Thursday, April 23, 2009
From an unassuming background, Tokyo Hip-hop artist VERBAL could very well be considered the strongest link between a relatively misunderstood Japanese rap scene and that of Hip-Hop globally. Beyond the smooth English rhymes lies another noteworthy aspect of VERBAL as an influential member of the Harajuku fashion community, which comes as no surprise given the strong bond and well-documented relationship between Hip-Hop and style. Born as a third generation Korean in Japan, a career in the music industry was never in the cards for the artist legally known as Young-Kee Yu. However with a series of relationships built in his youth alongside musical-minded individuals such as Lisa and DJ Taku, a path into Japan’s music world was never that far off. This is his story and a talent that will undoubtedly increase in visibility and recognition with each coming project.