Last month, February, there was a few good Japanese rap and hip-hop music videos that were released. Quite a month for Japanese rap and hip-hop music! They are all down below that you can check out and listen to.
From the newly released (2017-02-24) REP IN MY CITY PT. 2 album there is this song that just got released called 1人でしない, meaning, “not alone”. More than Kowichi himself DJ TY-KOH and Young Hastle featured in the song.
SHIKI RECORDS might be a record label you want to check out. They might not be the biggest in the Japanese hip-hop scene but they have great hip-hop rappers who released new music as of recently and are growing in popularity. They have some artists that definitely are worth checking out. We’ve found these groups through the official SHIKI RECORDS website. Some of the rappers you’ll see are YOUNGI who released his single ILLMENTION featuring YAS and MAR (the C.E.O of the label). Other rappers included in this record label are SNIPE, SIN, GAK and DORA along with DJ TAKANORI. We’ve made a Spotify list of some music from the label record.
The record also have a music hip-hop unit called Mr. Musician were these said rappers are featured. Just a week ago they released a mini album “Bring back the Bacon”. It is them who are on the picture above.
Here we’ve gathered the whole Bring back the Bacon mini album together with some of the rappers.
The famous Japanese singer Utada Hikaru releases new music video featuring rapper KOHH in her song 忘却, pronounced: Bōkyaku. Released on her birthday 19th January. She is what the fans say “the queen of jpop” and with her featuring rapper KOHH makes it a powerful combination.
The song title Bouyaku means forgotten. The English lyrics has already made available and they are very emotional to say the least. You can read then below the video.
English Translated Lyrics
The one I love isn’t here anymore
In Heaven or Hell
They’re in places no one can see
Memories of when I was three
Good memories of 23 years ago
I can’t remember them, but
I can’t forget
Even the dirty things appear beautiful
A nostalgic voice, leaving me to go to someone else
I’ll toss the memories into the rubbish bin
Pour gasoline on them and burn them
then change into my mourning dress until someone comes to greet me
I’m alive just to die
That’s why we’re born, that alone
If I could go to the grave, I’d be happy
Sleeping in the coffin, covered in tattoos, with these cold hands
Everyone’s crying, and that’s the worst
That’s the worst
That’s the worst
We should just forget it all
Clinging to the past is so uncool
I don’t need it anymore
Hot lips, cold hands
Let me forget the words
Hard liquor and scary dreams
Let me dance with my eyes shut
The path leading to a bright place
may not necessarily be bright
Where’s the exit? It’s nothing but entrances
I ran through a deep forest
Even if feet are torn off
Even with an artificial leg
for all time run, Melos!
I’m closing my mouth, but
I open my eyes
and see hard liquor and vomit
I’ll never go back
If I could, once more
I’d like to spit out the saliva I drank
Men too can double-deal
I love you, that’s why I hate you
If I could see you, I’d like to
Happy but in pain
We’re so greedy
Asking for too much again
Hot lips, cold hands
Let me forget the words
Tight jeans, gentle eyes
Call me by that nostalgic name
In this vast world there’s an unknown stage
I hate my bag, it just gets in the way
Hard liquor and scary dreams
When I someday die, empty-handed would be best
When you have South Korean and Japanese collaborated hip-hop tracks you know it is going to be good. That’s is at least what most of us felt after Okasian and KOHH were together in the same famous track “It G Ma“. If you’ve missed it, we want to present you another awesome track that was released August 2016 called “Save Time” by these two, who are maybe the hottest Asian rappers out there. Okasian is one of the biggest Korean rappers that blew up more internationally after his hit “It G Ma” featuring the Japanese rapper KOHH alongside with other South Koreans. What is different apart from the song being completely different, is that this time it is only Okasian and KOHH rapping.
Directed and Produced by 88 Rising . They describe the song and music video as following:
Okasian and KOHH come together for a powerful collaboration painting the picture of life.
Seoul City to Shibuya.
Let’s connect the world.
It G ma
The song that blew up in popularity and made a big impact on the hip-hop scene “It G ma” by Okasian featuring KOHH among others.
Creepy Nuts is an unit of 1 MC, R-指定, and 1 track maker, DJ 松永. They announced that a new mini album is on the way called “助演男優賞”. In English: Award for Best Supporting Actor. You can get a sense of how the album is from their new recent trailer below. Release date is set to February 1st 2017.
First song of the album, 助演男優賞 with same name as the album, is already released with a music video on YouTube.
Let’s listen to some really heavy Japanese Rap songs that really goes hard. This would be the opposite from a previous post we made about chill songs from year 2016. We often hear a lot about South Korea’s heavy hip-hop scene and sometimes overlook the Japanese heavy songs. These are some of our recommendations if you are after songs with heavy beat and cool rappers. It is a mix between different styles, but they all have that hardness in common.
