Out of Davis, California’s Solesides movement emerged Blackalicious, DJ Shadow, and author/scholar Jeff Chang. Another key part of the mid-1990s wave would be Latryx. Heard on Blackalicious’ 1994 Melodica EP, the pairing of Lyrics Born and Lateef The Truthspeaker would blend melodic Funk with Hip-Hop for a sound all its own. By 1997, the team would release The Album on the renamed Quannum Projects label, and enjoy prominent careers as soloists and a tandem ever since.
However, the song that in many ways has become Latyrx’s biggest hit is “Lady Don’t Tek No.” Released on 1997’s Muzapper’s Remixes, the indie 12″ never would be given a visual. However, the fusion track about one special B-girl did make its way onto 2000’s Solesides Greatest Bumps, released right as Shadow and Blackalicious inked MCA Records deals. Now, preparing for Lyrics Born’s Now Look What You’ve Done, Lyrics Born! LP, he and ‘Teef link for an evergreen video to stake its claim. In the artful video, the woman of the two MC/singers’ dreams comes to life.
From 2003 to 2015, the Japanese-American MC has released four studio albums, and collaborated with the likes of KRS-One, E-40, and Ghostface Killah.
Spotted at ego trip!, who has been covering Latyrx since the beginning.