You may know Fukuoka rapper Izumi Makura from her beautiful song “Shiritai,” which was played in the first season of the anime “Space Dandy.” Yeah, in the episode “A Merry Companion Is a Wagon in Space, Baby” where Dandy meets a little Gentooan girl named Adélie on planet Humbolt and tries to bring her back to her family. Wow, that was nerdy. But I love that show.
The Japan Times once featured Izumi in an article called “Rap gets a new delivery from a wave of female artists“: “Hip-hop is a major force on the American music charts, but its presence has been less prominent in Japan,” Patrick St. Michel writes. “Elements of the wider culture have found their way into teenage wardrobes and pop-video dance routines, but even Japanese rappers admit they have a hard time grabbing the attention of new fans. Izumi Makura has been slowly building a following.”
Izumi’s new track is called “Makura,” like… you know… her last name…, and it was just released before her upcoming album “Identity” hits the shelves. If you’re into Japanese music and like the new trend of female Far Eastern rappers, you should take a look at Izumi Makura’s former releases like “My Room My Stage” and “Ai Naraba Shiteru.” They are awesome.
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