Soul'd Out

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Soul'd Out
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Hip-hop
R&B
J-pop
Years active 1999–2014
Labels Sony Music Japan
Associated acts EdgePlayer, S'capade, AI, LISA, BoA
Website Sony music site
Members Diggy-MO'
Bro.Hi
Shinnosuke

Soul'd Out (usually stylised as SOUL'd OUT) is a Japanese hip-hop band that consists of three members: Diggy-MO' (Main MC), Bro.Hi (MC/Human Beat Box), and Shinnosuke (Trackmaster). Their name is a pun of "soul (music)" and "sold out". The group is sometimes referred to by their initials, S.O. On 30 January 2014 it was announced via their official Facebook page, that SOUL'd OUT would disband after their final album "To From" is released on 9 April 2014.

Biography[edit]

Diggy-MO'[edit]

Diggy-MO', the lead MC for SOUL'd OUT, acquired a foundation of music through several years of classic piano training. In middle school he formed a band which was heavily influenced by the hip-hop group The Roots. Diggy-MO' attended a university of fine arts to major in graphics, but he continued to dabble in music. In SOUL'd OUT, he, along with Bro.Hi, writes the lyrics for the music, and he composes and arranges a good number of works for the band. He is classified as a rapper, but he often sings in his songs, especially his solo works, which are not as heavily hip-hop and urban based as SOUL'd OUT's works are.

He launched his first solo effort, the single Bakusou Yume Uta, on 2008 November 26th. It was used as the 3rd ending theme of the anime Soul Eater. Diggyism, his debut solo album, hit shelves on 2009 March 25. His last solo single before reuniting with SOUL'd OUT, Stay Beautiful, was announced as the 23rd ending theme of the anime series Bleach, and was released on 2010 May 12. The follow-up album, Diggyism II, came out on 2010 July 7.

Bro.Hi[edit]

Bro.Hi is the beat box/MC for SOUL'd OUT. During middle school, he formed and band and manned the drums. While seeing The Roots, Bro.Hi experienced his first exposure to the method of the human beat boxing. Afterwards, he began to polish the skills in human beat boxing. With Soul'd Out, Bro.Hi helps to write the lyrics and performs backup MC. Artists who influenced Bro.Hi are The Roots, RZA, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Nas, Naughty By Nature, Lauryn Hill, TLC, Aaliyah, Zhane, The Who, The Doors, Janis Joplin, The Jam, Inoue positive water, DJ Krush and Utada Hikaru.

Bro.Hi also formed his own rock group with a fellow DJ and rapper by the name of Kay, named EdgePlayer. Their debut mini-album is called In Humanity. On 2009 September 2 they released their first official single, Nagarete. Their second album is called Twisted. It was released on July 21, 2010.

Shinnosuke[edit]

Shinnosuke is the DJ for Soul'd Out. Although he studied oil painting and design into high school, he was also fascinated with music. While in elementary school, Shinnosuke began playing the trombone and formed a brass band; he then progressed to the keyboard. At high school graduation he started making his own original music which came from observing Jam & Lewis. Later, he looked towards DJing music. Shinnosuke utilizes creativity, imagination, and puts heart into his music. Along with Diggy-Mo, Shinnosuke composes Soul'd Out's music, helps in the arranging process, and has been know to "bring the mother fucking beat". Shinnosuke has been influenced by P-Diddy, TrackMasters, Timbaland, Neptunes, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Teddy Riley, Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers, BabyFace, TJ.Kura, Rodney Jerkin, Tim & Bob and Prince.

As a solo artist he goes under the name S'capade. His debut album S'capade was released June 6, 2010.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Soul'd Out - released 27 August 2003
  • Movies & Remixies - released 10 December 2003
    • CD/DVD compilation of remixes and music videos
  • To All Tha Dreamers - released 2 February 2005
    Second closing theme for anime series Yakitate!! Japan
  • Movies & Remixies 2 - released 18 May 2005
  • Alive - released 8 March 2006
  • Lulu Bell (ルル・ベル ruru beru?) - released 20 April 2005
    • vinyl selection from Alive including one exclusive track
  • Remixies & Outside - released 21 June 2006
  • Pop'n Top - released 21 June 2006
    • vinyl selection of songs and remixes from Alive
  • Single Collection - released 27 December 2006
  • Attitude' - released 23 January 2008
  • Flip Side Collection - released 5 March 2008
    • B-sides compilation. Includes B-sides from singles like "Wekapipo," "To All Tha Dreamers," and "Starlight Destiny" for a total of 15 tracks
  • Movies & Remixies 4 - released 30 July 2008
    • CD includes remixed tracks from their 4th album "Attitude". DVD covers all 5 PVs from "Starlight Destiny" to "Cozmic Travel".
  • so mania' - released 29 August 2012
  • Decade' - released 23 January 2013 - A best of 2-disc album, including one new track "TooTsie pOp"
  • To From' - released 09 April 2014 - This is to be their last album before disbanding.

Singles[edit]

  • "Wekapipo" (ウェカピポ?, Wake Up People) - released 22 January 2003
  • "Flyte Tyme" - released 9 April 2003
  • "Dream Drive"/"Shut Out" - released 9 July 2003
  • "Love, Peace & Soul" - released 19 November 2003
  • "1,000,000 Monsters Attack" - released 21 April 2004, This song also appeared on the soundtrack of FIFA Football 2005.
  • "Magenta Magenta" - released 14 July 2004
  • "Blues" - released 3 November 2004
  • "To All Tha Dreamers" - released 1 January 2005, Ending to the anime Yakitate!! Japan
  • "Iruka" (イルカ?, Dolphin) - released 31 August 2005
  • "Alive" - released 7 December 2005
  • "Tokyo Tsūshin ~Urbs Communication~" (TOKYO通信〜Urbs Communication〜?, Tokyo Communication) - released 8 February 2006
  • "Catwalk" - released 26 April 2006
  • "Starlight Destiny" - released 27 September 2006
  • "Grown Kidz/Voodoo Kingdom" - released 21 February 2007, Voodoo Kingdom appeared in the theatrical film of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's Phantom Blood arc.
  • "Megalopolis Patrol" - released 5 September 2007, This song is used as the Opening Theme of the Japanese version of The Boondocks.
  • "Tongue Te Tongue" - released 3 October 2007, The 2nd of the 3 month continual releases.
  • "Cozmic Travel" - released 28 November 2007, 3rd featured single of continual releases.
  • "and 7" - released 27 April 2011
  • "superfeel" - released 25 April 2012
  • "Singin' my Lu" - released 1 August 2012, Ending to the anime Uta Koi

Videos[edit]

  • Tour 2003 "Dream'd Live" - released 25 February 2004
  • Tour 2005 "To All Tha Dreamers" - released 14 September 2005
  • Tour 2007 "Single Collection" Live at Nihon Budokan - released 18 July 2007
  • Tour 2008 "Attitude" - released 30 July 2008
    • Held on April 23, 2008 in JCB Hall, Tokyo Dome City, the Live DVD covers the final performance from their Japan tour 「Tour 2008 "Attitude"」.

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