RAP AROUND THE WORLD 1.1
Last time we saw how well Mongolians do rap and how well rap fits in with Mongolian values.
Today I want to show you an example of Japanese rap.
However, before I show it to you, we need to explore how alien Japanese culture is to the American culture that engendered rap music. The Japanese love to imitate American cultural phenomena, but when they do, they often miss the soul of the experience and insist on developing aspects of the American form that really are incidental to the music itself.
For example, the following vid is what happens when the Japanese try to imitate The Backstreet Boys. You don’t have to watch all of it if you don’t want to. But I do ask that you watch enough to see what I am talking about.
American rap music experienced a different fate at the hands of Japanese enthusuasts. Like the Mongolians, they seem to “get it.”
Also, notice they rap in Japanese with a small sprinkling of English – but Japanese is primary.
The Japanese never really got a handle on rock and roll, but rap – no problem. I find this fascinating and a little mysterious. What is it about rap that is so mutable across cultures?