For his third album, As U Were, Lyrics Born keeps the funk flowing, from tossing in bits of electro-bass on "Kontrol Phreak" to indulging in synth-funk like "We Live by the Beat." The experimental rhyme persona of '90s recordings like Latyrx is nearly gone, and only briefly reappears on tracks like the Bay Area anthem "Block Bots." L.B. has moved on; he's a party rocker now. And though he strains on a few cuts, particularly the haranguing "Lies X 3," he demonstrates on As U Were that he's mostly good at it.