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Riff: Latyrx – “Latyrx”

Jan 18, 2018

While you’re caught up/Thinking rap is just sex, sex, sex/And more flesh, flesh, flesh/Robbing your soul of its precious sensuousness

from Latyrx lyrics by Latyrx

The term “verbal acrobat” gets thrown around a lot but few are as dexterous with the wordplay than Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker; put the two together and you have a deluge of lyrical excellence. The self-titled cut to their debut is a densely layered sermon packed to the brim with mind-bending analogies, hilarious grievances, and thought-provoking story lines. Each verse can be dissected, which warrants multiple rotations. Lateef shines bright as he highlights the degradation of rap, from voice of the people to boorish party music. He’s reminding the world that hip-hop culture is deeper and that love is something pure, more deserving than what’s being played on the radio.

 

Riff by Jeff Min

Jeff Min is a Chicago-based writer at SONGLYRICS. His work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Hi-Fructose, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.

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