Rip Slyme

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Rip Slyme
Background information
Origin Kanagawa, Japan
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1994–present
Labels Warner Music Group
Associated acts Shi Shi
Website Official website
Members Ryo-Z
DJ Fumiya
Past members DJ Shige
DJ Shouji

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 and Leaders of the New School.

To date they have released six indie singles with 17 major singles. They have also released two indie albums, ten major albums, one live album, one indies collection, and three best-of albums.


  • Ryo-Z: Ryouji Narita (成田亮治 Narita Ryouji), born 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
  • DJ 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.

Becoming more successful, they 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.

From late 2005 (after the release of Good Job! in August) through 2006, DJ Fumiya was on extended break, citing illness. For performances, a friend of the band, DJ Soma, was a stand-in. Fumiya's break led to several interesting side projects and collaborations from other members. Fumiya returned to activity for concerts in late summer 2006, and for the Rip Slyme release, Epoch.[1]

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". 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.

Rip Slyme has provided voiceover work as well as the ending theme for an episode of the Japanese dub of SpongeBob SquarePants.[2] The episode aired on May 6, 2009.

In 2010, Rip Slyme was one of the artists launched on Warner Music's new sublabel, unBORDE.[3]

Side projects[edit]

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.[4] The group released two albums: The Beatmoss Vol. 1 (2012) and The Beatmoss Vol. 2 (2013).[4] Pes released his first solo album, Suteki na Koto in 2012.[5][6]


  • Talkin' Cheap (1998)
  • Five (2001)
  • Tokyo Classic (2002)
  • Time to Go (2003)
  • Masterpiece (2004)
  • Epoch (2006)
  • Funfair (2007)
  • Journey (2009)
  • Star (2011)
  • Golden Time (2013)
  • 10 (2015)

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  1. ^ "Epoch RIP SLYME CD Album". 2006-11-29. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  2. ^ "RIP SLYME「スポンジ・ボブ」新テーマ提供&声優にも挑戦 - 音楽ナタリー". Archived from the original on 2009-04-08. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  3. ^ "Warner Music's new label unBORDE launches with Shinsei Kamattechan, RIP SLYME, Kusuo". 2010-12-20. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  4. ^ a b "The Beatmoss - rock band - jpop". Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  5. ^ "PES reveals details on his first solo album". 2012-08-23. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  6. ^ "Yahoo". Retrieved 2015-05-28. 

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