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There are at least four known artists under the name Verbal:
1) a Japanese hip-hop MC and music producer;
2) a post rock band from Bergamo, Italy;
3) a Washington DC-based instrumental rock trio;
4) an MC from Kragujevac, Serbia.

1) Verbal, real name Ryu Yeong-gi (류영기 / リュウ・ヨンギ), born August 21, 1975 in Tokyo, Japan, is a Japanese third generation Zainichi Korean hip-hop MC and music producer. He is best known for being a member of the group m-flo, but is also a member of MIC BANDITZ and Teriyaki Boyz. As a solo artist, he has released under the name L UNIVERSE, and in 2010, he debuted under his Verbal moniker with the single, Fall Out, which featured the vocals of up-and-coming male vocalist SHUNYA.

Born in Japan, in 1985, Verbal’s parents moved to Boston in the United States for work. When at a YMCA summer camp, Verbal was first exposed to hip-hop music, in the form of Run-D.M.C.’s “It’s Tricky” when the other children sung the song on the bus for the camp. He was impressed and influenced by the hip-hop culture of New York, and at 14 years old he started writing lyrics in English. His parents moved back to Tokyo, and Verbal attended St. Mary’s International School. He met Taku Takahashi (?Taku Takahashi) there, and the pair formed a rap rock band called N.M.D. in 1992. The band received many offers from major record labels after their live performances, however as Verbal did not see being a rapper as a practical career, he turned down these offers.

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  • PetitSagittaire

    v [Verbal is a Zainichi, which is a Japanese person of Korean descent] lol @ weeaboo failing at Japanese language

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • donuthoes

    @TheRealCZ Verbal is a Zainichi, which is a Japanese person of Korean descent. So, it;s Japanese Verbal...

    24 Jul 2013 Reply
  • hanzou-sama

    @TheRealCZ: Sure, well, maybe, I realise about that in the Teriyaki Boyz times (comparing HeartBreaker with WORK THAT for example) , I think now he sounds less husky

    3 Jun 2013 Reply
  • TheRealCZ

    "Japanese Verbal", but he's Korean. @hanzou-sama I think it's just the way he raps has changed. He still does rap in a lower register from time to time, but not all the time like he used to back in 99-02.

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • hanzou-sama

    It's me or his voice changed a lot comparing his recent and earlier stuff, or is just the way he raps which changed?

    12 Oct 2012 Reply
  • T0mPeters

    Setting the standard for the new definition of cool

    11 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Rael1974

    There is only one Verbal. Stomp dem cockroaches what!

    11 May 2012 Reply
  • EwertonFelix_

    BLACK OUT \o/

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
  • oGhRe

    Berghèm Verbal.

    7 Apr 2012 Reply
  • eplizo

    love visionair and verbal himself ♥_♥

    2 Apr 2012 Reply
  • eplizo

    Japanese Verbal owns you all. [7]

    2 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Krissytinn

    Japanese Verbal owns you all. [6]

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
  • tomfordfan

    US instrumental rock band Verbal = only Verbal that matters. < us instrumental rock bands are never relevant, pressed stans need to leave. [3] Japanese Verbal owns you all. [5]

    7 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Twinblads

    Japanese Verbal owns you all. [4]

    23 Dec 2011 Reply
  • YumEmiKo

    Best current pic for a long time.

    10 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Xbxg32000

    Japanese Verbal owns you all. [3]

    21 Nov 2011 Reply
  • nostalgicwindow

    US instrumental rock band Verbal = only Verbal that matters. < us instrumental rock bands are never relevant, pressed stans need to leave. [2] Japanese Verbal owns you all. [2]

    5 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Strychnyne

    Japanese Verbal owns you all.

    12 Oct 2011 Reply
  • MissGiza

    seriously visionair is one of my favorite albums...its so so good. >w<

    24 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Sakuramodern

    US instrumental rock band Verbal = only Verbal that matters. < us instrumental rock bands are never relevant, pressed stans need to leave.

    24 Sep 2011 Reply
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