Lyrics Born "Quite A Life" Tour with Special Guest Boulevards

Lyrics Born "Quite A Life" Tour with Special Guest Boulevards

Tue Nov 6

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$19.50 - $24.50

  • Full dinner and drink menu available

Lyrics Born
Lyrics Born
Twenty-five years after he was introduced to the world with "Send Them" — the landmark left-field 12-inch that launched the Solesides label — Lyrics Born has returned with a brand new studio album (his 10th) set for release in the latter half of 2018.

It's been a long journey from his first album, 'Later That Day...' but LB has not squandered a second of it. With a career spanning a quarter century and a plethora of material ranging from full-length albums, mixtapes and EPs to guest appearances, production and A&R for other artists the Asian-American rapper best known for his lyricism and that baritone voice continues to make original, quality content in a musical landscape filled with cookie-cutter acts and one-hit wonders.

Coming full-circle, LB's own label, Mobile Home Recordings (which he founded & records for) will be re-releasing that seminal first LB album to mark it's 15-year anniversary. Spawning the classic hit, "Callin' Out", 'Later That Day...' marked the arrival of an artist whose career would break the mold in more ways than one.

Lyrics Born's music would go on to be heard in television commercials for major brands such as Diet Coke, Motorola and Vans, video games for Electronics Arts and Atari as well as television & film soundtracks including Entourage, True Blood, Collateral, Waiting, Friday the 13th & many others.

Over the years LB has done it all. From a voice over stint for Cartoon Network's 'You Are Here' campaign to compiling a book of his best #YesBayArea tweets, this Bay Area artist continues to expand his reach beyond music and has solidified himself as a renaissance man capable of doing anything he sets his mind to.

A rapper, producer, record label owner, husband, father - LB runs the gambit daily by wearing many hats. It has helped him stay grounded, unique and diversified in not only his music but also his life. With it has come as many victories as challenges, but what makes LB stand out from the crowd is his gratitude for what he has been given, his humbleness in the face of success and a relentless work-ethic that drives him to overcome all obstacles and continually come out on top.
Boulevards
Boulevards
Jamil Rashad, a/k/a Boulevards, is the embodiment of funk. Taking queues from pioneers such as Prince, Rick James, and Earth Wind & Fire, Boulevards seamlessly delivers cheeky, party-themed jams that range from raw and risqué to soulful on his debut LP Groove!

From an early age, Jamil’s father, a R&B Radio DJ, exposed him to jazz, blues, and R&B. This pushed him to get involved in the city’s local music scene early on in his youth. In his teens, he embraced the punk and metal scene in his hometown of Raleigh, NC; genres that would later go on to influence Rashad’s songwriting by way of their tight technical precision and power. After an art school education and several stints in local bands, Jamil rediscovered and returned to his first true love: funk.

Boulevards evokes a spirit from a time that combined intricate production with a focus on rhythm and getting people back on the dance floor. With Groove!, Boulevards does just that. On tracks like “Patience,” Rashad melds pop with vintage hip-hop elements — think Eddie Murphy meets The Sugarhill Gang — and it just works. “Cold Call” introduces a slow hypnotic groove before a symphony of synths, creating a rhythmic cadence that stays with you even after the party is over. However, to give Groove! merit solely based on nostalgia would be a mistake. Groove! is not just a rework of a classic sound — it is an intelligent collection, an evolution to reign in a new era of funk – heard via the disco pulses on tracks like “Weekend Love” and “Up On Your Love,” nodding to industry giants like Pharrell and Breakbot.

Bringing back producers Roller Girl! and Taste Nasa, who helped craft his critically received self-titled EP. Groove! delivers catchy songwriting, infectious bass lines, and plenty of hooks to keep you grooving until dawn, a clear indicator that there is still room for funk in 2016 – and that room will be occupied by Boulevards.
Venue Information:
Union Stage
740 Water Street SW
Washington, DC, 20024
http://www.unionstage.com/