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Tokyo's Meguro district (2003 – present)

HALCALI is a Japanese rap-pop duo from Tokyo’s Meguro district. Its two members, Haruka (Halca) and Yukari (Yucali) also comprise the group’s name; a concatenation of “Haru” and “kari”. Haruka, born April 21, 1988 and Yukari, born July 18, 1987 originally met as finalists at a hip-hop audition held in a local school in the Meguro district, where both were born.

At their inception, the girls were produced by Oshare Track Factory (OTF) comprised of producing artists RIP SLYME, RYO-Z and DJ Fumiya and signed to Tokyo-based record label, For-Life Music Entertainment (FLME).

Released in 2003, their debut single, タンデム (Tandem) and accompanying music video paid “double homage” to the RIP SLYME song ステッパーズ・ディライト (Steppers Delight) which originally parodied the song Rapper’s Delight by American artists The Sugar Hill Gang as well as various video game and pop-culture references, including the Super Mario Bros. and 宇多田ヒカル (Utada Hikaru). Following the success of this single, were the equally-successful songs エレクトリック先生 (Electric Sensei) and ギリギリ・サーフライダー (Girigiri Surfrider). The latter of which had a PV parodying Michael Jackson’s Beat It, gaining the two much publicity.

Their initial album, ハルカリベーコン (HALCALI BACON) was released in 2003, and made Japanese history by reached #5 on the Oricon charts, making it the first album by a female hip-hop artist to enter the top ten.

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  • soushokukeiDino

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7I5c7Wkpmms more solo HALCA stuff. Pretty creative for simple pop.

    10 Jul 5:45pm Reply
  • soushokukeiDino

    where did you read that?

    10 Jul 5:45pm Reply
  • stevenkeys

    They're working on an album, last I read.

    14 Jun 2:46am Reply
  • SoundPiggy

    I MISS THEM SO MUCH

    8 May 1:49am Reply
  • soushokukeiDino

    So, since the beginning of 2013, they haven't had any new activities. Not even concerts. There's no official word yet, but they seem to have disbanded. Both of them update their respective blogs. HALCA in particular has been very busy. She has been doing a lot of camera work, photography, published 2 books, and even did a small live concert just two days ago, under the name "HALCA Toy Orchestra" where she writes and performs the music herself, made from toys. It sounds pretty interesting, and very Chara-esque. Here's a song that she wrote and performed and did the photography of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euHiTTY764Y

    31 Mar 4:34am Reply
  • warmjuice

    just realised that (500) 日のマジック doesn't scrobble :(

    19 Mar 11:58pm Reply
  • yume2kki

    thanks to HALCALI, i discovered the wonderful world of j-pop. ♥

    16 Jan 2:33pm Reply
  • sora-kara

    i miss these girls. :( where did they go?

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Tom_Langley

    come to brazil

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • helveticaotsu

    come to brazil

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • helveticaotsu

    i miss tracks like おつかれSUMMER and strawberry chips

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • justiceblob

    It breaks my heart that they're so uninspiring these days. Just watching Baby Blue makes me realise how fresh and original they were. I get the impression that their label doesn't really give a crap about them...

    26 Jul 2013 Reply
  • soushokukeiDino

    Pray there's a DVD of their halcali picnic live. They performed 26 songs there.

    18 Jan 2013 Reply
  • soushokukeiDino

    CDJ sets aren't very long unless you're a headliner.

    18 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Jedidude77

    they only played six songs?

    10 Jan 2013 Reply
  • soushokukeiDino

    I added a little to their messy wikipedia article. Gonna try to work on that whole thing. Can't believe how much time it takes.

    5 Jan 2013 Reply
  • soushokukeiDino

    Here's their setlist from CDJ12/13: 1) ストロベリーチップス -fascinate mix- 2) アティテュード 3) 煩悩ダンス 4) Turn It Around 5) Quest Love 6) 春狩道~19の夜~

    5 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Jedidude77

    cyborg oretach is like bacon

    31 Dec 2012 Reply
  • soushokukeiDino

    Their 2nd album is somewhat similar, but their music changes each album.

    6 Dec 2012 Reply
  • OmerNurelian

    BACON is so good, do they have another album that is good like it?

    1 Dec 2012 Reply
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