DJ Crisis”, which would put Dee Goodz on the map. It received more than 3,500 downloads in less than 48 hours. After graduating from Alabama A&M, he blessed his listeners with his second mix-tape on July 4th 2010, entitled “ConGRADulations” which received 4,500 downloads within two hours. Dee Goodz went in depth as to what was going on in his life as a college graduate, with great production and vicious lyrics. His experiences there intertwined with the life lessons taught to him by his parents, has given this aspiring rap star an unquenchable desire to achieve not only in the music industry, but in subsequent life. After years of studying the works of some of the most influential musicians to ever touch a microphone, Goodz had an epiphany. He felt as though he had his own story to tell, a story like no other. The moment he began to understand himself as a person, he discovered himself as an artist. In his latest summer 2010 mix-tape release, “Floetic Justice” hosted by Rocksmith Tokyo Clothing Company, “FJ” received over 10,000 downloads in just one week. In Floetic Justice, Goodz uses his eclectic style and clever lyrical content to uplift and enlighten the youth. Dee Goodz can appeal to the masses. Being featured on popular sites such as MTV UK, CultureShockMag.com, HipHopDX.com, The Smoking Section.net, 2Dopeboyz.com, Concretememphismag.com, Acclaimmag.com and Allhiphop.com Dee has earned a great deal of admirers far and near. In his mixtapes,you’ll find drops from the likes of DJ Drama, Jim Jones, Snoop Dogg and even one from mix-tape king, Fabolous. These stamps of approval ensure that Dee Goodz is someone to watch out for, as he embarks on truly becoming a force in today’s game. more >>>
Skins & Needles | 9:45 PM
Skins & Needles is a duo made up of Dj Zeph (Om Records, Oakland Faders) and Max MacVeety (drummer for Crown City Rockers). Both staples in the Bay Area Hip-Hop scene, this duo joins forces to bring a club-party vibe with the use of live drums, breaks, scratching + mixing that keeps the dance floor moving. With live drums and Dj Zeph’s musicality, Skins & Needles catches the attention of musicians, producers, and Hip-Hop heads as well as people just wanting to party and dance.
DJ Zeph, an in demand producer/dj/remixer, reached #1 (cmj) for his self titled debut album. His projects have been heard on HBO, MTV, Adidas Website, video games, etc. Zeph has released albums on the various labels including, Om Records, Quannum, Wide Hive, Breakin Bread (UK), Oaklyn, and Future Primitive. The song "Play the Drum" from the album "Rise Up" by Zeph and Azeem earned them a song of the year award and tour of Australia with Talib Kweli. He has also dj'ed and collaborated with Lyrics Born, Aceyalone, Rashaan Ahmad (Crown City), Lateef, Gift of Gab, and more.
Max MacVeety has been the drummer for the Crown City Rockers from Oakland, Ca. for the last 10 years. Crown City Rockers have been voted “Best Hip-Hop Group in the Bay” by both the San Francisco Weekly and the San Francisco Guardian, and have opened for artists such as Common, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, De La Sol, Black Eyed Peas, Rakim, Little Brother, Ozomatli, Blackalicious, and Spearhead among others. As a drummer Max has also performed with and recorded with Lyrics Born, Zion-I, among many other hip-hop artists and producers.
In the last year, Skins &Needles has played at Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco, and many Bay Area clubs including The Independent SF, Shattuck Down Low, The New Parrish in Oakland, The Elbo Room SF, Pier 23, The Boom Boom Room and Coda SF. more >>>
Lyrics Born | 10:30 PM
Amongst the dusty records of UC Davis’ KDVS college radio station, 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. That was then. This is now. Since his college days, Bay Area-native Lyrics Born’s raw, authentic talent has been polished to a gleaming beacon of originality in a time when it’s needed most, and it’s release marks a new era of label relations. “The old model is dead, you cant just put it out and expect people to get it”, explains LB, and the statement could easily be applied to his sound or his approach to marketing the finished product.

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 has been that it can be described as unequivocally fun, and this remains true of As U Were. However, LB does routinely peel back the gregarious exterior to reveal a contemplative everyman, and it’s times like this that his true artistry is apparent. “It’s at the point in my career where I’ve been through a lot, fun and not so fun. I think I’m dealing with a lot issues that are more mature than the last few albums, from abandonment to betrayal to incredible joy”. 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. “The new record is more synth-oriented. I made an effort to work with younger artists: Trackademicks, Francis and The Lights, and Sam Sparro, namely”. 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 LB’s greatest achievement, but it’s been a long time coming.

Lyrics Born had been a music obsessive since his youth, and in 1993 freestyles among a group of UC Davis classmates that occupied the same cramped radio quarters began to find their way onto paper, and suddenly LB had written “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, yet would prove to be the tip of an even larger iceberg.

Solesides was re-imagined as Quannum Projects in 1999. As co-owner, LB used Quannum as a conduit through which he delivered his most realized project to date, 2003’s 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, showcasing the talents of his closest associates and as well as new material. 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 whoch he released himself 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.

Since the release of Later That Day, Lyrics Born has averaged over 150 shows a year, and his explosive live energy was captured on the disc Overnite Encore, a compilation of live performances with live musicians from the Australian leg of his 2006 world tour. He followed up in 2008 with Everywhere At Once, a varied studio disk that signaled a departure from the sample-based pieces he had become known for, supplementing the sound with a full band and a healthy does of synthesizers. Hence, he has arrived at 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. more >>>