One of the reasons for moving to Hong Kong was actually it’s rawness. It’s grittiness. It’s neo-futuristic landscape and environment that reminded me of the future, but now. I would stare out of the small, metal framed window of my jail-like apartment and view the neon lights flashing outside, like I was in a SF film from the 80’s and 90’s. When it rains, it felt as though I was on a set of BLADE RUNNER, and of course countless anime has been inspired by Hong Kong, such as GHOST IN THE SHELL series.
Fast forward to the 21st Century, Hong Kong is as photogenic as ever, inspiring photographers and videographers to use our city as a backdrop for their creative output. In recent times though, I have noticed Japanese rappers filming in Hong Kong, perhaps to distance themselves from the familiar Japanese cityscape that is less interesting to locals. It has a similar vibe as Tokyo, but less polished and a good blend of East and West, old and new. It makes me smile to see Hong Kong in music videos and films, where I try to spot where they shot the scenes and wonder if I was there when they shot it.
There are probably more videos, but below are some killer videos and tracks by Japanese rappers you should already be familiar with, in no particular order. JJJ, KOHH, YDIZZY, and TENG GANG STARR are too ill with it. Check it out!
JJJ – BABE featuring HAGANEDA TEFLON (Produced by JJJ)
KOHH – DIRTY BOYS featuring DUTCH MONTANA, LOOTA
YDIZZY – OMW (Produced by CHAKI ZULU)
TENG GANG STARR – DaTuRa (Produced by 3-i)
On a side note, GHOST IN THE SHELL feature film was shot completely in Hong Kong, and it’s dope!