Shing02

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Shing02
Birth name Shingo Annen
Also known as Vector Omega
Born 1975
Tokyo, Japan
Genres Alternative hip hop, underground rap
Occupations MC, producer, activist, inventor
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1996-present
Labels E22, Mary Joy Recordings
Associated acts Terracotta Troops
Freelancers Utd
The Knocks
Kosmic Renaissance
Nujabes
Website www.e22.com

Shingo Annen (born 1975), better known by his stage name Shing02, is a Japanese rapper and producer. He was described by Patrick Neate as one of the Japanese emcees who "have addressed important issues from Japanese ethnicity to sexual exploitation to the education system."[1]

Due in part to growing up in Western cities, Shing02 stands as one of the few multilingual rappers from Japan able to compose songs entirely in either Japanese or English. His rhyming style makes use of lyrics which are largely conceptual in nature and his hip-hop sound is known for blending various influences, ranging from reggae to traditional Japanese music to jazz. The style of music has made him a significant presence within the underground rap community, and he has achieved recognition beyond the scene for rapping "Battlecry", the theme song of the hip-hop-influenced chanbara anime Samurai Champloo, produced by Japanese jazz rap DJ Nujabes.[2]

Biography[edit]

Shingo Annen was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1975 and grew up in various cities of Tanzania, London, and Japan. At the age of fifteen, Shing02 moved to the San Francisco Bay Area of California just following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, where he became involved in various creative arts programs. He then moved to Berkeley for schooling and studied art at the University of California, Berkeley.[3]

Living in the Oakland and San Francisco Bay Area he became immersed in the hip-hop scene amongst direct descendants of members of civil rights movement groups such as the Black Panthers and Asian American activists. Shing02 has said of his music that "it was natural to have political and social messages in my music; I was fortunate to be exposed to it."[3]

In 2010, Shing02 teamed up with Japanese-American jazz vocalist Emi Meyer for her second album, Passport. The two initially met via Myspace and Meyer joined Shing02 on his summer tour of Japan in 2008, after which they began work on Passport.[3]

Shing02's remix of the song "Odakias" by Ryuichi Sakamoto was uploaded to Sakamoto's SoundCloud in July 2012.[4]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Homo Caeruleus Cerinus (1999)
  • 400 (2001)
  • Waikyoku (2008)
  • ASDR (2012) with Chimp Beams
  • 1200 Ways (2013) with DJ $HIN

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Shing02 Limited Express Mix (2003)
  • For the Tyme Being (2009)
  • For the Tyme Being 2 (2010)
  • For the Tyme Being 3 (2012)
  • Live from Annen Annex (2013)
  • For the Tyme Being 4 (2013)

EPs[edit]

  • Evolution of the MC (2003)
  • iTunes Live from Tokyo (2008)
  • Jikaku (2013) with Kaigen

Singles[edit]

  • "A Day Like Any Other" (1998) with El-P, Murs and Yeshua Da Poed
  • "Pearl Harbor" b/w "Japonica" (1998)
  • "The Empire" b/w "Laid in Japan" (1998)
  • "Gigabyte" b/w "Streets of Tokyo" (2000)
  • "My Nation" (2001)
  • "Yukoku" (2002)
  • "400" (2002)
  • "Y-Song" (2004)
  • "2005" (2005)
  • "Anoi" (2006)
  • "Game" (2007) with Ghostface Killah and Napoleon
  • "Big City Lights" (2008)
  • "Wankyoku" b/w "Katsubou" (2008)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • The Grouch - "Car Troubles Pt. 2" from Nothing Changes (1996)
  • SupremeEx & Tajai - "Contact" from Projecto: 2501 (2000)
  • Five Deez - "Sexual for Elizabeth" from Koolmotor (2001)
  • DJ Top Bill - "Farewell to a Friend" and "Avatar" from Prelude to One Dollar Store (2003)
  • Nujabes - "F.I.L.O." from Metaphorical Music (2003)
  • Nujabes - "Luv(sic) Part 1" (2001)
  • Nujabes - "Luv(sic) Part 2" (2002)
  • Nujabes - "Luv(sic) Part 3" from Modal Soul (2005)
  • Nujabes - "Luv(sic) Part 4" (2011)
  • Nujabes - "Luv(sic) Part 5" (2012)
  • Nujabes - "Luv(sic) Part 6" (2013)
  • Nujabes - "Battlecry" from Samurai Champloo Music Record: Departure (2004)
  • Pismo - "Velodrome" from Within Transition (2006)
  • Rebel Familia - "Ghost Town" from Guns of Riddim (2007)
  • Suburban - "Shiori" from Suburban (2007)
  • KK - "Lift the Fog Up" from Light in a Fog (2007)
  • Goodings Rina - "Daitoshi o Densha wa Yuku" from Daitoshi o Densha wa Yuku (2007)
  • Eccy - "Ultimate High" from Floating Like Incense (2007)
  • Tokimonsta - "Start Again" from Bedtime Lullabies (2008)
  • The Heavymanners - "Taiyo" from The Heavymanners (2008)
  • Eccy - "Halo: Ten" from Blood the Wave (2009)
  • DJ Baku - "Goooooooooooal!!!!!!!" from The 12 Japs (2009)
  • Meiso - "Yomichi" from Yoru no Touzoku (2009)
  • Ken Ishii - "Over Driver" from The Works + The Unreleased & Unexpected (2009)
  • Lems - "Gala Dress" from Ping Pong Box (2009)
  • Candle - "Ragumi" from Tsukimi Soushi (2011)
  • Tamurapan - "Demo Nai" from Worldwide (2012)
  • Chimp Beams - "Aquatrium" from Slowly (2012)
  • Self Jupiter & Kenny Segal - "Outer Rings" from The Kleenrz (2012)
  • I-Dep - "Fuku" from Da Base (2012)
  • Kero One - "The Last Train" from Color Theory (2012)
  • Marcus D - "One People" from Melancholy Hopeful (2012)
  • Haruka Nakamura - "Luv(sic) Part 2 - Aucoustica -" from Melodica (2013)

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • "Blank Paper" on Tags of the Times (1997)
  • "Ecdysis" on Tags of the Times Version 2.0 (1998)
  • "Monster!" on Catacombs (1999)
  • "Competition Within" on Strictly Indee (2000)
  • "Confessions (of Three Men)" on Tags of the Times 3 (2001)
  • "The Clash: A Call to Arms" on African Jag Vol. 1 (2006)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Neate, Patrick (2004) [2003]. "Part Two: Tokyo". Where You're at: Notes from the Frontline of a Hip Hop Planet. London: Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 77. ISBN 0747563896. 
  2. ^ Watanabe, Shinichiro (2007). ROMAN ALBUM: Samurai Champloo. Mangaglobe/Shimoigusa Champloos, Dark Horse Comics Inc. p. 56. ISBN 1-59307-642-8. 
  3. ^ a b c Poole, Robert Michael (April 16, 2010). "Jazz singer Meyer raps up second album, 'Passport'". The Japan Times. Retrieved May 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ Corkill, Edan (July 5, 2012). "Sakamoto gently rallies the troops for No Nukes 2012". The Japan Times. 

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