Browsing the "Japan" Category →

Japan’s J-Style is for Real

November 9, 2016 | Comments

Japanese hip-hop has expanded more recently with some songs getting a lot of publicity on YouTube. Even though people were already aware of the Japanese being heavily influenced by black culture, these songs showed plenty...

Read More →

If you haven’t yet heard, Soi Music TV is a pan-Asian urban music portal that is helping spotlight some of the best Asian talent in the world. In May, Soi Music TV was in Los...

Read More →

Adaptation of controversial ultra-violent rap-battle manga Tokyo Tribes is heading to the U.S. XYZ Films has announced that it will handle U.S. sales of Tokyo Tribe, the live-action adaptation of a controversial manga that combines...

Read More →

Big in Japan: ‘I wanna be black’

August 4, 2014 | Comments

  A group of Japanese teens who want to be black are changing how they look. “B-Styling”, a reference to “black lifestyle”, is a growing trend among young Japanese, who admire the black American hip-hoppers....

Read More →

The 3-man Goldcoast, Australia based Japanese/Australian Hip Hop group is not very known yet overseas (except for Japan maybe), but they have been around for a while and getting more acclaim now. They got my...

Read More →

In case you missed it, the folks over at the British global hip hop clothing brand 4649Worldwide have been releasing a monthly podcast/DJ mix each focused on different countries. This month’s download features an all-Japanese...

Read More →

SXSW 2013 Guide to Global Hip Hop

March 12, 2013 | Comments

If you are at SXSW this year, you have a chance to check out some amazing international hip hop groups. Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Catch on of my favorite Candian MCs, Wordburgler, tonight at Flamingo...

Read More →

The organizers of Otakon announced on Thursday that Japanese hip-hop group Home Made Kazoku will return to the convention in Baltimore, Maryland to perform a concert on August 10. The joint concert event will also...

Read More →

B-boy stance in Japanese schools!

October 12, 2012 | Comments

As strange as this may seem, calling in private-sector dance-school instructors is becoming increasingly common in Japan’s public schools these days — as is the training of school teachers by such instructors. This was made...

Read More →

Japanese emcee Kaigen is an MC with prodigious artistic presence and a seemingly endless stream of consciousness when he flows gaining respect from rappers at the temple of battle hiphop in LA Project Blowed and...

Read More →