Had to give a shoutout to the new release from the French-Canadian duo 4d + Kicketsnare. One track features my friend Shibito, from the amazing Tokyo group Origami. I’ve talked and blogged and written a good deal about Origami, and they’re the main focus of my upcoming book on Japanese hip hop. Shibito has been working in Canada quite a lot lately.
This stuff has a great weird-organic vibe: A little bit goofier than Origami, but you can see how he’d fit in. Click the pic to check it out.
This blog will encompass all of my writing, including the academic. My latest major social science publication was this past August, in the journal Communication, Culture, and Critique. It’s quite apropos to this blog, since it was a by-product of my larger book project on the most underground and weird of Japanese hip hop.
This work was the product of some really fun detective work, and owes a lot to my friend the activist and music journalist Futatsugi Shin. In the course of writing it, I was threatened by one of Japan’s biggest rappers, and exposed a serious shortcoming, maybe even an outright fraud, in the currently defining work on Japanese hip hop.
Not too surprisingly, noone noticed.
The Sakura of Madness: Japan’s Nationalist Hip Hop and the Parallax of Globalized Identity Politics