It's generally unfair to define an artist by the various collectives he's associated with, but it's hard not to do just that with San Fran-based MC Lyrics Born. Aside from founding the seminal indie label Quannum Projects (formerly Solesides) with Left Coast institutions DJ Shadow and Blackalicious, the dude has gone on to work with such diverse talents as KRS, E-40, and basically the entire guest list at the Cali alternative-rap banquet. Not surprisingly, his music relies heavily on innovation, creativity, and the joy of words, as well as the craftsmanship honed from touring incessantly. Born's latest project, last year's Overnite Encore, is an amazing live album (last decent live rap album? anyone?), so it's assured that his show is trump tight. Mainly, if you love the sounds of fellow West Coast oddballs Gift of Gab, Pigeon John, and Del but have not yet been blessed by Lyrics Born and his magical mic presence, open your ears to your new favorite rapper. 18+.
Thu., Oct. 25, 10 p.m., 2007