#PinkFriday as tweeted by @ebonifiyah @TokyoTwilighter

@NickiMinaj

Last week @ebonifiyah decided to take a listen to @NickiMinaj ‘s debut album #PinkFriday.  Well actually she was “Bored on the way to work so I’m listening to Pink Friday against my better judgement.”  Inspired by her tweets @TokyoTwilighter decided to join in on the #Twitter Review of #PinkFriday as well and here’s a tweet by tweet break down of the album as the ladies listened to the tracks.

1. “I’m the Best”  

@ebonifiyah This is cool until the chorus. Whoever suggested she sing that hook is not her friend.

@TokyoTwilighter Is it just me or does ‘im the best’ and ‘right thru me’ have similar beats… or maybe this is her ideal tempo? *check ‘right through me’ *check ‘im the best’ yeah… must be the same keys but different sounds or octaves.

2. Roman’s Revenge” (featuring Eminem) 

@ebonifiyah Roman’s Revenge absolutely sucks.

@TokyoTwilighter Like you trying to be… huh? Wait what did you just say??? #pinkFriday googling lyrics now.  This is an awful beat. what did you use?# headache…ugh… when does eminem come on? #pinkFriday We went from scratching nails on a chalkboard to a jack hammer breaking through concrete… Instrumental… dance break… something break please

3. “Did It on’em” 

@ebonifiyah Jury is still out.  I was however saying ‘shitted on em’ by the end of the track. #feelingbrainwashed

@TokyoTwilighter Decent but thanks to ur inability to make a clean track/get more lyrically creative this can’t get radio play #pinkFriday

4. Right Thru Me” 

@ebonifiyah We have already agreed that the only good thing about “Right Thru Me” is that fine man in the video. think I hit the R&B section of the album.

@TokyoTwilighter ‘Right thru me’ is awful … except for my excellent memory to remember that beautiful man in the video

5. “Fly” (featuring Rihanna) 

@ebonifiyah not a fan of the rapping lyrics on “fly” but i do like how rhi rhi sounds.

@TokyoTwilighter Unless your song is about the insect ‘fly’ dont call it ‘fly’ so overused. unless you’re writing a gospel song.  Actually don’t use the word fly period.  Unless… you’re talking about the insect or the fly on a man’s pants.

6. “Save Me” 

@ebonifiyah Not a horrible song.  Lyrics are kinda dope but seems misplaced on this album

@TokyoTwilighter  lol i was like this is a great beat! and then realized I had skipped in my itunes out of #pinkFriday to something @ekskwizet_beatz made.  Earlier advice abotu song titles, same goes for the title ‘save me’ only if you’re writing a gospel or theme song for law&order : SVU #pinkFriday i like that drum at 2:00 tho

7. “Moment 4 Life” (featuring Drake)  

@ebonifiyah the vocals on this one make me think nicki can actually sing, underwhelmed lyrically

@TokyoTwilighter #pinkFriday this song would be great… if TI and Rihanna…. BOB and Hayley Mills hadnt already done a better version of the same concept.  I wish she had rapped and found a guy to sing… thatd be different at least

8. Check It Out” (featuring will.i.am) 

@ebonifiyah sounds like it should be the theme song to that reality tv show Bad Girls Club  Bunch of chicks with no substance swearin they are the baddest chicks walking screaming about their haters

@TokyoTwilighter i just started to chew my imaginary bubble gum. i wish i had on some high tops with a PINK swoooosshhhhh #pinkFriday wow this track went from early 90s… to autoTune 2009 to a quick trip to the house floor… like im in a club with 5 rooms… oh damn u ruined my 90s vibe with auto tune at 2:04 $*&! i wish ‘check it out’ had a spanish version… how do i say ‘check it out’ in spanish?

9. “Blazin” (featuring Kanye West) 

@ebonifiyah I don’t hate “Blazin”. The voices she makes actually amuse me.

@TokyoTwilighter …. that’s all i can say.  even the Kanye verse is weak.

10. “Here I Am” 

@ebonifiyah The 2nd verse of “here i am” goes hard. the rest…eh.

@TokyoTwilighter This track sounds like it sampled a late 80s movie soundtrack.  #NOthankYou Did she rhyme part with part ….

11. “Dear Old Nicki” 

@ebonifiyah clever Sounds like she’s talking to a lover not a former version of herself.

@TokyoTwilighter This could be clever… if someone else had sung the hook.  I wonder why she didn’t have another female on these tracks.

12. Your Love 

@ebonifiyah Radio cut. Actually rocked this one hard this summer. This is the lane I think Nicki should stay in.

@TokyoTwilighter #CoSign with @ebonifiyah

13. “Last Chance” (featuring Natasha Bedingfield) 

@ebonifiyah Did I say those voices amuse me? “last chance” made me a liar. I take it back.  Don’t think she really need Natasha on this one. If she’s gonna go all pop white chick with her voice on this, why hire one?

@TokyoTwilighter Garbage (and not the stellar female rock band kind)

@ebonifiyah Overall not great but not horrible either.  This album is a tad schizophrenic.  I bore easily of hearing how fly folk are and how many haters they have. This is that album IMO

@TokyoTwilighter  These titles are awful.  You’d think a ‘lyrical mc’ would be more creative with her titles.  She really needs to figure out what kind of album she was trying to make… like you tried to throw 8 singles for 15 audiences onto here.  I can appreciate an artist wanting to experiment and reach out but build a base first and get in your lane before you start doing everything else too.

