Shing02 - 湾曲 (Waikyoku)
Shing02 is a Japanese rapper that was born in Tokyo, Japan and was raised in Tanzania, England and Japan. When he was 15 years old, he landed in California and eventually got involved with hip hop music. In 1996 Shing02's music was promoted back in Japan and as a result he won many fans through his unique hip hop sound. Shing02 is also the inventor of the Vestex Faderboard, which is a keyboard-like instrument that uses faders.
Shing02 has released his highly anticipated album last year called 湾曲 (Waikyoku) which means "distortion" or "bend" in English. The overall concept of 湾曲 (Waikyoku) is deals with the themes of being a human being and "overcoming the trials and tribulations of the spiritual side" (from Shing02's interview with ElectricSistaHood on 10/30/2008). Here is the music video of the title track featuring Jazz singer Emi Meyer and drummer Motoki Yamaguchi.