When rapper and producer Tom Shimura (aka Lyrics Born) was at UC Davis, he and his friends at the campus radio station found they shared a taste for innovative, underground hip-hop. The group, which also included artists like DJ Shadow and Blackalicious, went on to create the influential SoleSides record label. Today, Berkeley-based Lyrics Born performs around the world, and his music is heard frequently in movies, video games and TV shows like HBO's "Entourage." He joins us to talk about his latest album, and his new ebook "Yes, Bay Area," a selection of his locally flavored tweets from the past few years.
Lyrics Born: 'Yes, Bay Area'
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Tsutomu "Tom" Shimura, aka Lyrics Born, Japanese-American rapper, producer, song writer and author of the e-book "Yes, Bay Area"