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Japan’s All-Time Top 5 Hip-Hop Producers and Beat Makers

I wrote this for Tokyo Weekender. I also got some other other other other work (later on that), an essay, several artists interviews (in process), and a short story(submitted). Read “Japan’s All-Time Top 5 Hip-Hop Producers and Beat Makers,” here. Everybody on that listicle is a legend, but revisiting Uyama Hiroto’s Freeform Jazz was ridiculous. Did anybody write about that record?     freeform jazz by uyama hiroto

5 Things We Saw at Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2019

Tokyo Rainbow Pride week is the largest annual LGBTQ celebration in Japan. This year, all throughout Golden Week, from April 27 through May 6, there were various parties, parades and conferences dedicated to this year’s theme, “I have pride.” When I walked through the festival, I got a snapshot of LGBTQ’s fight against systemic discrimination in Japan. They want the right to marry. They want to be protected against employers that fire or refuse to hire people based on sexual

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TMG Track Picks Weekly 4-22-19

MBv5 by Will'stone feat Le Bon Wu-Tang Pulp by Wrecking Crew The Future Will Be Confusing by Chris Crack Crackheads Live Longer Than Vegans by Chris Crack Soldier by A.M. Breakups

Stay on Bangers: Filmmaker Darryl Wharton-Rigby

The reality of African-American directors making Japanese movies isn’t as rare as it may sound. Aside from Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour’s Born With It, there are several others, including director Darryl Wharton-Rigby, a Baltimore native whose been living in Japan on and off for fifteen years. He wrote, directed, and produced his second feature film Stay (2018). Set in Tokyo, Japan, the story is a cross-cultural romance about finding love at the wrong time. Ryuu, a former salary man, is an addict

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