Joyo Velarde is taking a break from being everybody's back-up singer. After incessant touring with Jurassic 5, the Living Legend Crew, Blackalicious, Michael Franti, Zion I, Ozomatli, and husband Lyrics Born, among many others, the classically-trained, Pleasanton-based, Quannum Projects vocalist ... More >>
Soulful singer Joyo Velarde has long been part of the Quannum family, lending her honeyed delivery to top names on the local label's roster, including music by husband Lyrics Born (she's given co-writing and performing credit for over half the material on LB's classic 2004 album Later That Day, for ... More >>
Today, Blackalicious emcee Gift of Gab announced the October 27 release of his second solo album. Imaginatively-titled Escape 2 Mars, the new record features guest appearances by Del the Funky Homosapien, Brother Ali, Honeycut vocalist Bart Davenport, Joyo Velarde and fellow Mighty Underdog Lat ... More >>
Two-fer Tuesday here on the local video tip. My First Earthquake riffs off the concept of chicks getting kicked outta bands run by backwards dudes. And Lyrics Born drops a new video for "Pushed Aside, Pulled Apart" featuring Lateef The Truthspeaker. The song also has cameos by Joyo Velarde, Zion ... More >>
EKAphotographyCollar-Poppin' time: Lyrics BornIt's probably safe to say that in its 72-year history of free concerts, no one has ever 'popped their collar' onstage at Sigmund Stern Grove. Score another milestone for Lyrics Born.
EKAphotographySorry, She's Taken: Joyo Velarde Mrs. Lyrics Born aka songstress Joyo Velarde aka the Chilla from Manila appears at 330 Ritch's Pacific Standard Time tonight to celebrate the release of her eponymous, digital-only EP, which officially hits iTunes today. Nepotism, shmepotism--even if s ... More >>
EKAphotographySeun Kuti performs at Stern Grove, 2008 The 72nd annual series of free summer concerts at Sigmund Stern Grove--one of San Francisco's best traditions--has been announced. As always, the lineup of artists spans a diverse range of genres and styles. Performers include Roberta Flack and D ... More >>
DJ Q-Bert The Independent December 26, 2008 Review and Photos by Eric K. Arnold Better than: Leftovers, sweaters from Grandma, reindeer roadkill 'Twas the night after Christmas, and all through the house, no one was unstirred, not even a mouse. The Independent's line up of Q-Bert, Mochipet, and J ... More >>
Lyrics Born is proof that going against the grain can work out in the long run.
Everywhere at Once (Anti-)
Quannum projects star and alt-rap icon
Americana/Folk/Country DJ/Turntablist Electro/Electronic/Experimental Hard Rock Hip Hop Indie Rock/Noise Pop Jazz Soul/R&B World Music Music Video
The amazingly true tale of the Bay Area's greatest hip hop success story
The lowest-profile member of the lauded Quannum crew, MC Lateef, finds the spotlight on Ambush
Thursday, October 21, 2004 at Ruby Skye
San Francisco's venerable Qunnaum Projects rounds up its entire roster for a landmark hip hop show