Their album went to Top 1 Album on French iTunes Charts, so big up and Congratulations to CRADA for this success!!
I also have something interesting to know about France:
Since 1994, there is a french law that states that at least 40% of all airplay music on the radio or television needs to come from french artists. This actually boosted the sales of national artists, and led the way for smaller artists like Daft Punk, MC Solaar, Manu Chao etc. to get bigger and become international artists.
There are pros and cons as I think it is some sort of censorship on one hand.
On the other, you have better opportunities as a local artist to actually become bigger and make a living from music, which is getting harder more and more these days.
More french labels opened up, as they knew there is a certain guarantee that their music will be played!
Today is the birthday of a great hiphop producer who passed away way too early.
Instead of saying RIP, I wanna tell him Happy Birthday. I think he would be very happy to know that he actually left some traces on this earth and people still remember his music.
I really love this beat here. Actually, I remember the first time I heard this beat on the "BE" Album of Common. It was actually the first time I went to Japan back in 2005. I sat on the Airport Limousine Bus from Narita Airport, and to this day associate the beat with my first trip to your country and all the impressions I made.
Furthermore, if you have some time, here is a three part documentary on J Dilla by Stüssy.
first of all let me thank you for your feedback and your downloads for the Desert River Remix I made. I am actually very happy with the result so far!
Domo Arigatou Gozaimasu.
As I feel great, I wanted to share this song with you as I consider myself a professionel dreamer myself.
Looptroop-Rockers - Professional Dreamers
Looptroop is a swedish Hiphop group who are doing music since the 90s and who are rapping in English. In fact, they do this very well, as Sweden (as the rest of the scandinavian countries) have a pretty good school system with learning English and everybody learns English. This is added by the fact that all movies from America are not dubbed - They are always in English in Swedish Television.
Anyways, back to topic: I really like the song, it feels very much like a summer song (and me personally I would have advised them to release not in January but in May), but here it is.
The video was shot in Barcelona, Spain with a professional skateboarder and really sets the mood of the song here.
To finish this post, I wanna share a quote with you that means a lot to me and also relates to dreaming.
"Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today."
I got back from Hamburg, and had lots of fun. I met with a couple of friends that joined me on my last Japan visit in November/December last year.
Hamburg is a great city, and whenever you have the chance to come Germany, you should check it out!
It's a port town in the north of Germany and it feels a bit like Yokohama, especially the bay area. I failed to make some nice shots as the iphone camera sucks at nighttime (and I was drunk lol), so I dug up these two pics that I liked.
Since Hamburg's the topic of this blog I thought I take the opportunity to show you some example of Hiphop from Hamburg.
There is one guy who must be mentioned - it's "Samy Deluxe", Hamburgs most famous rapper and also one of the most successful in Germany.
Samy started as a straight spitter, he always was a great freestyler and his favorite topic was weed, however with age and time he kinda changed and his music grew with him.
This is one of his earlier hits, a weedsmoking anthem and the video is filmed in Amsterdam. :-)
His biggest hit until today definitely was "Weck mich auf" (Wake me up), where he talked about a lot of issues from the perspective of the youth about what is going wrong in this country - actually kinda similar when Seeda dropped "Dear Japan" song. I found a video with English subtitles so you guys can understand what he is saying.
Now a father himself, he is helping on lots of youth projects in Germany and his music style changed as well.
Weekend is there, and I will leave Frankfurt for the weekend and head to beautiful Hamburg in the Northern Part of Germany. I hope I can blog some pictures later this weekend.
My friend "Chrishimself" from a local blog called "RUN FFM" just informed about an interesting documentary about cassette tapes featuring NAS. Make sure to visit his blog too, and show his twitter account some follower love!
It's a great documentary and it actually made me think and reminisce a lot, as cassette tapes were so important during my youth and when I was a teenager.
I can still remember how I plugged my stereo system to the television to record the songs from Yo! MTV RAPS - for me, it was the only chance to get all these great hiphop songs from Brand Nubian, Grand Puba, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth etc., as it was very hard to get hiphop music in stores back then in Germany.
It was a niche genre, from a different country. Times have changed dramatically in fact - today everybody uses the internet, you can get everything you want (and stuff you don't want as well) in the glimpse of an eye. Back then we had cassette tapes, and the resulting mixtapes were rare - you couldn't buy them, they were created with effort and detail.
I also remember how we always gave special mixtapes to girls we had a crush on - as the girls knew that it cost some time to actually record the right songs and mix them on a tape. And sometimes the mixtapes worked magic - sometimes they didn't. :-)
But I also remember how shitty the downside of cassette tapes often where - the tape screwed up in the deck, broken tapes where I tried to use duct tape to fix my beloved cassette, or tapes that I played so often that the recorded music sounded like hell.
Nevertheless, cassette tapes were always a part of Hiphop, please never forget that.
Dear Japan,as mentioned in my very first blog post I also want to show you some German Hiphop Artists and their songs, as it might be interesting to see what "ze Germans" do over here.
I wanna start off my series of German rap videos with "Kool Savas", probably the most famous MC in Germany.
"Kool Savas" is a legend in German Hiphop and been in the game since many years. I also really like the video which was shot, directed and edited by my friends from the Famefabrik, a video production crew who have lots of buzz in Germany as they create videos that look really expensive but aren't :-)
Oh and thanks for all the new twitter followers! Keep it coming, people! Chris Mako Twitter
Maybe some of you have heard of soul artist "Nneka", who is getting more and more famous as we speak - with her wonderful soul music influenced by her african roots.
A great song is Heartbeat:
Now, in order to promote her music in the United States her label requested a remix of this song to give it a more "urban" touch, and my man "CRADA" was hired to do the job. Additionally, we got the amazing opportunity to work with a legendary Queensbridge rapper to bless the remix too - none other than "NAS" himself.
I was also very happy and lucky to see Pete Rock performing last November in Shibuya at Club Microcosmos, wonder if any of y'all readers was there too - He had a great set and played a lot of classics. Good Times indeed. Peace!
This is Chris Mako from Doitsu. I was invited by Seeda to write on this blog too, and I am very honored that he asked me! I am sorry but my written japanese is really bad, so I will blog here in English, I hope you guys will understand!
So I suppose I am to introduce myself too so that you understand what I do and what I will blog here. I am a friend of Seeda and we got in contact through music business basically. I take care of the productions of a German urban music producer called "CRADA" in Japanese Market, and once approached Seeda with some song ideas - the rest is history, "CRADA" produced three songs on Seedas "Breathe" Album and I hope you guys liked them! :-)
Besides this, I also produce hiphop myself since many years, beeing an avid hiphop fan since I was twelve years old. But in the last years I kinda opened myself for hiphop from all around the world and not only from the US, and there is so much good stuff from everywhere and Germany too, I hope I can show you some examples in my blogging future.
And yeah, I love japanese hiphop, although it is very hard for me to follow the lyrics, I can tell if someone has good flow, good voice and of course the right beat.
So anyways, my video of today is from The LOX and called "get that paper" produced by my man CRADA - really mellow production on this one, like it a lot!
That's it for today, cos I gotta take care of my paper too! Let's get that Yen, people! (^_^) <-- Even if my japanese writing sucks, at least I can do the emoticons haha.