|Labels||Warner Music Group|
|Associated acts||Shi Shi|
|Past members||DJ Shige
Rip Slyme (often stylized as RIP SLYME) is a Japanese hip hop group. It is composed of four MCs; Ryo-Z, Ilmari, Pes & Su, and a DJ, Fumiya. Their sound derives its influences from old school hip hop and other hip hop such as The Pharcyde, De La Soul, Public Enemy, Jurassic 5, the Beastie Boys, DJ Premier, Leaders of the New School.
- Ryo-Z: Ryouji Narita (成田亮治 Narita Ryouji), b. July 15, 1974
- Ilmari: Keisuke Ogihara (荻原恵介 Ogihara Keisuke), b. June 17, 1975
- Pes: Masatsugu Chiba (千葉昌嗣 Chiba Masatsugu), b. December 27, 1976
- Su: Kazuto Otsuki (大槻一人 Ōtsuki Kazuto), b. November 20, 1973
- Fumiya: Fumiya Takeuchi (竹内文也 Takeuchi Fumiya), b. March 14, 1979
The group was formed in 1994 by Ryo-Z and Ilmari, who were later joined by Pes (he attended the same school as Ilmari). The Rip in Rip Slyme stands for their initials. Slyme was a popular children's toy at that time. Their name is also a pun on the phrase "lips' rhyme". Winning an amateur rapping contest "Young MCs In Town", they started their musical career with their first album Lips Rhyme in 1995. Later they added DJ Fumiya (who had studied under East End X Yuri's DJ Yoggy) and Su (previously a backup dancer for East End X Yuri). In 1998 they released their second album, "Talkin' Cheap" and also took part in Dragon Ash's Total Communication event.
They became ever more successful and signed to Warner Music Group in 2000. By then they had released several indie singles including their EP "Underline No. 5" and "Mata Au Hi Made" which had received the help of Fantastic Plastic Machine. "Mata Au Hi Made" was released on Warner Music Group's Indies label. Their first major single was "Stepper's Delight" released 22 March 2001. The title was a play on The Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight".
In general, Fumiya composes most of the music, while Ryo-Z, Pes, Ilmari, and Su write their own lyrics. However, before Fumiya became a member, Pes composed most of the songs. Each member has tried their hand at composing music for Rip Slyme, and Pes occasionally plays guitar on some tracks (Such as Home and More & More, for example). Allegedly, Pes was in a rock band before being introduced to hip hop music by Ilmari and Ryo-Z.
In 2002 they received MTV Video Music Awards Japan for "Best Newcomer" and "Best Hip-hop Group".
The same year they released a big-budget album "Tokyo Classic", which became Japan's first million-selling hip-hop album, with a sound compared to James Brown's soul and funk. Two singles from the album, "Funkastic" and "Rakuen Baby" collected MTV awards in 2003. "Super Shooter", featured as a B-side to their single "Galaxy", is the theme song for the anime Gantz.
To date they have released 6 indies singles with 17 major singles. They as well have released 2 indie albums, 7 major albums, 1 live album, 1 indies collection album, and 1 best of album.
From late 2005 (after the release of Good Job in August) through 2006, DJ Fumiya has been on extended break, citing illness. For performances, a friend of the band by the name of DJ Soma has been standing in. Fumiya's break has led to several interesting side projects and collaborations from other members. Fumiya is supposed to have returned to activity for concerts in late summer 2006. He has returned for the latest Rip Slyme release, Epoch.
On 7 July 2007 Rip Slyme performed their single "Nettaiya" at Live Earth in Kyoto, Japan. Later that year, they would go on to release their fifteenth major single, Speed King, and their seventh Warner album, Funfair, shortly after.
In summer 2008, they released Taiyou to Bikini, their only single that year. Later that year, three digital singles would debut, all of which would be on the February 2009 single Stairs. Rip Slyme released their eighth album, Journey, on June 10, 2009.
Ilmari formed a short lived group with Kj and BOTS of Dragon Ash, and Shigeo of Skebo King called Steady & Co.. The group released their debut album Chambers in 2001. Ilmari and Ryo-Z along with Wise, Verbal of M-Flo, and Nigo the founder of A Bathing Ape formed a super group known as Teriyaki Boyz. The Teriyaki Boyz released two albums: Beef or Chicken (2005) and Serious Japanese (2009). In 2012 Ilmari formed a Hip-Hop/Rock band named The Beatmoss with Kosen, Yas, and Sohnosuke. The group released two albums: The Beatmoss Vol. 1 (2012) and The Beatmoss Vol. 2 (2013). Pes released his first solo album, Suteki na Koto in 2012.
Awards and nominations
- MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best Hip Hop Artist (Winner)
- MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best New Artist (Winner)
- MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best Live Performance
- MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Video of the Year - Rakuen Baby (Winner)
- MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best Group Video - Rakuen Baby (Winner)
- MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best Hip Hop Video - Funktastic (Winner)
- MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Album of the Year - Tokyo Classic
- MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best Group Video - Joint
- MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best Hip Hop Video - Joint
- MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best buzzASIA Japan - Joint
- MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best Collaboration Video - Hotei x Rip Slyme - Battle Funkastic (Winner)
- MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best Collaboration Video - Quruli feat. Rip Slyme - Juice
- MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best Hip Hop Video - I.N.G (Winner)
- MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best Group Video - I.N.G
- MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best Pop Video - Taiyou to Bikini
- Rip Slyme「スポンジ・ボブ」新テーマ提供＆声優にも挑戦
- Warner Music’s new label unBORDE launches with Shinsei Kamattechan, RIP SLYME, Kusuo
- Teriyaki Boyz
- Dragon Ash
- Steady & Co.
- Fantastic Plastic Machine
- East End X Yuri
- Da Pump
- Kaela Kimura