MIXTAPE 137 – OHAYOU JAPAN

MIXTAPE 137 – OHAYOU JAPAN

I can’t really write much now. I recorded this last night. I am not in Japan now so I’m obviously safe, sovaldi sale and the friends I’ve been able to get ahold of are all safe, but I’m still pretty upset – so no track breakdown.

The intro probably doesn’t make any sense, sorry. Things are going to be hard for a while, but I figured the very least I could do was post some swagged out cuts to keep people thinking about my friends.

holler→ @dexdigi

予め申しますと、このミックステープは日本在住の方を対象に作られていません。むしろ、俺と同じく海外に住んでいる人たちの為です。

ちょっと説明します。

俺はニューヨーク州在住、カリフォルニア&高田馬場レペゼンのでじです。朝起きてニュースに釘付けになってしまい、ひたすらツイッターをチェックしてた。

東京や福島に住んでいる友達・家族と連絡は一応とれたが、それでも一向に気持ちが晴れず、ずっと心配しまくってた。

しかし一番つらかったのは、俺にはなにもできない、という事実だった。そう思ったけど、いや、一つできることがあるんじゃないかな、とちょっとしたら気づいた。

少なくとも、被災地にいるみなさんのことを、海外にいる人達に考えてもらうことくらいはできる、と思いついた。もちろん、手段は音楽で。俺は別に大物のDJじゃないけど、一つのパイプラインは出来ているし、それを使えばなにかをアピールすることはできるかな、と。

そう思って、日本語ラップのミクステをつくってみました。

曲の内容とか、歌詞とかはあんま気にしてない(どうせリスナーの殆どは日本語わかんないしw)。俺は普段テーマを決めた上で作成するけど、
今回は別にテーマに沿ってポッドキャストを作ったわけじゃないし。まあ、テーマがあるとしたら、俺がかっこいいと思った曲、くらいかなw

なんで、無理して前向きの歌詞だけとか、哀愁ただよう曲とかを入れようとは一切せず、
逆に、日本語ラップのかっこいいとこ、俺を含め多くの人を魅了した日本語ラップのヤバさを海外の人たちにいまこそアピールしたいと思ってつくってみました。

あんまり集中できなかったから、ミックスはそんなによくないし、もっと頑張ればもっといい選曲はできたかもしれない。ただ思いついた曲をバンバン入れてみただけだし、短時間で出したかった、という理解の上で聴いていただけたら、と思います。

あと、著作権に触れるかもしれないというコンテンツも入ってるけど、そっち方面のお問い合わせはツイッターでお願いします。@dexdigi です。

これから色んな形での救援活動が行われると思いますが、取りあえず日本だけではなくて、地球の裏側の奴らも心からみんなの無事を祈ってる、ということをこの一発でみんなにお知らせしたかった。今日、日本語ラップの新しいファンが生まれる。それだけは保証できる。

みなさん、頑張ってください。

Seeda – Intro
Norikiyo – Ore hana no megane
Gasface – Problems
Yuki aka Juto – Show u my mixtape
Cherry Brown – Work Work Work!
S.L.A.C.K. – Deep Shit
Megahi – Kick the Megahi
Seeda ft MoNDoH、NIPPS、AKLO、STICKY、HORI、SLACK、SQUASH SQUAD、H.TEFLON – No One But Us
Ham-R – Can’t Stop
Rau Def – Doggg Race

Nihongo Rap Breakdown – Ep 129 Debriefing

yo. So I’m a little late with this, buy information pills but I figured it’d be nice to throw up a little breakdown for the last episode. So, refractionist for those who don’t speak moontalk, find this is for you.

In the intro, I said absolutely nothing of importance. Same goes for the outro. Not that that is surprising at all.

On to the artists:

Super Smoky Soul – you’ve actually heard them here before.

