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Despite the vitality of Japan’s hip-hop scene at the moment, it’s rare for artists to make any dents in the consciousness of Anglophone listeners — the enduring popularity of Teriyaki Boyz’ 2006 track “Tokyo Drift (Fast & Furious)” notwithstanding.

Tokyo-based trio Dos Monos vaulted to the front of the pack when its debut album, “Dos City,” was released on adventurous U.S.-based indie label Deathbomb Arc last year. The secret to the threesome’s (admittedly modest) overseas success is hardly surprising: They don’t sound like the dominant modes of current American hip-hop, and are tremendously fun to listen to even if you don’t have a clue what they’re rapping about.

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