Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Bruce Love Japan

After reading Hippo's latest post on Nujabes, I was reminded of some pretty dope hip hop that came from the land of the rising sun. I have to admit, on my visit to Japan a while back, I wasn't that impressed with Japanese hip hop - much of it tended to sound too much like a poor imitation of gangsta rap. In recent years though, it seems like Japanese hip hop has found it's own sound, which is more laid back, warm, and oftentimes jazzy. Kind of hard to describe, but the Nujabes definitely embody that sound with the rest of the artists below representing a spectrum of Japanese hip hop.Link

[MP3] DJ Honda :: Trouble in the Water (feat. De La Soul)
Daylaaaaaa!!! One of those back in the day reminiscing joints we all love.
[MP3] DJ Krush :: Zen Approach (feat. Black Thought)
Nice minimalist beats with seething flows from your favorite Roots MC.
[MP3] Nujabes :: Battle Cry (feat. Shing02)
If you've seen Samurai Champloo, you know this as the title song. I like the somewhat off-kilter flows and beats on this one, Nujabes and Shing02 definitely stand out on this one.
[MP3] Cibo Matto :: Sci-fi Wasabi
This grandiose banger with blaring horns is produced by Japanese American Dan the Automator, and features Miho Hattori and Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto. While they're typically singing about food, this time around they're rockin' the mic and damn can they represent with some spacey rhymes.

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I'm always glad when I inspire another. Shoyu the way like Kikkoman. You're welcome Banner. Another goodie I picked up on my last trip is a couple of albums by DJ Tonk. To me, he's the Hi-Tek of Japan. I wish he could get Tip and Phife to do a couple of tracks with him. Black Star too.

[MP3] DJ Tonk feat. Pismo :: My Underground Life
[MP3] DJ Tonk :: Fly By Moonlight
And this is just an instrumental!
[MP3] DJ Tonk feat. Due Process :: All Come Back
[MP3] DJ Tonk feat. Finsta :: Bushwicked
Homeboy on the mic sounds like Pharoahe

Rising Son.


Blogger debstar said...

dj tonk is da shit! and that krush joint is classic.

11:56 AM  
Blogger grant said...

*sniff sniff* im so proud to call myself (half) japanese!

seriously...i almost forgot about dj honda. what ever happened to that dude? i remember downloading his shit off of random ftp sites (pre-napster) back in college.....

and cibo matto. werd.

i never heard of dj tonk before now but im feelin that instrumental track...

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Romain said...

Dope Dope Dope.

Just discovered your blog. You're posting heavy s***t every single time...
Love y'all.
Cheers from France.

11:55 PM  
Blogger Mista Hippo said...

Wow, even the French like us...now I'm feelin' good on this Friday afternoon!!! Thanks again for all the support (we need it...keeps us motivated).
Also, for those of you who are feeling DJ Tonk, I forgot to drop his website:
& be sure to check out his myspace to listen to some more dope tracks.

3:07 PM  
Blogger Hatch said...

Get downn rocks! - this is some cool sounds you got here - respect to you guys....I'll be back!

7:26 PM  
Blogger bruce banner said...

damn! 3 comments from people who don't actually write for the blog, and they're not even talking !#$!#&...i'm wondering if my mom paid you guys to say this stuff...

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Blogger Muttpop Bob said...

Hey Huey,

Give props where it's deserved, homie! "Shoyu the way like Kikkoman" is copyrighted and trademarked in 2001 by Bobby B aka Propa Hapa aka Muttpop Bob.

I forgot you mentioned this the last time we went drinking. Funny.

Much love man,


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