While Lyrics Born’s official jump-off into the world of underground hip-hop was part of the Solesides duo Latryx (along with Lateef The Truth Speaker), after years of putting it down on various 12inches, remixes, and compilations, he didn’t see his full-length solo debut until 2004′s Later That Day. Riding off the buzz of that release, LB follows up with Same Shit, Different Day, a compilation album of remixes and new songs.
Like Later That Day, Same Shit Different Day gives listeners a taste of the many styles and sounds of the multi-talented Lyrics Born. He is easiest to grasp when catering to the masses on posse cut remixes of “Pack Up” (feat. Evidence and KRS-One) and “Callin’ Out” (feat. E-40 and Casual), both doses of raw hip-hop which feature the five emcees competing for the spotlight. The same can be said on underground party movers like the new Jumbo remix of “Hello”, and the Morcheeba reinterpretation of “Stop Complaining”. But mainstream folk will most enjoy LB as he pours his heart out on either remix of the classic “I Changed My Mind”, as well as it’s follow-up “Shake It Off (Bad Dreams Part 2)”, where LB sings the blues with equal passion.
But Lyrics Born most interesting moments come when attacking with unorthodox styles. Eminem would be jealous if he heard Young Einstien’s remix of “Do That There”, where Born delivers three incredible, comprehensive entirely rhyming verses, with the third verse taking the cake. “I’m Just Raw” is another lyrical exercise, where LB delivers an array of humorous caps (despite the questionable SNL inspired hook).
But Same Shit, Different Day does hit a snag or two, as the album moves into mellower territory on the pair of Joyo Velarde crooned tracks with both “Over You” and “I Can’t Wait For Your Love”. While neither track is bad, there are plenty of other good examples of Lyrics Born in good form throughout the rest of the album.
Still, while Same Shit Different Day presents a bevy of different styles from the emcee, that’s also part of it’s problem. Those dreading monotony, fear not, but on the same token, S.S.D.D. feels like it’s all over the place. However, in its defense, it should, for it is a remix album, not a true sophomore release. Die hard fans will enjoy it, newbies will find a few things to appreciate on it, but it make take a new full-length of fresh new material to please everybody. ï»¿
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