Fusicology goes in-depth with West Coast/Tokyo based, multilingual Japanese Hip Hop artist, Shing02

Interview by Dashaun Simmons

Photos provided by Richard Louissant

On April 18th the Museum of Natural History held a joint exhibit involving the embrace of Bollywood and Japanese Anime by the American public. Amongst the walls which house dioramas of ancient civilizations in North America and other parts of the world, a Japanese rapper named Shing02 was rocking the mic with his DJ Icewater on the decks. It makes sense for Shing02 to perform in this venue due to his song “Battlecry”, which is the opening theme for a popular anime series “Samurai Champloo”. I got the chance to sit down with Shing02 to discuss the meaning of some of his lyrics, his relationship with the late great producer Nujabes, and how he likes his Japanese cuisine.

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For more information on Shing02: http://www.e22.com/shing02/

For more information on New York – Tokyo: http://www.newyork-tokyo.com/wp/

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