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2/27/2005

Japanese Hip Hop

Japanese hip hop (nip hop or j-hip hop) is said to have begun in 1983 when Charlie Ahearn’s Wild Style was shown in Tokyo. The movie focused on graffiti artists but also featured some early old school MCs like Busy Bee and Double Trouble, DJs like Grandmaster Flash and breakdancers like the Rock Steady Crew.

Following the showing, street musicians began to breakdance in Yoyogi Park. Crazy A soon emerged as a prominent b boy, and he eventually founded the Rock Steady Crew Japan, while DJ Krush has become a world-renowned DJ after arising from the Yoyogi Park scene. More DJs followed, beginning in 1985. A year later, an all hip hop club opened in Shibuya. There was some hesitation at the time that the Japanese language, due to the lack of stress accents and highly variable verb endings, might prove unsuited for rapping. A few rappers emerged, however, including Ito Seiko, Chikado Haruo, Tinnie Punx and Takagi Kan.

In the 1990s, teen-oriented J rap music appeared, and hip hop entered the Japanese mainstream. The first hit was Scha Dara Parr’s "Kon’ya wa Boogie Back". The following year saw "Da.Yo.Ne." and "Maicca" by East End X Yuri go platinum.

Japanese Crew, DJs and Rappers

Groups include:

  • King Giddra
  • Rhymester
  • Nitro Microphone Underground
  • K Dub Shine
  • DJ Krush
  • Zeebra
  • Rappagariya
  • Muro
  • Dabo
  • Kohei Japan
  • Tha Blue Herb
  • East End
  • DJ Oasis
  • DJ Yutaka
  • Suiken
  • Deli
  • DJ Masterkey
  • Word Swingaz
  • Shuren The Fire
  • Kaminari Kazoku
  • Dragon Ash (mainstream pop)
  • Ketsumeishi (mainstream pop)
  • Kick the Can Crew (mainstream pop)
  • Rip Slyme (mainstream pop)
  • Lamp Eye

Relevant Links

(Source: Wikipedia)

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11 Responses to “Japanese Hip Hop”

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  4. The Blymm Show Hip Hop Podcast Says:

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  5. Sean Says:

    Is there anyway to get a music video of Rhymester for my myspace

  6. south central cartel (havikk) Says:

    We have records released in japan thought def jam. We have never came over and performed for our fans and we would like to hook up with a promoter out in japan so we can come and give our fans a taste of what they love and have been dying for. My email and website are listed about and you can contact me via email or 209.450.7162

  7. Hasan Says:

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    Thanks

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