Where hip-hop enthusiasts who don't mind some more extravagance will go for the good shit. Not necessarily limited to Japanese lyrics(in fact, quite a bit of J-Rap artists out there will feature English-speaking lyricists in their songs if not a remix), Japanese hip-hop is more focused on pleasant, jazzy, and exotic beats, usually involving the piano or other instruments.
It is very different from US hip-hop(even from a lot of underground artists), but there's a certain beauty to it that may make it almost as(if not, even more) appealing than the typical underground artist. It's obviously an acquired taste, so it may not appeal to everyone.
If you want to get into Japanese hip-hop, start with the likes of Nujabes. From there, you can branch into artists like Nomak, Shing02, Shin-Ski, Martiangang, DJ Mitsu the Beats, etc.
Person A: Hey, what are you listening to?
Person B: Nujabes - High 2 Lows ft. Cise Starr. Dope track.
Person A: Whoa...this sounds way different than what I normally listen to. I don't see much hip-hop out there with a piano flow like this! I'm feeling this!
Person B: You just got a taste of Japanese hip-hop.
Short for Jazz-Japanese Hip-Hop
Nujabes is famous in the world of Jazzy Hip-Hop
Refers to Japanese Hip-hop (Nip from Nippon, the native word for Japan and Hop from Hip-hop) as well as a general reference to any Asian Hip-hop artist or group.
While similar in most ways to western Hip-hop/Rap, many Japanese Hip-hop groups tend use a "softer" mix of R&B, Rock, and Pop music along with multiple MCs and/or vocals. This is due in large part to the lack of an established fan base for "true" Hip-hop/Rap music in Japan, though it is gaining popularity.
Examples of Nip-hop artists: TERIYAKI BOYZ (featured on the F&F: Tokyo Drift OST), Zeebra (considered to be one of the first "true" Japanese rappers), K Dub Shine, Aquarius, RIZE, Rhymester, Dabo, Dragon Ash, Seamo, Back-On, M-flo, Rip-Slyme, three Nation, Home Made Kazoku (their songs are featured in several popular anime titles)
She is one of the top and best Japanese singers , she does Hip Hop / R & B with a lil Pop music for the past 5 years but her old stuff was Dance and Pop.She has been the only Japanese singer to stay around so long and still stay on top to this day. She is a very hot 1/4 Italian 3/4 Japanese pink cookie ^_^ . And she loves her Pink Panther so that makes her our special lil Japanese pink cookie ^_^ . And she don't got a high pitched annoying voice ...its very smooth n sexy. And when she wears short skirts n boots with brown curly hair that gets Bentendo very happy ^_^ .
person : whos that you listening to?
me : Namie Amuro
person : never heard of her...what she like?
me : she a japanese hip hop / r & b singer....shes the best
person : i wouldn't mind hearing her
me : yeah she also very sexy and wears lil skirts alot and makes me go o__o <3 ^_^
person : you are obsessed
me : sho nuff muhfucker...and fuck blonde noobs
Urban Vinyl is an art form which began in the late 1990's that falls somewhere between high art and action figure design. These vinyl figures carry a graffitii artist sensibility and are usually produced in small runs (between 500 and 2000). The urban vinyl toy craze started in Hong Kong, with artist Michael Lau credited with starting the trend. The design of the toys is mainly done by graffiti artists, musicians, djs, illustrators, and comic book artists from places like Hong Kong, Japan, New York and San Francisco. For example, Takashami Murakami, the Japanese artist and designer, has had his art in the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and now he has urban vinyl toys. Frank Kozik of San Francisco, a well known rock poster artist, has begun creating a series of toys in Japan and here in the states. Sometimes the toy is designed completely by an artist – body, clothes, accessories and paint. At other times the artist designs the shape and then another artist paints it. Some of the toys were created by as many as 12 different artists. Urban Vinyl figures have become collector's items sometimes selling for hundreds or even thousands of dollars.more...
Spawned by the incorporation of hip hop into Asian and American popular culture, Urban Vinyl also very often depicts figures from the genre (such as Michael Lau's depiction of the LMF rappers from Hong Kong) or other facets of youth oriented, urban pop culture.
A Japanese hip-hop band.
Memebers of SOUL'd OUT:
- Diggy-MO' (Main MC)
- Bro. Hi (MC/Human Beat Box)
- Shinnosuke (Trackmaster).
Mugen is a fierce animal-like warrior with a unique Bboying (break-dance) inspired fighting style. Jin has a more traditional style but don’t think of this as a weakness because his skills are amazing. The two contrasting samurai warriors are far from friends, yet their separate paths seem to cross anyways. Mugen is wandering aimlessly through the city when he stumbles upon a teahouse where he meets Jin and Fuu (A ditzy waitress, but don‘t think she doesn‘t have anything hidden up her sleeves). Fuu convinces them both to come with her in search of a mysterious samurai that smells like sunflowers and their journey begins. This modernized hip-hop tale breaks the barriers of the common, historical, samurai anime.
Samurai Champloo is an anime series consisting of 26 episodes. It was broadcast in Japan from May 20, 2004, through March 19, 2005, on the television network, Fuji TV. It also aired on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim from 2005–2008. Samurai Champloo was created and directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, whose previous work, Cowboy Bebop, made him renowned in the anime and Japanese television communities. The show was produced by studio Manglobe.