DJ Krush

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DJ Krush
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Background information
Native name 石 英明
Birth name Hideaki Ishi
Born (1962-07-29) July 29, 1962 (age 51)
Tokyo, Japan
Genres Instrumental hip hop, trip hop, turntablism
Occupations DJ, producer
Instruments Sequencer, turntable, sampler, mixer
Years active 1985–present
Labels Shadow, Mo' Wax, RED Ink, FFRR
Associated acts Krush Posse, Ryu, Toshinori Kondo, DJ Shadow
Website www.sus81.jp/djkrush/

Hideaki Ishi (石 英明 Ishi Hideaki?, born 1962 in Tokyo, Japan), better known by his stage name DJ Krush, is an alternative hip hop producer and DJ. He is known for his atmospheric instrumental production which incorporates sound elements from nature and extensive use of jazz and soul samples.

Early life[edit]

Ishi was born in 1962 in Tokyo. Ishi dropped out of school at an early age and joined a local gang, and a few years later, the yakuza. Early into his career as a yakuza underling, Ishi discovered a severed finger wrapped in paper on his desk. Later, after discovering that it had belonged to his best friend, he decided to leave the yakuza and cut ties with the criminal underworld.[1]

Career[edit]

Aside from being considered one of the pioneers of Japanese hip hop,[2] Ishi has established himself as one of the most respected artists and producers in the hip hop industry, both in Japan and abroad. Upon entering the industry, Ishi, with his experimental beats and instrumental sounds, changed the face of hip-hop at a time when it was dominated by the American rap scene. He is reluctant to identify his music with any particular genre, for it would place limits on his listeners and on his talents.[3] He has been regarded as ambient, trip hop, some combination of the two, and hip hop. DJ Krush prefers to exercise an ideological distance from the genres he is usually grouped into, while maintaining a healthy appreciation for all music forms and styles.[4]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Bad Brothers (1994) with Ronny Jordan
  • The DJ Krush EP (1995)
  • Code 1255 (1999) with Gravity

Singles[edit]

  • "Lost and Found" b/w "Kemuri" (1994) with DJ Shadow
  • "A Whim" b/w "89.9 Megamix" (1995) with DJ Shadow
  • "Big City Lover" (1995)
  • "Dig This Vibe" (1995) with Roni Size
  • "Meiso" (1995)
  • "Headz 2 Sampler" (1996) with Zimbabwe Legit
  • "Only the Strong Survive" (1996)
  • "Milight" (1997)
  • "Selektions" (1997)
  • "Final Home" (1999)
  • "Tragicomic" (2000) with Aco and Twigy
  • "Never Too Soon" (1999) with DJ Hide and DJ Sak as Ryu
  • "Rhythm Asobi" (2000) with DJ Hide and DJ Sak as Ryu
  • "Supreme Team" b/w "Alepheuo" (2003)
  • "Koufu no Tsubasa: Breathe of Wings" (2011)
  • "Kuon: Far and Away" (2011)
  • "Shuya no Chiheisen: Sleepless Horizon" (2011)
  • "Kagi no Te: Phasic Swing" (2011)
  • "Kouro: Optical Path" (2012)
  • "Kuroi Ame: Black Rain" (2012)
  • "Aoi Ame: Green Rain" (2012)
  • "Genun: Passage of Time" (2012)
  • "Kyofu: Conflicts" (2012)
  • "Yushin: Brave Heart" (2012)

Mixtapes[edit]

Compilations[edit]

  • Cold Krush Cuts (1997) with DJ Food and Coldcut
  • Reload: The Remix Collection (2001)
  • Stepping Stones: The Self Remixed Best: Lyricism (2006)
  • Stepping Stones: The Self Remixed Best: Soundscapes (2006)
  • OuMuPo 6 (2007)

DVDs[edit]

  • History of DJ Krush (2007)

Guest appearances[edit]

Remixes[edit]

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • "Only the Strong Survive" and "A Whim" on The Story of Mo'Wax (1995)
  • "Shin-Ki-Row" on Altered Beats: Assassin Knowledges of the Remanipulated (1996)
  • "Ryu-Ki" on Offbeat: A Red Hot Soundtrip (1996)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fuller, Thomas (2002-01-18). "DJ Krush Gives the Turntable an Asian Spin - NYTimes.com". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  2. ^ Condry, Ian. Hip-hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 2006.
  3. ^ Manabe, Noriko. "Representing Japan: ‘national’ style among Japanese hip-hop DJs." Popular Music, 32, pp 35-50 doi:10.1017/S0261143012000530. [1]
  4. ^ "Asia Pacific Arts: Krushing Labels". Asiaarts.ucla.edu. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 

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