Renowned experimental hip-hop duo Latyrx, made up of MC’s Lyrics Born & Lateef The Truth Speaker, released another track from ‘The Second Album‘, which comes out next Tuesday. “Watershed Moment” features fellow Solesides founding member The Gift Of Gab (of Blackalicious) & vocals and production from Merrill Garbus (of tUnE-yArDs). The song, which SPIN described as “bewitchingly hypnotic“, employs an incredibly unique combination of fluid bird calls, militaristic chants, & tenacious declarations over a simple percussive motif that makes excellent use of negative space to highlight stylized double-time lyrics about the earth’s most precious resource: water.
Both originally part of the aforementioned Solesides collective of the 90’s, the two halves of Latyrx came together to release their debut album as a duo, ‘The Album‘, back in 1997. It has been acclaimed as a west coast classic & was described by AllMusic as a “sonically inventive” release that “represents a major step for the Solesides in [becoming] the Bay Area’s most adventurous underground crew“. Following the success of their album, they released the ‘Muzapper’s Mixes‘ EP, which featured perhaps the only feminist club hit “Lady Don’t Tek No“. For the past 16 years, Lateef & Lyrics Born have been busy working on solo projects & collaborative projects with a number of other artists but have reunited as a duo to finally release their long-awaited follow-up album.
The full-length project, ‘The Second Album‘, will be released on their own Latyramid label next Tuesday on November 5th. The release features appearances from members of Anticon, Living Colour, & The Decemberists as well as Busdriver, Forrest Day, 1-O.A.K., & more. Catch Latyrx on the first leg of “The Second Album World Tour” with rap duo Skins & Needles, which is hitting stops in Salt Lake City, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, & more. The second half of the tour will continue in early 2014.
Listen to the “Watershed Moment” single below:
You can pre-order ‘The Second Album‘ on iTunes!!!