Nihon Love.

Posted by hoodstakidd on September 28th, 2009 filed in hip-hop, Tammsta, trash talk, Video Games

Back in April of this year, the Tammsta and I finally fulfilled our long awaited goal of traveling to Japan. I first became interested in Japan through my love for video games, Japan being their birthplace, and through an interest in manga and anime. What was initially an infatuation with Japanese pop culture, grew to become an intense curiosity to know more about the people and country itself. Tammy also shared my interest and curiosity for all things Japan and we decided we had to go! Before we left, we took Japanese classes in order to learn how to read and speak the language and learn about the culture and customs of the country itself. I gotta be honest, I was a little nervous about visiting a country where english was not the first language and where the national pastime for unwinding is publicly bathing naked in an Onsen, or hot spring. Gettin’ my junk out in a foreign land for people I didn’t know, was not my idea of a great way to get your relax on! However, I wasn’t gonna let that stop me from embarking on a sweet adventure to the home of sushi, samurai and bullet trains. We went and it exceeded all my expectations completely. Heres a snippet of what we got up to(music by The Go! Team):

After coming home from our trip, the first thing we did was try to figure out when we could get back there and how soon!

Q. “Hey Hoodstakidd! Why are you writing about Japan and what the crap does it have to do with your blog?”

A. Not only was my trip an exercise in utter radness, but while I was over there, I was trying to find out more about hip hop culture in Japan. Two things stopped me from discovering much. One: We didn’t have much spare time in our schedule, and two: I hadn’t researched enough before leaving Australia. Oops. So all I really did was grab a craptonne of cds and visit Still Diggin’. A hip hop shop hidden away in a back street of the awesomeness that is Shibuya.

So here’s a brief taste of some stuff I brought back.

First up, GAGLE. These kids are dope. Hunger is a killer emcee and DJ Mistu The Beats has become one of my favourite beatmakers right now. Their videos are also sweet. Check the freshness:

Big Bang Theory. The track is a heater and Hunger spittin’ kanji, katakana and hiragana in the clip is ILL!

Sauetoroyoshi. These kids are funny. The album has some hits and misses but this track is cool.

Rhymester. These cats are one of Japan’s longest standing hip hop crews. This track is a lot of fun. Check check:

Anyhoo, you get the point. There was a side of me that became intrigued by the electro-pop stylings of the guilty pleasure known as Perfume, but we won’t go there! Japan is awesome, and I can’t wait to get back.

So, if you’re heading out to Blackstump this Saturday, you can catch a sneak peak at what I’ve been working on, as I rock the mic for your pleasure. Also, my man Oakbridge is launching his album, It Is What It Is, October 30 at Chatswood’s Monkey Bar, where i’ll be rocking support and joining him for the track we did for his album. More details to follow!

Til’ next time, big love!

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