Saturday, April 19, 2008

Lyrics Born (formerly known as "Asia Born"

Lyrics Born, or Tom Shimura, is a half-Japanese American, half-Italian American rapper/songwriter who was born in Tokyo. He was formerly known as “Asian Born” and is one-half of the group “Latryx” with Lateef the Truthspeaker.

Lyrics Born was raised mainly in the San Francisco Bay Area and his music career has largely been based in the area. His style is often compared to that of groups like Sugar Hill Gang, in the genre of hip hop funk. His large vocabulary and complex rhyming technique are showcased through his often controversial and globally conscious lyrics.

The piece I chose, called “The Last Trumpet” is a very politically charged song by both Lyrics Born and Lateef, pointing to the corruption in politics that often keeps the public in the dark and uses their ignorance as a means to control them. My decision to post this song is based on the commentaries of the women in Sa I Gu, who seemed disgruntled with the government’s negligence for their plight. Among the other themes include brainwashing through media, the education system, and global poverty. Although not uniquely Asian American, I felt that this song deals with the issues that many minority artists feel the need to address, and have their voices heard for.

Sample: lamentations, lamentations, lamentations worldwide

Watch out (repeated)

LB: In the beginning men and women had an obligation to their children
Lateef: Then there was a real and true necessity in need for building
LB: There was still the discipline and will proliferate the lineage
Lat: Matters of the spirit, mind, and body taken serious
LB: But the way that we became what we became
Somebody please explain
Lat: Well we could tell you if you're curious
Those that reign got the masses in chains
And their minds enslaved
Both: And that's the part that makes me furious

Watch out (repeated)

Both: Cos they're definitely ain’t no info readily available to the general A (?) people so let me know x2

Lat: It's easily this multimedia crews that feed you to the neediest
It's the greediest trying to cheat us out of our God given right
LB: To a quality education minimal opportunities available
Limited occupations we are not given a choice
Lat: Or given a voice within a political system pimped and gangsta'd out
Wherein the people are the victim sheep being lead about
LB: While the followers and the patrons of any faith outside the mainstream
Are being raided, falsely painted as endangering the way things work
Lat: And the way things are remain
LB: I can't believe that things ain’t worse
Lat: When all the wicked seeds we've sown have grown
LB: And poisoned all the Earth
Lat: It serves us right
LB: Can't really act surprised when the harvest has no worth
Lat: The curse that's lurking round the corner
Both: Is the product of our work

Watch out (repeated)

Right now
LB: The holy war's growing opposing forces polling of the origins
Of which have been historically been ignored
Right now
Lat: Our foreign policy is mallets of democracy
Upholding an aristocracy of secret terrorist cells
Right now
LB: The global poverty that we accept so commonly
Turns people into property one step away from hell
Right now
Lat: Healthcare battles bioengineering for the worldwide scare
Of the plague the we're fearing
Right now
LB: They got the right to put our lives under surveillance
Right now
Lat: They got the right to lock us up we don't obey them
Right now
LB: Modern education don't prepare the youth
Right now
Right now
Both: Do what you gotta do
Right now
LB: There's people shooting at people that's throwing stones
Right now
Lat: There's a movement of people across the globe
Right now
Both: Right now is where we're at
What goes around comes around
Time for action before the last trumpet sounds

Watch out (repeated)

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