S.L.A.C.K. – I actually met this dude, maybe slightly before people started really freaking out about him. His rap style is sorta weird – he slurs his Rs, his intonation is bizarre, and he doesn’t pretend to talk about anything of any great importance. This, believe it or not, is sort of important.

example (warning: awkward translation):
なんて適当にさ 話してる夕方が透き通ってさ   Like just whatever, we talk all night
なんて適当にさ 話してるやつが大好きでさ I like people that just talk like whatever
なんて適当にさ 適当って言葉が大好きでさ Like just whatever, I like the word “whatever”

Here’s a video off the same record, “My Space”:



S.L.A.C.K – Good More.

Don’t miss the bonus snippet at the end for Deep Kiss, probably one of the best midnight skateboard tracks in recent memory.
Norikiyo – a central member of SD Junksta, one of a handful of acts that has essentially been carrying the scene on their backs since the mid 2000s. Norikiyo is very, very recommended. Topically this is a lot of ‘streets is live’ stuff. This version is a remix done by Punpee, who is actually the above mentioned S.L.A.C.K’s brother. Punpee, while being on a totally different pole from, say, Bach Logic, is easily one of the most important producers right now.

M.T.Z – This is actually a friend of mine – I’d say a classmate, but I spend very little time on campus, so yeah. This is actually over an old Planet Asia beat, and one of only two tracks dude has ever recorded (he’s more known in the organization/freestyle circuit). Lyrically, as you can probably tell, this is way more complex and on some ‘sucker MCs’ kind of angle. He’s also a political science grad student at one of the most prestigious universities in the country, so maybe that makes sense.

Actually, lemme tell a story about this dude. One time we were on the 8th floor of our (newly constructed) school building, and I’d brought my skateboard to class. He comes up, laughing at me for riding my skateboard to class, and asks if he can try it (he’s never ridden one before) and I’m like yo, are you sure it’s okay? I mean, we’re indoors.

He gives me this dead serious look, the same look he gets on his face when he’s reading Marx, and says “Yes. This is our space. It belongs to the people”. And proceeds to skate on the brand new carpet.

AKLO – Player. My first encounter with this dude, he was trying to do a kickflip indoors at a bar I had played a show at, slipped off the board, and almost broke my shins. After his recent mixtape AKLO 2.0, I’d have to say that this dude is easily one of the most important forces in recent Nihongo Rap history. He’s only got one record out, but his mixtape game is seriously putting pressure on the rest of the scene, which to this point has been pretty lazy as far as release pace is concerned. Then we’ve got the producer, Ham-R, who also appeared on Seeda’s most recent record (raps and production). Aside from the coked out synths, I recommend paying attention to what he’s doing with his snares – even Bach Logic isn’t really touching this.

MINT – 変形合体 (“henkei gattai”). I’m not really sure how you translate this – the first part is like “transform” (as in “transformers” – get the reference to the original track now?) and the second is like “union”. So basically if you think about Robotron or maybe Power Rangers when they made that big robot or whatever (I hated that show, so I don’t really remember), that’s the idea.

Anyway, Mint is a pretty weird dude. I think a lot of Nihongo Rap fans might know him best from 韻踏合組合 (loosely, and lamely translated, “rhyme association”), but apparently he ditched that group in like 04. A lot of his rhymes are pretty juvenile, complete with crude sex references (think really hard about where you could go with the image of robots transforming/combining into one) and entire songs dedicated to his favorite anime shows, but really this guy is one of my favorite rappers, period right now. And, as I said in the original article, his version of the Chris Brown joint is far, far superior to the original, and I will gladly internet fight anyone who disagrees with me.

Be on the lookout for more Mint in an upcoming jawn. (thanks for reminding me, Timm)

Hannya – Blog #50. Instead of a blog, Hannya releases a new freestyle every week. Each of them are sort of upsettingly good. In this one, he’s (among other things) dissing the Japanese edition of Source Magazine, which I agree with, because while it was nice to have a hip-hop magazine in Japan, it was very irresponsibly written, and probably never should have been released. After 3 issues it died out, though, so whatever. I very highly recommend checking out Hannya’s most recent record, HANNYA – it was probably my favorite record of 2009.

