Last week I had a chance to get up close and personal with the hip hop scene in Japan at hip hop artist Kojoe’s album preview party. Even though I had to get there and leave ridiculously early (11:30pm, the curse of working Sundays) the party was still bumpin’. I met new and interesting people, got buzzed off DJ Daisha “Dai*light” Hunter’s signature drink — the Oh Happy Dai (what I gotta do to get a drink named after me???) and just got to chill and enjoy hip hop.
Kojoe’s album, Mixed Identities 2.0 comes out April 11th, and if the first single “Get Famous” is anything to go by, it’s gonna be hot! Kojoe raps in a mix of both English and Japanese and…OK I couldn’t understand the Japanese parts, but whatever I could still get down. The beat is tight, it’s one of those songs that makes you wanna nod your head, put your hands in the air, maybe wave em’ like ya just don’t care. Kojoe’s credits include working with Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon, and Talib Kweli. Watch out for this one, he’s doing big things for Japan’s hip hop scene.
Now, fuzzy iPhone pictures:
And one of my favourite songs of all time: