Published Sep 12, 2014With the promotion cycle winding down behind Bay Area hip-hop icons Latyrx's 2013 sophomore set, The Second Album, both Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truthspeaker are getting ready to jump back into their respective solo careers. Though due dates are still pending, both men report that new albums are on the way.
First up will be Lyrics Born's Real People, which hasn't yet received an official ETA. The veteran MC tells Exclaim!, however, that the recording sessions for the follow-up to 2010's As U Were are already done, adding, "We're just trying to lock down a release date but it looks like it's coming out later this year."
Real People was tracked out in New Orleans with Galactic members Ben Ellman and Rob Mercurio behind the boards. Describing the set as "classic New Orleans soul" mixed with elements of funk and hip-hop, Lyrics Born also brought aboard a horn-heavy arsenal of players including Trombone Shorty, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, trombonist Corey "Boe Money" Henry (Rebirth Brass Band) and more. It's this live brass attack, the rapper explains, that separates Real People from the rest of his prolific catalogue.
"This is my eighth album," he said. "It gets harder and harder to do new things. I have to keep coming up with fresh ideas on the albums that actually have a story. To my knowledge, this is not something that any other MC has ever done; it's definitely not something I've done before. It's exciting; it's my best album in years for that reason."
Also attached to the album are Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Living Color vocalist and Latryx collaborator Corey Glover, David Shaw (the Revivalists) and Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin & Wood), while Ellman, Mercurio and the rest of Galactic also appear.
Though a full tracklist has yet to be delivered, you'll find the frenetic and fast-rapped first single, "$ir Racha," down below.
As for the Truthspeaker, he revealed in a separate interview that a full-length follow-up to 2011's Firewire is currently in the works, with the album apparently taking on an distinct dancehall flavour.
"I feel like you could take a bunch of my verses from a bunch of my songs and just put them over dancehall beats and that would work fine," he summed up of his spitting style in general, adding of the as-yet-untitled LP, "I would say that's kind of what it's like. It's like my stuff, but musically, the flavour and the vibe is more in that direction."
Despite this, Lateef the Truthspeaker adds that some of his singing on the set is "a little on the punk side," and further describes the album as sitting "somewhere between Police, Bob Marley and early Sean Paul."
While features have yet to be confirmed in full, the rapper noted that his Mighty Underdogs collaborator Headnodic is on board, as is Blackalicious' Chief Xcel. Though still unconfirmed, Lyrics Born may also appear somewhere on the set.
Latryx have a trio of shows in BC this weekend, hitting up Whistler, Victoria and Vancouver before heading back to the Bay. You'll find the quick itinerary down below.
09/12 Whistler, BC - Garibaldi Lift Company
09/13 Victoria, BC - Rifflandia
09/14 Vancouver, BC - Venue