Leon Fanourakis – SHISHIMAI

SHISHIMAI was released on January 22 2021 by Leon Fanourakis, an album you shouldn’t miss! Leon Fanourakis is certainly keeping up with his atmospheric underground rap style. We want to highlight this album since we’ve believe this is an undervalued album which you might like if you haven’t already.

Meaning of SHISHIMAI is that lion dancer figure you can see on the picture above.

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Best Japanese Rap songs in 2020

The year was actually filled with new music from the Japanaese rap and hop-hop scene that are worth to check out! We will be listing our favorites which we think are the best ones from this year.

Awich – 洗脳 feat. DOGMA & 鎮座DOPENESS (Prod. Chaki Zulu)

Awich is doing a collaboration with Dogma and Chinza Dopeness and it can not be a better outcome.

kZm – TEENAGE VIBE feat. Tohji (Prod. Chaki Zulu)

ZORN / Have A Good Time feat. AKLO

You know you will get great things if you see Zorn and AKLO together, and this time they have a positive message with their song Have a good time. The song comes off both positive and relaxing, and makes you feel good with a kind of old-schoolish beat.

AYA a.k.a. PANDA – あの頃から今

AYA a.k.a. PANDA with her recent song “From that time until now” is about her journey as an artist.

Moment Joon – TENO HIRA

Released actually last December the 31th, but it is still one of the more beautiful Japanese rap songs you’ll ever hear. Comments are flooding with “Thanks for making me love Japan again” and so forth.

レオタードブタとヤギ・ハイレグ -サイコショッカー!


The artist Tade Dust has been on a roll recently and his songs doesn’t disappoint. One of our favorites are over-whelming.

KOHH, SALU & Yurufuwa will perform in Ultra Japan 2017

It has been confirmed that some of the biggest Japanese Rappers, KOHH, SALU & Yurufuwa Gang, will be performing in the Ultra Japan festival this year. KOHH and Salu is big rappers and that they are performing in such a big festival is a huge step for Japanese hip-hop and its popularity. Yurufuwa Gang is one of the latest Japanese hip-hop acts to be getting attention from both Japan and overseas and to have them in this festival too was unexpected but great.

Ultra Japan

Ultra Japan is a 3 day event boasting the world’s top EDM DJ’s with unparalleled stage designs and top tier production. The festival is being held September 16, 17, 18 2017. You can see the full line up of artists here.

Japanese adult film actress joins the rap scene

Apparently the adult film actress Asuka Kirara, 明日花キララ, have joined the Japanese hip hop and rap scene it seems.

Just dropping this new track called “Cho Ero De Gomenne” “Sorry for being extremely erotic” on Twitter on and YouTube. The response is very mixed if you read comments from Twitter and YouTube. Previously there was a track by JP THE WAVY called “Cho Wavy De Gomenne”, meaning “Sorry for my extreme wavy” which has the same kind of beat and style.

Response to Asuka Kirara rapping and making hiphop music

“Not fun at all. Are you stupid?”

“Boring, disgusting”


On YouTube people also were commentating similar things that it was either awesome or bad.


Cool Japanese rap and hip-hop songs 2017

We’ve made a selection of cool Japanese rap and hip-hop songs 2017 we’ve stumbled upon so far. Not too long ago we listed some hot Japanese hip-hop and rap 2017 summer songs, but this time we go harder with the coolest songs only. Tracks that stand out because of its underground sound or hard beat. kZm, Junkman, YDIZZY and DOGMA to name a few are those who released great tracks within this category. The purpose is to find the best and coolest Japanese rap and hip-hop songs of 2017 so if you have any tracks you would like to share please do so in the comments.

Junkman – Keiji no syo feat. DOGMA

We know that when Junkman and DOGMA collaborate, great sound comes out of it. This song is no exception. The song name is 啓示の書, Keiji no syo, and the producer is WATAPACHI which is the same producer that produced the popular song Daijoubu together with Chaki Zulu.

Jin Dogg – アホばっか ft. Young Yujiro & WillyWonka (Producer Warkar)

We actually thought this was one of the more lit ones so don’t miss this one out! Really cool song by the Japanese rapper Jin Dogg from Osaka, Japan. アホばっか, aho bakka, means “everyone are idiots”.


The Japanese rapper YDIZZY becoming more popular every minute, specially after his new album release. DIZZiNESS is the name of the album and it contains 13 different songs. What we’ve selected here is maybe the most psychotic-like, so if you want less craziness there are definitely other tracks that will satisfy you. This one though has a great flow throughout and sure has an underground feeling to it. DIZZiNESS was released 2017.6.7. Check out his other music videos from the new album too if you want. The meaning of the Japanese song title DAMARE is “shut up”.


If you are familiar with the names, you might have noticed that MONYPETZJNKMN stands for MoneyHorse, PETZ and Junkman. They released their first full album 磊 (Reads as “RAI”). What does this mean you might wonder? Well according to a (Japanese) yahoo answers (Yahoo知恵袋) answer,  its meaning refers to the sound of when stones are moving during thunder. This album was released 2017.5.17, which is a good quality album featuring female rapper Awhich, kZm which as you can see on the music video title below, DOGMA and Loota. Having various different of styles and not the same thing over and over again. They have calmer tracks too like SPACY and Uh…Down…, and songs with more hard beats like “Keiji no syo”. We’ve picked SIVA from the same album which is fitting for what we’re looking for at this moment. SIVA has a great deep underground beat, and kZm is featured.


LEON a.k.a.獅子 – GUN SHOT

LEON a.k.a. 獅子 is an artist that continuously keeps showing that he has some great skill and great taste in music style. His latest single GUN SHOT takes us by storm and is certanly worth a listen. 獅子 reads as shishi meaning lion.

kZm – Deadman Walking On The Moon

kZm’s single “Deadman Walking On The Moon” produced by ANJULIECAT has spooky sound and music video. Not every day you see people holding snakes, having their face completely filled with drawn kanji and creepy contact lenses in the same video.

New Japanese hip-hop and rap songs of summer 2017 to check out

The summer is in its full glory in the Japanese rap scene. We’ve gathered songs of hip-hop and rap songs summer 2017 that we think are worth checking out. Music producer Chaki Zulu is a name that keeps popping up because of his great beats which many of the Japanese rappers use. See his soundcloud here. YDIZZY‘s latest album DIZZiNESS featuring many great tracks where Chaki as producer. We also have the highly anticipated new album from Awich where many various rappers like YOUNG JUJU is featured. We also got some other artists that aren’t expected that we hope you can have the pleasure of discovering for the first time.

YDIZZY – OMW (on my way)

Scha Dara Parr and EGO-WRAPPIN colloborated song “Microboy and microgirl”.

Awhich – Remember featuring YOUNG JUJU

KOWICHI / Shōnan bitter sweet


DOTAMA – Press conference apology

Junkman – 啓示の書 feat. DOGMA (Producer WATAPACHI)

AKKO GORILLA and STUTS collaboration

AKKO GORILLA (あっこゴリラ) and the hip-hop beatmaker & MPC player has collaborated and the results is amazing.

Last month we didn’t report about this because the reality was that we didn’t find it until recently. The song in our opinion deserves much more listening. The song we are talking about is her most recent single “YELLOW FEVER” (黄熱病 in Japanese). You can see that the music video has only about 13.000 views, released in February 28 2017 on YouTube. For that reason we wanted to give the song more attention and perhaps introduce the artist herself AKKO GORILLA to you.

She has first released the album ‘Tokyo Banana’ January 2016, then later she released Back to the Jungle’ EP last November. They all were well received and she seems to grow more and more.