Born: Tokyo, Japan Currently: Los Angeles, California, United States Rapper from Berkeley, California. Known for his work with the Solesides crew, most notably in partnership with Lateef the Truth Speaker.
Lyrics Born (a.k.a. Asia Born) is Tom Shimura (b. 1972), originally from Berkeley, California, though through his childhood he lived in Tokyo, Japan, and Salt Lake City, Utah. He began his hip hop career while at college at UC Davis, where he was a DJ at the college station KDVS. He is a founding member of the group of artists known as Quannum Projects. He is also one half of the group Latyrx with fellow MC Lateef The Truth Speaker.
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Tsutomu "Tom" Shimura (born 1972), better known by his stage name Lyrics Born (formerly Asia Born), is a Japanese American rapper, producer, songwriter, and voice over announcer. He is also one half of the group Latyrx with Lateef the Truthspeaker.