Lyrics Born, Same !@#$ Different Day

Michaelangelo Matos

By Michaelangelo Matos

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The appeal of remix albums is usually limited to fans who know the originals inside-out. But you don't need to be familiar with this Oakland rapper and sometime singer's stellar 2004 Later That Day… to appreciate what's going on here. With Lifesavas 'Jumbo, Halou, DJ Spinna and Morcheeba providing new beds for Lyrics Born's calm, burring rhymes and a handful of guests jumping on top of already-existing tracks, Same !@#$ has a more casual R&B feel than the original, bolstered by the clutch of new and previously uncollected songs, particularly the pair of showcases for vocalist Joyo Velarde. Best moment: "Callin 'Out Remix," a Bay Area rap bridge-crossing featuring guest verses from E-40 and Casual.