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SUITE CHIC is the name of a special project bringing together well-known names from Japanese hip-hop and R&B. It is centered around vocalist Namie Amuro.

Having released two albums and two singles, SUITE CHIC allowed Namie to explore using R&B in her work and also served as an introduction for many of the artists involved to the music scene, helping them gain recognition.

The idea of SUITE CHIC emerged from a conversation between Verbal (of m-flo) and IMAI Ryôsuke: the two found themselves debating who could be the Japanese equivalent of Janet Jackson. Both came up with Amuro Namie’s name and subsequently sent demo tapes to the singer, who decided to accept the project. The name SUITE CHIC came from VERBAL, who thought it evoked images of class and style and with such a name, various artists and producers quickly began expressing interest in working with the project.

SUITE CHIC’s first single GOOD LIFE came out in December of 2002 and sold 30,000 copies in limited editions. On this track Namie was accompanied by FIRSTKLAS, who also wrote the music and lyrics and co-produced the song with IMAI Ryôsuke and ZEEBRA. GOOD LIFE met with moderate success and launched SUITE CHIC’s name into the public eye.

Three months later the single Uh Uh… was released in February 2003.


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