Daijoubu (大丈夫), a song coming from Dutch Montana featuring DOGMA and Junkman. One track that certainly fits within the category of heavy Japanese rap songs. You can really tell of the rappers featured that this is their style. The producers WATAPACHI & Chaki Zulu undoubtedly made a remarkable beat.
Young Hastle feat GG Ujihara – TV出たい (DJ TY-KOH)
This is what we would call a hidden gem because of its low listening numbers. It is Yung Hastle together DJ TY-KOH featuring GG Ujihara making an awesome sound. TV出たい translates as “Want to be on TV”. The track is from Yung Hastle and DJ TY-KOH’s latest album “TYH THE EP”.
ZORN – Back Bone ft.般若,NORIKIYO
Often ZORN have a more calm sound in his songs like 葛飾ラップソディー, Life Goes On or My Life but in this track together with Hannya and NORIKIYO they go really hard. Having all of these rappers on the same track is really a delightful experience for us Japanese hip-hop and rap fans.
This is a single that feature a bunch of different Japanese rappers that makes a really strong impression with cool style to it. Not only does the sound have a great beat to it but the video itself also provides this “underground club” feeling. This is one of our favorites for sure. The song is called Seven Sinners and there are seven rappers: jeLLy, MonyHorse, KEPHA, PETZ, JB, diZZy, Junkman (in that order) and they all have their own “day” to rap about which is interesting.
Today the Japanese rapper DOTAMA released a new music video for the recent released song “本音” (in English: honne, meaning one’s real intent) featuring Hannya. This song is available on DOTAMA’s new “DOTAMA BEST” album featuring both new and old songs.
They can be tricky to find so we decided to make a post listing some of the Japanese hip-hop remixes we are currently enjoying. We wish more people would make remixes because they do bring some different energy to the scene.
AKLO – Break the Record Remix feat. KOHH and 漢
Different version from the original Break the Records from AKLO featuring KOHH and 漢 aka GAMI. Both KOHH and 漢 aka GAMI makes a great performance and gives a new sound to the song. Certainly worth a listen specially since KOHH is featured goes in with high energy.
KOHH Paris Remix by Sam Tiba
Based on the famous Japanese rapper KOHH‘s song Paris. There is this remix made by Sam Tiba which is really great. The beat goes very deep and well with the vocals. Certainly a recommendation.
KEN THE 390 – Make Some Noise mahoutsukainote Remix
Personally I’ve been listening to KEN THE 390’s album a lot and to hear different versions of their songs always is a pleasure. Please be sure to take a listen on this calming remix of “Make Some Noise”. You can check out the original song here. The saying that nothing beats the orignal could be true here but it never hurts with more of the good stuff! This song has ZORN and NORIKIYO featured as rappers.
DJ SAIJI REMIX of 漢 a.k.a GAMI’s song “oh my way”
This song has a number of featured Japanese rappers such as HI-BULLET, DARTHREIDER and D.O (練マザファッカー).
TOKAGE (十影)’s Funny KOWICHI remixes
If you haven’t seen and heard these music videos you are in for a treat. The rapper TOKAGE (十影) has made a few videos on KOWICHI’s songs. If you know KOWICHI he is the typical cool guy that sings about girls and the good life, and having collaborating with TOKAGE for these comical songs makes it very interesting. This video feature Bo Bo Bo, Line Tokyo Metro Remix, Stoner Life (ズッコンバッコンライフ).
As we’ve been observing the charts from Japan, the rapper 裂固, or with letters, REKKO, has been ranking number one (on Itunes) past few days with his song Keep On Runnin’. This song was released the 6th of this month, January. Promotion video is available on YouTube if you want a taste of what kind of song it is.
What awesome chill Japanese rap songs 2016 and hip-hop songs can we find? We’ve gathered our favorites.
SALU – How Beautiful
Quite a different involved style from SALU brings out great music. We’ve picked How Beautiful from the album Good Morning that has more great songs like this! You should definitely check it out and you won’t be disappointed.
5lack – Feeling29
Feeling29 is a track from 5lack which guaranted clarify under chill Japanese rap songs from year 2016. Getting a very good response based on the comments were not only the beat and music is great. but that the video also is in very great feel to it.
ZORN- 夕方 ノスタルジー
ZORN’s song called “夕方 ノスタルジー” meaning evening nostalgia is one we remember being one of the more chill songs. If you do enjoy this one, there are many more of his songs that has the same style such as My Life.
GADORO – クズ
DOTAMA – Aeon Mall (イオンモール) feat.カクマクシャカ
DOTAMA is a Japanese rapper that has been blowing up recently. Very active one, and that has a few songs that we absolutely love. Aeon Mall is one of them. What is different from other songs is that this one is truly chill and has a really great flow throughout the song, featuring rapper kakumakshaka.