Record: 根こそぎ (Nekosogi - 2007)
Shank's essential rating: 4.5/5
Shank's Message to the People: "No matter what you do, you do it again, you f*ck up, you do it again, you f*ck up, you do it again, you f*ck up; and one day, you might just get it right!"
The Tokyo Trawler's Essential Review:"You're gonna be a salary man, or you're gonna be what else?", asks Shank, our interviewee, and I think we can safely say that self-proclaimed* gangster rapper Hannya has chosen the 'something else' route. On Yachatta (loosely translated as "Oh shit, I did it"), this motor-mouthed* Japanese rapper takes us through some of life's lower points with a witty* twist*. Providing an intriguing* insight* into Japanese culture (the strict drug rules, love hotels, 'goukon' blind date parties), the clean production, staccato* Japanese rap delivery* and unusual bongo-style percussion, whilst being quite different to the stuff we're used to hearing, might just hold some appeal for Western hip-hop fans.
Category: A foot to the floor, windows down-er
The Tokyo Trawler's message to the people: Make sure you click the link below and check out the music vid for this - really funny stuff.