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Lyrics Born, ‘Later That Day’ (Quannum)

Bay Area underground MC/producer Lyrics Born has promised his solo debut for so long that his moniker practically became Laggin’ Bastard. But after years of working with Latyrx, DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, and others, LB has finally opened his workshop, offering what recent efforts such as Common’s Electric Circus and the Roots’ Phrenology aspired to but didn’t quite nail: a genre-breaking hip-hop album that could care less if it sounds “hip-hop” enough. The synthesized splash of’80s new wave sits alongside roller-skate jams, Southern-fried funk, samba, and Afrobeat, as the rapper growls and exhorts like the neighborhood shopping-cart eccentric — creating art from others’ junk.