2003’s Later That Day, revised, remixed and rollicking
“Hold on, I'm coming,” the San Francisco-based hip-hop icon mutters at the beginning of this disc.
He purposely invokes Sam & Dave—it’s a prophetic opener for this joyful album, which combines horn blasts, conga beats, precise rhymes and snare riffs for a funky, cohesive sound that mimics the noise of the city itself. Lyrics Born is capable of slipping onto the mantle of any environment—he successfully looped Mississippi hill country bluesman R.L. Burnside’s hypnotic guitar chords on last year’s A Bothered Mind
—and here, he makes the entire Bay Area his dance floor, with help from DJ Shadow, Dan the Automator and more.