Ouji, Japan / 1990
He was born on April 22nd, 1990, in the town of Ouji in Kita Ward Tokyo City. Composing lyrics that express the practical and often rough side of life in a raw and powerful form, he has an uncategorized style that is free of musical genres gaining immense support of mainly a young audience domestically and internationally. On top of his music endeavors, he is actively involved as a fashion model on the runway, such as providing artworks that he had a core involvement in at various exhibitions, proving himself to be an artist beyond that of a rapper and musician. In November 2012, as the no-name artist, he released his first piece, “YELLOW T△PE”.
In the song “FAMILY” recorded in the 2012 release, the daily struggles of a drug-dependent mother in a metropolitan city and her coming out as an addict were portrayed naturally and realistically, with listeners wanting more. In August 2013, he released his 2nd mixed tape called “YELLOW TAPE 2”. The song “JUNJI TAKADA” was introduced in Mr. Junji Takada’s radio show “Daily Paradise of Takada Junji” and gained widespread attention.
In February 2014, he was featured on the digital media platform VICE, which holds viewership over 30 countries. It was VICE’s first feature on a Hip Hop artist from Japan. In July 2014, he released his 2nd Album, “MONOCHROME”. This was his first Album that was released and turned heads when it was released due to the sequence of firing the 2nd produced Album first. This release ranked 6th in the iTunes overall album chart and 1st in the Hop Hop/ Rap category, an immense feat for a new artist. In October 2014, he was the show model for FACETASM, a fashion brand by Hiromichi Ochiai featured on the Mer cedes Benz Fashion week Tokyo.
In January 2015, he released his 1st Album, “Kuchinashi”. It ranked 1st on the iTunes overall album chart and 1st on the Hip Hop / Rap charts. In the same month, he took part in the song “It G Ma (feat. Jay Allday, Loota, Okasian, KOHH)” by Korean artist Keith Ape. The music video was a hit worldwide with over 1million views within the first month of release. As of April 2016 t the view counts have exceeded 21 million.
From June 2015, he released other projects; YELLOW TAPE 3 (2015), DIRT(2016). In March 2016, he was part of the line-up of FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL 2016. In April 2016, he gained recognition for his artistic works in France, for which he was invited to take part in the French Foreign Ministry exchange meeting. In June 2016, he will be releasing his 4th Album, DIRT II.