Los Angeles-based rapper/singer, multi-hyphenate Lyric Jones announced last month that her next album was being executive produced by Phonte (of Little Brother and The Foreign Exchange). On Thursday (9.17.2020), Lyric announced the album title ‘Closer Than They Appear’, and shared the project’s lead single “Show You How“. Featuring Chicago’s own Vic Mensa, the buoyant, sensual new single is now available on all digital streaming platforms.
“The goal with this song is simple: to have fun! It’s been a stressful year and my music as of lately has been serious or very pensive. I wanted to switch it up in all aspects from the genre, personnel, and topic. Women’s sexuality has been a hot topic over the past couple months. I feel the beauty with words is how you use them. I wanted to have a ‘sexy’ bop but paint the picture while leaving room for imagination and less explicit. Having Vic Mensa on this was a random suggestion I threw at Phonte, and it worked out perfectly.” –Lyric Jones
More About Lyric Jones:
Boston, Massachusetts native Lyric Jones is a gifted rapper, drummer, singer/songwriter, producer, and occasional DJ. With about a decade-long career already under her belt, Lyric has collaborated and toured with her mentor Rah Digga, and shared stages Pete Rock, Big Daddy Kane, Dilated Peoples, Robert Glasper, Avery Sunshine, among others. Blending jazz, soul and hip-hop with her arresting vocal ability as a singer, and razor sharp bars and cadence as an emcee, Lyric’s immense talent has earned her enthusiastic co-signs from the likes of DJ Premier, Chuck D, Black Thought, Pharoahe Monch, J-Live, and more. Her influences range from Jill Scott, Ledisi, and Georgia Anne Muldrow to Nas and Black Thought.
In her high school years, Lyric was joint enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston where she was known as everyone’s “lil sis“, and honed natural ability as a performer, drummer and an emcee. In 2012, Lyric brought her talent to Los Angeles and released her debut album ‘Jones St‘, which features collaborations with the late Phife Dawg (of A Tribe Called Quest) and Esperanza Spalding. Lyric now teaches ‘Rap Techniques’ at Hollywood’s Musicians Institute. She finds joy in paying it forward to the next generation.
Lyric’s dedication and pure love for hip-hop led her to produce and curate many showcases nationwide and events. Her forthcoming album Closer Than They Appear is executive produced by Phonte and due out before the close of 2020.