Let’s not fuck around now, Japanese hip hop is terrible.
Having lived out in Japan for two years; there simply isn’t enough dynamic urban depression to inspire the Japanese to write something meaningful.
The groups that are classified as hip hop are actually straight-up pop acts, nothing even remotely like “real hip hop” [DJ Premier].
But this has changed.
Teriyaki Boyz, while not gangster or ghetto, make a truly interesting fusion of Japanese and broken English on their latest album Serious Japanese , with beats from The Neptunes, Kanye West and Mark Ronson.
Support Teriyaki Boyz:
Fast & Furious, produced by The Neptunes
Soundtrack to The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift:
Work That feat. Chris Brown, produced by The Neptunes
This video shows how different the concept of ass is in Japan:
Serious Japanese, produced by Mark Ronson
Behold the Mark Ronson masterpiece:
Teriya-King produced by Kanye West
Do the Teriyaki Boyz quote Arnold Schwarzenegger at 03:25? We fucking hope so: