Samurai Champloo and Japanese Hip Hop

Samurai Champloo is quite simply one of my favorite works of fiction. Moreover, its impact on connecting hip hop, J-Hip Hop and anime cultures cannot be understated. As evidenced in the above intro song, the show incorporates elements of breakdance and hip-hop music, resulting in thrilling animated sequences of fighters doing table-top spins and flips. The background, with rapper Shing02 and Force of Nature utilizes English rapping and the ethereal style of beatmaking made famous by J-Hip Hop legend Nujabes (Seba Jun)

In this scene, we not only hear the virtuoso rapping of Force of Nature, but we see graffiti and traditional, Edo-period Japanese culture as well. What is striking about this scene is the mix of cultures, and how the director incorporates both

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