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Only the Strong Survive by DJ Krush

"Slip into the world of shiesty individuals."

Artwork - Meiso by DJ Krush

Back in ’08 I started to get into Japanese hip hop pretty heavily. I cycled through most of the popular DJ’s out there and was impressed by their use of soul and jazz samples. One thing in particular attracted me to some artists over others – the use of MC’s. Nujabes is no doubt my favorite for this very reason, but a few others have also done this with much success, notably DJ Krush. Although, I’ve checked out a couple of his albums and really enjoyed it, I think I need to take another look at this talented DJ.

Only the Strong Survive is one of only a handful I listen to of his on a regular basis. CL Smooth’s, featured MC on the track low-toned, voice glides soulfully over Krush’s jazz instrumentals. What does me in on this track is the kick drum along with the brass instrumentals, really hits the ear right. Give it a listen and give a shout out to your favorite DJ from Japan (I want more!).

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Download: Only the Strong Survive

DJ Krush Information:
Genre: Hip-Hop
Origin: Tokyo, Japan
Birth Name: Hideaki Ishi
Label: Mo’ Wax
Albums: Krush | Meiso | Milight | Kakusei | [...]
Similar Artists: DJ Shadow | Nujabes | Fat Jon
Links: Wikipedia | Facebook | Sus81.jp | Last.fm | AllMusic

Only the Strong Survive Information:
Album: Meiso
Release Date: April 6, 1996
Featuring: CL Smooth
Buy Links: Amazon

Comments

  1. Tsmith says:

    I really enjoy this. I think it is important to take a look at where hip hop is going from around the world. It makes me, and this is just my opinion, two things. Although America I believe invented rap, we are falling behind with the innovation of hip hop in the main stream. Secondly The idea that the beat is most important thing is a false, We need to get back to intellectual and thought out lyrics, that is what I miss.

  2. Kimkyok says:

    I love DJ Krush, one of the pioneers in J-Urban music. It would have been awesome to see him perform in Yokohama.