Today, pioneering hip-hop rap duo Latyrx , made up of rappers Lyrics Born & Lateef The Truth Speaker, release their anticipated follow-up to their 1997 indie rap classic ‘The Album‘, appropriately titled ‘The Second Album‘. The album features appearances from members of tUnE-yArDs, Anticon, Living Colour, & The Decemberists as well as Busdriver, Forrest Day, 1-O.A.K, & more. To celebrate the album release, they’re proud to share a music video that took nearly 100 hours to create that is compiled of tens of thousands of still images made to look like a stop motion video.
The music video for “Exclamation Point” artfully captures the essence of what a growing part of the population seems to be voicing: feeling overwhelmed & jaded in an overstimulated world while trying to navigate through the chaos to find inspiration & happiness. Juxtaposed against a driving, insistently simple drum line comes melancholy sweet piano chords & a hook from singer Forrest Day reminding you to “slow it down” & to ignore things that get overused like an exclamation point. Created entirely with still photos shot with a Nikon D700, the video highlights the reality of how quickly life moves. “Much like in life, if you actually went frame by frame you’d notice much more; but as with life, everything just flies by“. explains director Mark Austin Heim. Shot in San Francisco & Oakland & featuring local landmarks & everyday people, the majority of the still images were captured at 4-6 frames per second at a rate of 10,000 stills a day for over a week. Explains Heim, “After each day we’d compile all the images into a sequence that ran at 24 frames per second. Then we edited the video using the clips created from thousands of still images.” Syncing the sound portion proved to be especially challenging. Heim had Lyrics Born & Lateef rapping at 25% their normal speed to sync their lip movements to the track. “I love how organic yet jittery it feels” says Lyrics Born.
Releasing another album after over a decade & a half of working on other projects feels fulfilling to Lyrics Born as an artist. “It feels fantastic. I was never totally happy with where we left off & we realized that even after 16 years no other duo had really built upon what we had developed conceptually or structurally, so from a listener’s perspective I think there’s a lot there to keep you interested & engaged” says LB. “I really think people are going to love this album“.
Latyrx are currently on the first half of their “The Second Album World Tour with rap duo Skins & Needles throughout the fall season, & will continue the second leg of the tour in 2014. The tour covers the west coast with stops in Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, & more.
‘The Second Album‘ is available for purchase here on VannDigital.com today!!!