Tha Blue Herb

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Tha Blue Herb
Live on stage, 2016
Live on stage, 2016
Background information
OriginSapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
GenresAlternative hip hop
Experimental hip hop
Underground hip hop
Years active1997–present
LabelsTha Blue Herb Records
Associated actsDJ Quietstorm
DJ Dye

Tha Blue Herb is a Japanese alternative hip hop trio based in Sapporo, Hokkaido.[1] They formed in 1997 and now consist of three members: Boss the MC a.k.a. Ill-Bosstino (MC), O.N.O. (producer, formerly live DJ until DJ Dye joined Tha Blue Herb in 1999) and DJ Dye (live DJ). They also run a record label called Tha Blue Herb Recordings.

James Hadfield of The Japan Times described Tha Blue Herb as "the Company Flow of Japanese hip-hop."[2]

Beside releasing several albums and singles as the group, O.N.O. also released solo works, while Ill-Bosstino participated in Herbest Moon (with producer Wachall) and Japanese Synchro System (with producer Calm) and also worked with DJ Krush and Audio Active amongst others.



  • Stilling, Still Dreaming (1998)
  • Sell Our Soul (2002)
  • Life Story (2007)
  • Total (2012)


  • Underground vs. Amateur (2000)
  • Front Act (2002)
  • The Future Is in Our Hands (2003)
  • The Way Hope Goes (2005)
  • Phase 3 (2007)


  • "The Shock-Shine Revolt" (1998)
  • "The Ring of Wisdom / The Wind Blows from the North" (1998)
  • "Underground vs. Amateur" (1999)
  • "Times Are Changing" (2000)
  • "Trans-Sapporo Express" (2000)
  • "Annui Dub: Thank You Very Much My Friend" (2000)
  • "3 Days Jump" (2001)
  • "Front Act" (2002)
  • "The Future Is in Our Hands" (2003)
  • "Roads of The Underground" (2004)
  • "Chie no Dub / Pusher on the Street" (2005)
  • "My Work / My Faith" (2006)
  • "Phase 3" (2007)
  • "The Suburbs of Hip Hop / A Special Night" (2007)
  • "Straight Years" (2009)


  • Heat: Original Soundtrack (2004) a soundtrack album for Heat


  • Enbu (2007)
  • That's the Way Hope Goes (2007)
  • Straight Days (2009)


  1. ^ Condry, Ian (2006). Hip-Hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization. Duke University Press. p. 83. ISBN 978-0-8223-3892-5.
  2. ^ Hadfield, James (22 June 2007). "Tha Blue Herb "Life Story"". The Japan Times.

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