Lyrics Born is premiering his The Lyrics Born Variety Show Season 6 mixtape today (October 28) exclusively through HipHopDX.
The rapper has released the mixtape in order to prepare for the 2015 release of Real People, his eighth album.
“Every time I have new Lyrics Born album ready to release, I put out a Variety Show Mixtape first,” Lyrics Born says during an exclusive statement to HipHopDX. “It’s become an awesome ritual for me. I get to give people a few tracks from my forthcoming album, Real People, and compile all the obscure collabs I’ve done with other artists, along with better known LB songs and remixes that I’ve done since the last album.”
Presented by Room 389, The Lyrics Born Variety Show Season 6 features 26 tracks, including “Everything is Fine,” a collaboration with Gift of Gab and George Clinton, as well as “$ir Racha,” a cut slated for Real People.
Set for release on Lyrics Born’s Mobile Home Recordings, Real People was recorded in New Orleans.
“New Orleans is the one true music town in American, maybe in the world,” says Lyrics Born, who is based in the San Francisco Bay area. “As an artist and a person, I identify with the culture, the sensibilities, the lifestyle, and the people. After releasing the ’80s electro funk feel of As U Were and the crazy eclectic ultra-lyrical Latyrx The Second Album, I wanted to do something really soulful, organic, earthy, and with an honest, unpretentious funk feel. That’s basically New Orleans.”
On Real People, Lyrics Born says he will discuss emigrating from Japan as a kid, fatherhood and the direction society has turned in post-great-recession America. He also celebrates adulthood and looks forward to the joys and pains of growing as a person.
“I think it’s the most honest I’ve ever been on an album about who we are as people,” he says. “I talk about emigrating to America as kid and how that affected me. I talk about fatherhood and realizing and, in some cases, missing some of my goals. I talk about the direction we’ve turned as a society in post-great-recession America. I celebrate adulthood and the excitement I have for living the rest of my life despite the victories and losses I may have had up until this point. I talk a lot of foolish shit and cuss my ass off and explore my darker side on certain songs. Hopefully we get a good cross-section of ourselves to explore on this album.”
The Lyrics Born Variety Show Season 6 mixtape cover art, tracklist and mixtape stream are as follows, as is a list of Lyrics Born’s performance dates.
1. Arrival (DJ Icewater Blend) – Latyrx vs Pretty Lights
2. Cannon In The Heavens – Lotus ft. Lyrics Born
3. Everything is Fine – Gift of Gab ft. Lyrics Born & George Clinton
4. She Can Git It (EXCLUSIVE) – Lyrics Born & Cutso of The Bangerz
5. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised -An Apple A Day ft. Lyrics Born
6. Hands Up (Remix) – DJ Zeph ft. Lyrics Born & Gift of Gab
7. Vibe Vendetta Freestyle (EXCLUSIVE) – Pretty Lights ft. Lyrics Born
8. More – My-G ft. Lyrics Born
9. Exclamation Point! (Edison Remix – EXCLUSIVE) – Latyrx ft. Forrest Day
10. What Happened 2 Our Love Affair? (DJ Icewater Blend) – Lyrics Born
11. Seco – Instituto ft. Lyrics Born, Joyo Velarde, & Bnegao
12. Urayasu Girl – Amores Vigilantes ft. Lyrics Born
13. Shadow – Alan Wilkis ft. Lyrics Born & White Hinterland
14. Poetic Wildfire (Freestyle – EXCLUSIVE – DJ Icewater Blend) – Lyrics Born
15. Watershed Moment – Latyrx ft. Tuneyards & The Gift of Gab
16. Tom Shimura (Freestyle – EXCLUSIVE) – Lyrics Born
17. Things They Wish They Could – Somehow At Sea ft. Lyrics Born
18. Shake It Off (DJ Icewater Blend) – Lyrics Born
19. Vintage MCM (Freestyle – EXCLUSIVE) – Lyrics Born
20. That’s It! (Real People Remix)* – Lyrics Born vs Preservation Hall Jazz Band
21. Deliberate Jibberish – Latyrx ft. Tuneyards
22. $ir Racha* – Lyrics Born
23. Do That There (Fort Knox 5 Remix) – Lyrics Born
24. Jump (DJ Icewater Blend) – Skins & Needles ft. Lyrics Born
25. Chest Wide Open* – Lyrics Born ft. David Shaw of The Revivalists
26. My 9 to 5 – Latyrx
*from the forthcoming album Real People
Upcoming Show Dates:
Oct. 30 – Petaluma, CA at Zodiacs – LBVS6 Release Party!
Oct. 31 – Arcata, CA at Portuguese Hall – KMUD Halloween Party ft. Talib Kweli
Nov. 01 – Laytonville, CA at Boomers – LBVS6 Release Party!
Nov. 14 – Portland, OR at Alhambra Theatre
Dec. 31 – Victor, ID at Knotty Pine – New Years Eve Party!
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