Designed to provide a forum for the study of hip-hop in Japan, this archive has drawn interest from nearly 100 international scholars—an indication of the degree to which hip-hop has become a cultural force throughout the world. This archive includes the music and words of Japanese hip-hop artists, as well as some contrasting examples from the worlds of Japanese pop, folk, rock, enka, and children’s music. Featuring just a small sampling—about a dozen music videos plus some supporting materials—the archive nevertheless offers a window into the diversity of popular music, whether political or commercial, incisive or insipid. The collection can be used to illustrate a variety of post-war issues in Japan, including attitudes toward gender, the education system, 9/11, and the Iraq War.
Hyperstudio RoleProvided conceptual support and integration into the Metamedia platform. Enabled access by international scholars.
HyperStudio Team: Belinda T. Yung
Project Lead: Ian Condry, associate professor of Japanese cultural studies and author of Hip-Hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization