Cream (Japanese group)

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Cream
Genres
Years active2010-present
LabelsAvex Trax
Websitewww.creamofficial.com
MembersMinami, Staxx T

Cream is a Japanese hip hop group consisting of singer-songwriter Minami and rapper/track-maker Staxx T.[1] Their musical style is influenced by hip-hop, pop, rock, and electronic dance music (EDM) -- which they collectively refer to as "new jpop."[2] The group takes its name from a fusion of the words "creative" and "team". The group creates their music by having Minami compose a song's lyrics in English, after which point Staxx T translates it into Japanese.[3]

Biography[edit]

In 2010, they released "DJ Deckstream presents ICEKREAM SOUNDZ Vol. 1" which became #1 on iTunes Hip Hop Charts for four consecutive weeks. Since then, they have been releasing original content on their YouTube channel CREAM VISION. Their first album, DREAMIN' was released through Avex Group in January 23, 2013 with the lead single "Shooting Star" which ranked #1 on USEN HIT JPOP.[4] The album was ranked #1 on iTunes Japan Top Song Chart and the duo performed a release tour with 29 performances in 24 cities.[5][6]

In addition to their own work, both Minami and Staxx T actively compose lyrics and music for various artists. These artists include M-Flo, Namie Amuro, BoA, ICONIQ, V6 (band), and MADEMOISELLE YULIA.[7][8]

Minami[edit]

Born in Hong Kong on February 9, 1989, but raised in Kobe, Japan, Minami Minami decided early that she wanted her career to center on her hobbies of either music or movies. She is bilingual in Japanese and English and sought every opportunity to sing and write songs. She was eventually discovered by M-flo's Verbal who has become her mentor. She continued to develop with Verbal's help and has written songs for a variety of artists.[2]

Staxx T (Rapper) / T'Z BEETZ' (Track-maker)[edit]

Born and raised in Osaka Japan, Takuma Kitahashi (Staxx T) was interested in music from a young age. After being introduced to hip hop music at the age of 15, he performed live for the first time at the age of 17 when he discovered his passion as a musician. He soon began producing his own music and was featured in the hip hop magazine TIGHT. Aside from music, he also modeled for the hip hop fashion magazines including 411. In 2005 he entered a live battle contest hosted by DJ MASTERKEY and sponsored by Coca-Cola where he won first place in the MC/Vocal Department. His talent as a lyricist garned him more attention as he began writing for a variety of other artists.[2]

Cream Vision[edit]

Beginning in 2011, the two began uploading videos onto their YouTube channel CREAM VISION either weekly or biweekly. Uploads include original songs, behind the scenes footage, live performances and cover songs in Japanese. Their channel has garnered over 17,000,000 views and 100,000 subscribers and continues to grow.

Albums/Singles Discography[edit]

DREAMIN'[edit]

Cream's debut album DREAMIN' was released in January 23, 2013.

No.TitleLength
1."Intro" 
2."Once In A Lifetime" 
3."KISSING (flip side)" 
4."Shooting Star" 
5."Without You" 
6."Nightmare" 
7."Whatever feat. WISE & Tarantula" 
8."DREAMIN' (interlude)" 
9."DREAMIN'" 
10."Me Cho Creamy" 
11."Money Money Money" 
12."Fireworks" 
13."RUNAWAY" 
14."Goodbye" 
15."Wait Your Turn" 

#nofilter[edit]

Cream's second studio album #nofilter was released April 30, 2014.

No.TitleLength
1."#nofilter" 
2."Nobody" 
3."PARTY CHAKKA-MEN" 
4."Just Like You" 
5."Hobokano" 
6."Beautiful" 
7."WINNER" 
8."You Never Know" 
9."Forever Young" 
10."Wonderland" 
11."Hurry Up" 
12."Far Away" 
13."See The Light" 

Summer Mix 2014[edit]

The Summer Mix was released in September 17, 2014.[9]

No.TitleLength
1."STAY" 
2."Shooting Star" 
3."Wonderland" 
4."Whatever feat. WISE & Tarantula (Spontania)" 
5."Me Cho Creamy" 
6."Hurry Up" 
7."Beautiful (TJO & YUSUKE from BLUSWING Remix)" 
8."Forever Young" 
9."#nofilter" 
10."Hobokano (Bonus Track)" 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CREAM、主催イベント8月23日開催。「Wonderland」『DREAMIN'+1』リリース&Staxx Tのバースデー". Barks. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Official CREAM website". CREAM. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  3. ^ "[Interview Vol.1/2] CREAM 'I Got So into Bob Marley When I Was in Elementary School.'". Barks. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  5. ^ http://www.syncmusic.jp/wordpress/?p=2587
  6. ^ http://www.artimage.co.jp/top/english/cream.html
  7. ^ "サマソニデビューも果たしたCREAM、主催イベントを開催!". Infoseek Woman Japan. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  8. ^ http://www.jpopasia.com/group/cream/
  9. ^ http://allaboutcream.weebly.com/