Essencial – Bomb Rush Freestyle. Off of the Backyard Vol 1 mixtape. I think most people remember Smith CN (the first rapper) more than his counterpart, which I guess is unavoidable. Dude’s voice is just that bugged out. Smith CN himself has a new record out – I’ve only heard one cut, but it is very recommended.

a.z – untitled (off a beat CD I got from Mori). I have played at a few events with her, and still don’t quite get it. She’s the producer for a few acts around Tokyo, but the word is that she never listens to hip-hop, at all. She just makes the beats, gives them out, and gets back to work. Really weird, but recently she’s been putting out some nice material. This is probably a good name to keep an eye on.

and that’s it. Now, go back, listen to the Nihongo Rap episode again. And stay tuned for the next installment.

Hell, are people interested in this sort of thing? If you are, I’ll keep doing these and breaking them down – if not…I’ll probably do it anyway, but it’s nice to know what people are interested in.

MIXTAPE 129 – JIKO SHOKAI


MIXTAPE 129 – JIKO SHOKAI

はじめまして。高田馬場出身のでじと申します。日本のヒップホップ・ポッドキャストがあまり無かったから、自分で作ってみた。良かったら聴いてみてね。


トラックリスト

(BGM) Super Smoky Soul – Smile. かなり前に、てか考えてみれば2年あまり前に、サーキュレーションズの栗原さんに貰った。m/supersmokysoul.

S.L.A.C.K. – Hot Cake. ビートがいい加減というか、シンプルでいいというか。カッコいいから、後者かな。それにしてもスラック君のゆったりとしたラップ、いいな。m/slack56psg.

Norikiyo – In Da Hood (Punpee 地元は違えど Remix). オリジナルも充分カッコよかったけど、このリミックはまた一味違うね。つい口ずさむようなベースラインもハンパない。m/norikiyo.

M.T.Z. – スキル、リアル. M.T.Zはフリースタイルとかは昔やってたらしいけど、録音物はこれとあと一曲しかない。今回に出るラッパーとは違って、一小節に言葉を盛り込むスタイルは最初はちょっとアレと思ったけど、もっかい聴いたらこれはちょっとウケるなって思った。てか最後の「革命が起こらない」ってなんっすかw mtz-the-illest [at] hotmail.co.jp / @m__t__z

MINT – 変形合体. オリジナルよりも遥かにヤバイ。異論は認めない。@minchanbaby

AKLO – Player. A Day On The Wayを持ってない人はまずいないと思うけど、一応その一曲を入れてみた。彼のミックステープ(無料だからダウンロードして)の中で好きな曲は結構多いから一番好きなヤツはどれだって訊かれたら困るけど、この曲のちょっとイカれたフロウは特に気に入った。あとHam-Rの作曲っぷりも見せたかった。BLに例えられるのは多分しょうがないけど、Ham-Rのスネアの処理は…文字には説明しづらいけど、とにかく深い。わかんなかったら耳澄ましてもう一回聴いてみ。m/aklosound.

般若 – Blog # 50. 俺のポッドキャストが好きじゃなくても、是非般若のヤツは登録すべき。毎週ブログをフリースタイル形式でやる、しかもフリーダウンロードとして配信するアーティストって他は見当たらない。他のアーティストならせっかく書き留めたライムを大事にしといてアルバムで出すというのに般若は毎回ヤバイフロウを配信するってなんという余裕だろう。そう言えばソース誌が休刊になったって噂は本当だったみたいだな。別にいいけどね。hannya.jp.

Essencial – Bomb Rush Freestyle. みんなはもうKid’s Return聴きましたよね? m/backyardessencial.

(BGM) a.z – トラック5. これは(三千世界の)森に焼いてもらったRから取ったから、ちゃんとした曲名があるかどうかは知らない。A.Zもあまり知られていないと思うけど、それはもうすぐ変わると思う。森の話によると、a.zはヒップホップとかは全く聴かない。なのにこんな曲が作れる。どうかしてます。m/xxxxazxxxx.

ということで、今回はこの辺で!これからもがんがん出したいと思うから、よろしくお願いします!
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