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Kohei Japan

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Kohei Japan is a famous Japanese hip-hop emcee, and a member of the Japanese rap group, Mellow Yellow. He was born in Yokohama, Japan, and discovered hip-hop while working as a chef. Many of his songs illustrate the contrasts between his Japanese culture and Western hip-hop influences. Indeed, in his song “Hungry Strut”, he proclaims that he eats “rice, not bread, and fish, not meat”, thereby asserting that while being a member of the hip-hop culture, he remains Japanese. He shows his attachment to Japanese culture by wearing a traditional kimono in many of his appearances. In fact, on his album “The adventures of Kohei Japan”, he appears on the cover as a kabuki character in a woodblock print The album cover is very interesting, because his hands make the universal “funk” sign, clearly showing the contrasts between a traditional Japan and a hip-hop culture.

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