Wild and crazy Japanese pop hip-hop.
Emiko Shibamura, who released the music video for her new single "Akindo Fighter," back in March has arrived in epic fashion.
Prior to her foray into pop hip-hop, the 65-year-old rapper was a student who worked for Hitori Saito, one of the wealthiest men in Japan. Soon Shibamura was running most of Saito's business empire, a company called Marukan.
Shibamura, now one of Japan's wealthiest women, owns the deed to a plot of land on the moon, along with a reserved seat on World View's planned first flight to the moon.
At the behest of a vision she had, in which the spirit of a white dragon told her to go to Hollywood and make a music video, Shibamura did just that. The video, directed by Michael Laburt and Daniel Merlot, has more than 1 million hits on YouTube.
EMIKO SHIBAMURA "AKINDO FIGHTER" - OFFICIAL VIDEO youtu.be
"Akindo Fighter" opens on disco flavors embellished with a bubble-gum hip-hop beat, as well as nuances of jazz. A metalcore-like breakdown full of rumbling drums and infuses the tune with a dark energy.
The video, both trippy and wildly entertaining, blends references to Green Acres, The Shining, Sesame Street, the Blue Man Group, and Keeping Up With the Kardashians, as blue-skinned steroid monkeys pop their pecs, shooting smoke and laser beams from their nipples. Meanwhile, Shibamura not only rides the white dragon across the sky but appears in avant-garde outfits sizzling with panache.
Even with all this going on, what's most impressive is that Shibamura can rap.
Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.
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The ice cream company released a powerful statement this week.
With Black Lives Matter protests popping up left and right, lots of well-known public figures and companies are taking a stand against police brutality.
Celebrities are putting their lives on the line protesting, childrens' toy companies are donating tens of thousands to organizations like the NAACP, and even infamous YouTube stars are hitting the streets. But Ben & Jerry's—yes, the ice cream brand—have made the most detailed statement of all.
"The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy," reads a lengthy statement on the Ben & Jerry's website. "What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that has treated Black bodies as the enemy from the beginning."
The statement continues: "Four years ago, we publicly stated our support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Today, we want to be even more clear about the urgent need to take concrete steps to dismantle white supremacy in all its forms."
Ben and Jerry then outlines a four-step plan to end white supremacy. First is calling on President Trump to disavow white supremacy, instead of calling on the military to shoot American protesters. Second is calling on Congress to pass H.R. 40, a bill with instructions to study racism, its deep roots in American history, and how antiquated beliefs are still prevalent today. Third is creating a task force to help increase police accountability, and fourth is a "call on the Department of Justice to reinvigorate its Civil Rights Division as a staunch defender of the rights of Black and Brown people." Trump has never made plans even half that detailed!
It's a little sad that ice cream companies are more adamant about ending centuries of white supremacy than our own government officials even at the state level. Especially when other companies have issued statements that attempt to overshadow their previous racist actions, Ben & Jerry's commitment to justice is admirable. Ben and Jerry are officially the two coolest white boomer men we know, and we will be celebrating by vacuum-inhaling three pints of Chunky Monkey.
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