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Latyrx, Vursatyl, Tope

MATTHEW SINGER
7:30 pm, Thursday November 14 | $17 advance, $18 day of show.
Wonder Ballroom
128 NE Russell St.
 

[RAP RETURN] In 1997, Latyrx—that's Bay Area rappers Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker—released The Album, an endearingly weird hip-hop record that didn't sound like a collaboration so much as two eccentric MCs unknowingly spliced together by their producers, in this case, DJ Shadow and Blackalicious’ Chief Xcel. Sixteen years later, the pair has finally issued a sequel, simply dubbed The Second Album. Sadly, the thrill is largely gone. Whereas The Album sounded like it was broadcasting from hip-hop's future, the two rappers now sound stuck in indie-rap past, eschewing sheer strangeness for vague sociopolitical message songs and generic inspirational uplift. Worse yet, Shadow and Xcel are nowhere to be found, their alternate-dimension funk beats replaced by a grab-bag of producers that, for some reason, includes the Decemberists' Chris Funk. The group can still start a party live, but considering what it used to be capable of, that's perhaps of little consolation.



Where: Wonder Ballroom
Phone: 284-8686
Address: 128 NE Russell St.

 
 

Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell St.
Portland, OR
 
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