Lyrics Born Everywhere at Once

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As his latest solo LP’s title suggests, Lyrics Born tries to move in countless directions; party-rocker, pensive MC, and love-struck poet are just a few sides of this ambitious Bay Area act. And LB knows he’s conflicted. On the outstanding closer, “I Can’t Decide,” he discusses in double time how he wants to be a bachelor and husband, a rock star and rap star. Few hip-hoppers can go from dropping a dancehall-inspired number for the ladies (“Top Shelf”) to a somber R&B-styled cut about racial identity (“Is It the Skin I’m In?”). And that’s why Lyrics Born triumphs again.