Japanese rapper Tigarah is truly one of a kind. She’s among the only female MCs on the planet with a major label deal. She’s part of an even smaller group of Japanese rappers on the scene. And she’s realy, really cute! Seriously.
Influenced by electro, pop, hip hop, and Brazilian Baile Funk, Tigarah spent her formative years living in Japan and traveling between Sao Paulo and Rio, where she immersed herself in Brazilian culture and collaborated with local musicians. Shortly after majoring in political science at Keio University, she started writing songs on her own in her tiny room in Tokyo. In 2003, she met producer MR. D in Rio, with whom she has been recording tracks with since. After self-releasing an EP, the duo landed a record deal in 2006.
After touring throughout Asia and Europe and building her international following, Tigarah nabbed a U.S. deal with Universal and moved to Los Angeles to start making her major label debut. Revolution is scheduled for spring 2008, with the singles “Roppongi-Dori” and "Color, Culture, Money, Beauty" already garnering a big buzz. In addition, "Color, Culture, Money, Beauty" will be featured in the upcoming EA game FIFA 2008.
Tigarah was kind enough to drop by The Engine Room in Hollywood to rap about American videogames 'n' stuff (she likes Super Mario more than Donkey Kong, fyi) over a raw Bruce Yi beat and explain the cultural differences between hip hop in the Far East and here in the U.S. of A. And as you can see from her sexy performance, Japanese freestyling is more about the rhythm and where the groove takes ya than the hardcore attitude.
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