OMSB counts his blessings on 'Think Good'

Jun 26, 2015

OMSB counts his blessings on 'Think Good'

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Rapper and producer Brandon Katou (aka OMSB) is an artist that, while humble, exhibits a sense of pride in his work atypical of Japanese artists. In recent interviews he’s done for his new album, he’s compared himself to big-name acts like Kendrick Lamar and ...

Mathematics tracks the hip-hop 'revolution'

May 7, 2015

Mathematics tracks the hip-hop 'revolution'

Of all the music styles to emerge in the last 50 years, none took the world by storm quite like hip-hop, say researchers who have tracked pop’s evolution with hard stats. More than disco, funk or heavy metal, hip-hop and its spin-off rap appear ...

Pigeondust seeks out the story in a sample

Apr 3, 2015

Pigeondust seeks out the story in a sample

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When Chiba-based hip-hop producer Yuta Yamaoka, better known as Pigeondust, isn’t busy flipping through crates of dusty vinyl at used record shops, he’s at home dissecting and connecting bits and pieces of sounds, lifted from those records. “I could make music from scratch if ...

DJ Krush taps into tradition for RBMA

Oct 9, 2014

DJ Krush taps into tradition for RBMA

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This month, artists from 34 countries will congregate in Tokyo for the latest edition of the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA), a caffeine-fueled creative hothouse organized by the world’s most ubiquitous energy drink brand. For participants, the event offers a chance to attend closed-door ...