Hip Hop in Japan

Hip Hop in Japan

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:

Hip Hop in Japan

Look at that crowd, and it's not even 11:00 yet!

Hip Hop in Japan

Kojoe working the crowd

Hip Hop in Japan

Previewing the video

And one of my favourite songs of all time:

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4 Responses to Hip Hop in Japan

  1. Like the new site layout. Cool post! Why don’t I get invited to hip music release parties?

  2. One thing I miss about being in Japan is being able to see the J-hip-hop scene up close. I’d learned about it maybe a year or so before going. I didn’t know how extensive it was until I was actually there and got the chance to see a lot of rappers performing at clubs and events. I did get to meet a few DJs and rappers I was very sad to hear the two of my fave clubs shut down, but I was still giving out recommendations for them, LOL.

    Kojoe sounds good! Will have to check out more of his stuff.

    • Amanda says:

      Yeah check him out! I wish I was better at Japanese, it’s what’s keeping me from really embracing Japanese hip hop. OK that and cultural bias. I’ll always love American hip hop the most.

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