The Second Album

Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truthspeaker's first collaboration as Latyrx came out 16 years ago – an eternity for trend-conscious rappers but the blink of an eye for two guys from the East Bay underground who always seemed to follow their own clocks anyway. Their second album isn't as radically unusual as its well-regarded predecessor, but the template remains the same: eclectic without getting wacky, thoughtful without getting preachy, full of great wordplay over beats that tie hip-hop to a history of all-purpose head-nod music from funk to electro and beyond. "Greatness is a series of baby steps," Born argues on "Exclamation Point." "Day in, day out, it's daily reps" – an old-fashioned notion but an enduring one.

From The Archives Issue 1196: November 21, 2013
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