The crew’s charter members—which also included DJ Shadow and the future Blackalicious team—were all involved in student radio and shared a progressive-minded approach to hip hop. Lateef and Lyrics Born initially recorded as solo artists; under the name Asia Born, the latter released the first single on the Solesides label, “Send Them,” in early 1993.
The first proper Latyrx release came in 1996, and was actually the B-side of Lateef’s solo single “The Wreckoning.” For the track in question, also called “Latyrx,” both MCs recorded completely different raps that were played back simultaneously. Coupled with DJ Shadow’s production and its unique effect, it started to build an underground buzz for the duo.
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