Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker, the two halves of the groundbreaking, longstanding alternative hip hop duo Latyrx, are gearing up to release the latest single from their forthcoming album, ‘The Second Album‘, on November 5th. The latest leak from that project is the pro-individuality anthem, “Close Your Eyes” featuring a verse by Busdriver and production from Antonionian.
Latyrx, who have long been known for their unconventional rhythmic delivery and ability to weave socio-political references amidst funky, boombastic production, have delivered yet another unique gem for the new single, “Close Your Eyes“, which premiered on Okayplayer. The anthem, which promotes self-identity, uses rich synths layers in the dreamy, auto-tuned chorus to contrast with the intense, dark tone of the verses. Lyrics Born says the song manages to be both hard-hitting and delicate at the same time. Says LB, “I felt like the lyrics could be rebellious and strong due to the drums and the somber sonics would make a stark contrast to that harder feeling – almost a context as to why it was necessary to be so fiercely steadfast in vocalizing your identity“. Adds Lateef, “Basically, the song’s message is how I’m no slave, I am not defined by others with no idea of who I am, and I am not controlled by outside media forces, nor audience/customer opinions. I am my own man“.
Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker of Latyrx helped co-found the historic Solesides collective of the 90’s, which includes DJ Shadow and members of Blackalicious. When the two joined forces as Latyrx, they released their 1997 joint debut, titled ‘The Album‘. It earned rave reviews for its adventurous production, eclectic style, and the rappers’ distinctive flows. The Album became a west coast indie rap classic and has been described as an unprecedented masterpiece. Shortly after, they released the Muzapper’s Mixes EP which featured the momentous single “Lady Don’t Tek No“, credited as perhaps the only pro-female club banger in rap history. Over the past sixteen years, Lyrics Born and Lateef have been working on their respective solo careers writing books, touring the globe, releasing solo projects, appearing on countless artists’ albums, and even earning a Grammy Award nomination. Now a decade and a half past their first full-length, the pair are finally releasing the anticipated follow-up, ‘The Second Album‘.
The long-awaited second full-length project will be released on their own Latyramid label on November 5th. The release features members of tUnE-yArDs, Anticon, Living Colour, The Decemberists, Blackalicious and more. Catch Latyrx on the first leg of their tour with rap duo Skins & Needles, beginning October 25th in Denver, Colorado and hitting stops in Salt Lake City, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle and more. The second half of the tour will continue in early 2014. Check out Latyrx’s Kickstarter campaign here to help support their tour.
You can pre-order ‘The Second Album‘ on iTunes!!!