Hip Hop in Japan is HUGE. With popular artists like Nujabes, Nomak, Shing02, DJ Okawari and many more gaining more recognition in America and Europe, sites like HMV.jp, Zoooop.jp are seeing a huge ammount of orders from overseas and people all over the internet are searching for them rare / hard to get Japanese releases.
There is still allot of Hip Hop fans who don’t know about many of these artists and what i hope to do is introduce some of you to some great releases. This post is more of a introduction to some of them.
One of the best and more popular of them artists is Nujabes he has released four albums: Hydeout Productions 1st Collection, Metaphorical Music, Modal Soul and Hydeout Productions 2nd Collection all of which you must listen to. The albums feature American artists like Cise Star (CYNE), Substantial, Five Deez and CL Smooth.
Other great Japanese artists include: Nomak, DJ Okawari, Ayur, Kenichiro Nishihara, Shing02, Kenmochi Hidefumi, DJ Whitesmith.
Below is a list of tracks from some of my favourite artists based in Japan:
[wpaudio url=”https://www.thewordisbond.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/01-Feather-Ft.-Cise-StarrAkin-from-CYNE.mp3″ text=”Nujabes ft CYNE – Feather” dl=”0″]
[wpaudio url=”https://www.thewordisbond.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/05.-geishas-in-the-days-feat.-pismo.mp3″ text=”Nomak ft Pismo – Geishas in the days” dl=”0″]
[wpaudio url=”https://www.thewordisbond.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/02-kenichiro_nishihara-heart_ft._substantial.mp3″ text=”Kenichiro Nishihara ft Substantial – Heart” dl=”0″]
[wpaudio url=”https://www.thewordisbond.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/03-gala-dress-feat.-Shing02.mp3″ text=”LEMS ft Shing02 – Gala Dress” dl=”0″]
[wpaudio url=”https://www.thewordisbond.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/07-DJ-Vital-Force-Kenmochi-Hidefumi-Falliccia-1.mp3″ text=”Kenmochi Hidefumi – Fallicia” dl=”0″]
[wpaudio url=”https://www.thewordisbond.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/DJ-OKAWARI-Luv-Letter.mp3″ text=”DJ Okawari – Luv Letter” dl=”0″]