MILESTONE: First Asian-American Rapper To Have An Underground Following.
Complex says: Lyrics Born was actually born in Tokyo to a Japanese father and a Italian/Jewish-American mother. His original rap name was Asia Born but he changed it in 1995. In 1997, he partnered with Lateef the Truthspeaker to form Latyrx, and dropped the debut album simply titled, The Album. The record helped score him an underground following and was highly praised by music critics. Lyrics Born continues to rap in the underground to this day, but he also catches checks from Cartoon Network for doing voice-over work. By staying true to his roots, Lyrics has paved the way for hundreds dozens of underground Asian MCs like Snacky Chan, Dumbfoundead, Cool Calm Pete, and others.