June 16, 2012 - 9:00 PM
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We’ve got much more than 140 characters in the Bay…but 140 is all LB needs to rock these compulsively-readable, hilarious, and incisive mini-portraits. If you live here, you’ll be nodding your head in recognition…and if you don’t, well, you’re f*cking up. But at least now you’ve got a field guide.”
author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Go the F*ck to Sleep
Litquake proudly co-presents an amazing launch party for Yes, Bay Area, the new eBook from Berkeley musician Lyrics Born, a compilation of tweets that feature LB’s funny and insightful musings on the San Francisco Bay Area’s rich and diverse culture.
Prompted by suggestions from hundreds of Twitter and Facebook fans, Yes, Bay Area sees the veteran MC, producer and voiceover artist once again stepping into new territory and breaking new ground in a career constantly expanded by his bold and out-of-the-box approach. Featuring artwork by local artists Eddie Colla and Jason Malig, the book is through and through a testament to the San Francisco Bay Area.
Yes, Bay Area launches June 16 at The Independent, 628 featuring Bayonics, author Adam Mansbach, comedian Joey Guila, and Lyrics Born with a 12-piece band including Jazz Mafiz, Joyo Velarde, and Skins & Needles. 21 and over please.
Hapa dude from Berkeley with Italian hair, Cajun accent, and intergalactic mic skills capturing the funniest observations on the quirks of the 510, 415, 408, 650, and 707 since Richard Pryor stalked these same streets? Yes, world. You’ve come to the right book.”
award-winning author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop and
Total Chaos: The Art & Aesthetics of Hip-Hop
Lyrics Born (Tsutomu “Tom” Shimura), is a Japanese American rapper, record producer, songwriter, and voiceover announcer, and grew up in Berkeley. His style is influenced by everyone from James Brown to Curtis Mayfield, Syl Johnson, KRS-One, John Hendricks, Rakim, Kool G. Rap, The Sugarhill Gang, and Ice Cube. His signature, sandy baritone speaking/rapping voice and “Bay Area drawl” has drawn comparisons to Barry White, Tone-Loc, and Tom Waits. A contemporary of Blackalicious and DJ Shadow, he has collaborated with many artists including Kasabian, Galactic, The Bamboos, Soulico, Dosmoccos, Jurassic 5, DJ Z-Trip, Tommy Guerrero, R. L. Burnside, Morcheeba, and many others.
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