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The History of Hip-hop in Japan: From the Origins to Today by RJHH

Japanese hip-hop, and Japanese rap in particular, has become an influential cultural force, while remaining true to its Japanese roots. This talk explores the fascinating history of this musical and cultural movement, which has followed its own path while incorporating elements of global hip-hop.

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Japanese rap has been marked by a diversity of styles and sub-genres. From conscious rap with politically engaged lyrics to gangsta rap, jazzy and alternative, the Japanese rap scene has followed a varied trajectory. It has also evolved linguistically. Early rappers often used English, but over time the Japanese language has become the norm. This has created a new musical and linguistic identity.

From lively hip-hop festivals to collaborations with renowned international artists, this musical movement continues to develop and influence many aspects of Japanese society. Japanese artists have appropriated hip-hop in creative ways, adapting it to their own cultural and social contexts.

Attango and Sonikem will take you on a journey back in time to the beginnings of Japanese hip-hop in the 1980s, highlighting the early artists and groups who embraced the movement, despite language and cultural barriers. Audiences will discover how Japanese rap began to flourish, influenced by both American rap pioneers and the unique realities of Japan.

Discover the evolution of Japanese rap from the 90s to the present day. A period marked by major events, unexpected collaborations and the development of various sub-genres. Learn how Japanese rap has evolved over the years, adopting new sounds and visual influences. A key aspect of the conference will be the influence of Japanese rap on contemporary Japanese society.

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