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RIP SLYME is a Japanese hip hop group.

The group was formed in 1993 by rappers RYO-Z, ILMARI, PES and former members DJ SHOGI and DJ Shige. In 1995, the group had their debut with the mini-album “Lip’s Rhyme”, and by 1996 both DJs had left the group.

Only in 1997 they would find a new DJ in DJ Fumiya, which joined the unit, as well as rapper SU, after what started as a collaboration in the track “Searching” from their first album, “Talkin’ Cheap”, released in 1998. In 1999 they took part in Dragon Ash’s Total Communication event. They became ever more successful and signed to Warner in 2000. The group shot to stardom with the release of first major label singles “STEPPER’S DELIGHT” and “雑念エンタテインメント” (“Zatsunen Entertainment”).

In 2002 they received MTV Video Music Awards Japan for “Best Newcomer” and “Best Hip-hop Group”. The same year they released a big-budget album “Tokyo Classic”, which became Japan’s first million-selling hip-hop album, with a sound compared to James Brown’s soul and funk. Two singles from the album, “Funkastic” and “Rakuen Baby” collected MTV awards in the following year.

Also in 2002, after being dissed by rapper K-DUB SHINE in his group キングギドラ’s song “公開処刑 feat. BOY-KEN”, the group replied with the phrase “THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND ADVICE AND SUPPORT!” at the end of the promotional video for the song “BLUE BE-BOP”. The artists have reconciled since then.


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