The J-pop world could use a few more artists like Chanmina. In the leap from high-school MC battles to the commercial mainstream, she has managed to hone her pop appeal without sacrificing her swagger. Anyone who calls their debut single “Fxxker” isn’t trying to make fans the old-fashioned way.
On sophomore album “Never Grow Up,” the 20-year-old continues to pivot between outlandish raps and earworm melodies, delivered with the most insouciant pout since Anna Tsuchiya. It’s a slicker and less pugnacious record than her 2017 debut, “Miseinen” (“Underage”), with one eye on the international market and the other checking itself out in the mirror.