Nihongo Rap (Japanese rap) is so freakin’ hot right now, it is literally like an erupting volcano spitting out hot lava and magma, burning everything in its path. The lyrics might be hard to understand for foreigners, but the quality of current tracks are on world class level and the music videos are on point too.
To start from a start, here is a brief history of YENTOWN, one of the current generation’s rugged crew from Tokyo, Japan. If KANDYTOWN is soulful and smooth, YENTOWN is definitely rough, gritty, and raw. Headed by ill rappers, MONY HORSE, PETZ, and JNKMN, along with AWICH who is blowindafuckup right now, and DJs/producers CHAKI ZULU, MARZY, LISACHRIS, DJ TSUBASA A.K.A. JAM, DJ U-LEE, etc, etc. The multi-skilled, multi-talented crew is the leader of the Tokyo hip hop scene.
KZM is the youngest member of the YENTOWN crew and formerly of another crew KILLA, but definitely the least talented, as he is currently dropping hits after hits, moving the hearts of hip hop fans and broader kids of the next generation. In a recent interview (sorry, forgot where I read it…), KZM mentions he wants to create music that is current, referring to the popular Trap sound, but with more meaning in the lyrics, similar to the boom bap era.
Not just another rapper trying to imitate what is hot in US, or wannabe fashionista trying to be a model on the runway show, KZM is the real deal, and his debut album, DIMENSION, is a testament to his growth over the years, and maturity as an artist. Keep your eyes peeled, and your ears open.
Enough of my blah, blah, blah, just listen to KZM and it should move you in some way. The video visuals are totally on point too… Welcome to the future of Japanese hip hop.
KZM – Wangan (Produced by BRANDUN DESHAY)
KZM – Emotion (Produced by HNRK)
LISACHRIS, DJ TSUBASA AKA JAM, and MARZY murdering BOILER ROOM in Tokyo a couple of years ago.
LISACHRIS @ BOILER ROOM in Tokyo
DJ TSUBASA AKA JAM @ BOILER ROOM in Tokyo
MARZY @ BOILER ROOM in Tokyo
Aaaand YENTOWN/KILLA killing the live showcase…