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Tokyo, Japan (1987 – present)

DJ Krush (Hideaki Ishii) was born in 1962 in Tokyo, Japan. Gifted producer & DJ with a superb sense in mixing and composing his sound who’s been greatly received in the international club scene. At an early age, Ishii dropped out of school, and joined a local gang, and a few years later, Yakuza. It was the movie “Wild Style” that got him into hip hop in the early 80’s, and in 1987, he formed KRUSH POSSE which made numerous appearances in various media as the best hip hop act in Japan.

Krush began pursuing his solo career after the break-up of the group in late 1991, and soon grabbed people’s attention as the first DJ to use turntables as live instruments, doing free sessions with live musicians on stage. He released his 1st album “Krush” in January 1994, and since then released countless records in Japan, Europe, US and around the globe. All his solo releases have ranked high in various charts in & out of Japan, and his 6th album “Zen” had been highly acclaimed and awarded the Best Electronica Album in 2002 AIFM Awards (US). His 8th album “Jaku” released in late 2004 has topped the RPM chart of CMJ for 3 weeks in the US. In March 2006, he released his first best albums in self-remixed style, “Stepping Stones”, making another huge buzz around the globe. In March 2007, a historical collection of the 12 years of his career ” Suimou Tsunenimasu” was released in Japan in a special DVD box.


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  • lucasthales


    28 Jul 4:27am Reply
  • Agera303

    Words just wont cut it. Get into the right mood and atmosphere, take a listen for yourself and you will understand the greatness of this guy.

    25 Mar 5:25pm Reply
  • KeyFarr

    New album droping this year in spring!

    30 Jan 7:50pm Reply
  • Shaped

    Never heard of this guy before, which is weird since I'm into a lot of hip-hop and Japanese producers. Anyways I'm totally sold, haven't felt this way about a new discovery in a while :)

    8 Jan 10:16pm Reply
  • mintmind

    come back to denver! fuck my life for missing that show.

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    I feel for the people that had their show cancelled, and the man himself, DJ Krush, for all the US Embassy run around that has him cancelling these live dates. My first attempt to witness DJ Krush was not meant to be.

    18 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Sentenzia22

    Stormy Cloud With Ken Shima, is fantastic

    22 Apr 2014 Reply
  • WickedIce


    14 Jan 2014 Reply
  • parm1der

    It'd be great if him and Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) did an EP/LP

    9 Jan 2014 Reply
  • MistaSyms

    Krush is the man. His funked out, jazzy, scratchy noir tinged beats have provided the soundtrack to some very memorable life-moments and finally seeing him live a couple years back blew my mind. While hypes and trends come and go DJ Krush quietly does his thing leaving the competition in the dust. His style defies easy categorization and raises his music above the flavour of the moment tracks that nobody remembers after the hype fades. Thanks for the awesome beats!

    10 Sep 2013 Reply
  • kirokage

    So glad I watched the Blade movie. It put me on Dj Krush.

    23 Aug 2013 Reply
  • ShuriK_Minsk

    Simply Fucking Awesome! I want to become a top listener!)

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • MikkoElo

    this guy's two least fascinating tunes are by far his most popular in spotify

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    Yo the correct tag for Green Rain is "蒼い雨 - Aoi Ame - Green Rain"! Are we not putting in the kanji in, as the releases on online show? I guess the kanji does pose some tagging issues for some. Glad to see it the top played track nonetheless.

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    I missed Swans the last tour. MBV didn't come to my city so I didn't have the opportunity to miss it. Hooray! But in fairness DJ Krush rarely tours North America, let alone Canada. (Played my city and my fav venue) So I guess the severity of my fuck up is the worst.

    8 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Mohamo

    Sorry for rubbing salt in the wound, but fucked up is a very apt description for missing out on his 20th ann. tour. Then again I missed out on My Bloody Valentine and Swans this year, which is a whole new level of unforgivable.

    6 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    I fucked up (for a lack of a better word) and missed his 20th anniversary tour. I'll never forgive myself for that.

    5 Jun 2013 Reply
  • AngrYPandA9

    Всю жизнь искал что-то подобное

    5 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Sodurc

    God damm, it's gonna be another year before he comes back to london KRUSH RETURN! TO LONDON!!

    23 May 2013 Reply
  • Ruska03

    Fuckin OG

    21 May 2013 Reply
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