Mixtape Review “No Genre” from @BoBatl

Funny how things change in a year. I first met Bobby Ray this same time last year in December while I was visiting Atlanta. Seems like just yesterday we were drinking Blue Moon and eating greasy pizza at Rocky Mountain. Anyway,  Bobby Ray has just dropped his new mixtape, “No Genre” (Which was a #trendingtopic ins ATL since the day of his Ustream performance in Minnesota). Touching on social issues on songs like “Dr. Aden” and “The Watchers”, Bobby Ray talks about the AIDS virus and mentions pop culture rumors how Hip-Hop is involved with the free masons.

Sampling a bit of his own voice of the slogan “Hi my name is Bob” on “How u do That” and Santigold on “Shoot up the Station”, some personal favorites are “Beast Mode”, “Batman Flow” “So So” and “The Watchers” (Produced by B.o.B himself)

This mixtape comes highly recommended.

Hi, my name is Jayda b. and I approve of this mixtape.

Keep representing the East side for us Bobby Ray.

Download “No Genre”.

HODGEPODGE – successful debut!

HODGEPODGE in Vuenos, Shibuya was the place to be on Tokyo’s Thanksgiving Holiday, and for 280 music and art-loving people it was! We had more to give thanks to on this day, particularly the 14 performers who rocked the stage and and various artists who flaunted their admirable works.

Hosted by GuitarFish Media and promoted by The Event Ladies, HODGEPODGE is an art and music event that aims to bridge Japan and the world’s music scenes. The goals were many. 1) To bring together musicians and artists from all around the world. Achieved with flying colors. 2) To take the American model of musical performance where performers do not have to pay to perform and apply it to Japan. Tick! 3) To expose our audience to a variety of musical genres. Check!

A mixture of bands, singers and DJs took to the B1F and 1F of Vuenos. The bands were SikDux (http://www.myspace.com/sikdux), Papersky (www.paperskymusic.com), Arisa Safu (who definitely knows how to get the party started!) & the Rovers (www.myspace.com/arisasafu), ground rhythm function (http://www.myspace.com/groundrhythmfunction), BOMmER (www.bommer-5.com/p/), Black Lambs Head (http://hp.xxxxxxx.jp/lambs13head/), Aphelion (www.myspace.com/aphelionbandjapan), Sure as my Pledge (sureasmypledge.com). Singers and rappers included Aisha (who is about to debut her first CD!) and her sexy backup dancers (www.aisha-online.com), Full Circle (www.myspace.com/fullcircleofficial), Eva Kestner on awesome Taiko drums (www.evakestner.com), DropOuts, Faith and Kevin Koyasu.

Artists, whose works added color and texture to 5F/6F Lounge Neo, included Sarika & Momo (http://blog.tokyoartpaf.com) Frankie Cihi (http://frankiecihi.com/home.html), Erika Jonko Spencer Iwai (http://ameblo.jp/jonkobonko><http://drunkduck.com/Jonkos_Picture_Diary/index.php), Natsumi Kitano, Hanami Okuno, Hananosuke Ikegaya, Satoko Akai, Yurika, Erina Mine, Kaori Morita, Saeki Otsuka and Monet Takauchi

The DJs were few but fun – DJ FYO (http://www.myspace.com/fyo1985), DJ GATO (http://sarapuro.web.fc2.com/) and DJ Tsukasa.

All that for just 1,500yen!

A big arigatou to sponsors DagMusic (http://www.dagmusic.com) and Rogutore (http://www.rogutore.com)

Considering the success of this debut event, plans are in the making to make this event bi-annual or annual. Whether you’re into rock, visual kei or taiko drumming, there’s something for everyone so make sure you don’t miss the next event!

For more information see http://www.wix.com/guitarfish/hodgepodge or email guitarfish.media@gmail.com

#YUMEFest #Tokyo!

Wild outfits, the best of hip hop beats, party animals from across the globe and plenty of booze set the tone for YUME FEST’s unforgettable debut in Tokyo, Japan last night.

YUME FEST (@YumeandBeyond) is a global grassroots festival that looks to support, celebrate, and re-define the vibrant urban contemporary music, art and fashion community around the globe. It brings international musicians, artists and fashionistas together to showcase their talent, skill and knowledge in excitingly innovative ways.

Its aim is to contribute to an international exchange of ideas and methods, helping to bridge the global gap faced by indepenDENTs in these industries.

Uccess Lounge in Harajuku was the perfect backdrop for the 4 hour event which was locally produced by YUME FEST’s stategic parnter ENTOKYO (@ENTokyojp). Led by wonder women Daisha Hunter (@daisha_hunter) and Mariko Lochridge (@tokyotwilighter), it serves as a liaison for emerging brands and urban talent wishing to enter Tokyo’s thriving entertainment market.

On the topic of talent, the lineup of artists were Ohga (@ohgamusic), Chusei (@chuseihbb), DJ Tomoko (@djtomoko) + Ucca (@Ucca23), @MeccaGodzilla, @alivegreenst + @soupagreenst, @conscious and @eye2025. Too many to wax lyrical but definitely worth checking them and their Tweets out!

The highlight of the night was without a doubt the sensual Raye 6 (@universeof6). Erotic, wordly and oozing enormous talent, this sexy singer, song-writer, producer and performer from Brooklyn stole the show with her hair high and eyelashes long, and her accompanying Bubble Girls. Her performance of Universal Lover, released just days ago, proved her sounds to be psychedelic and soulful and her creativity unrepressed. Hats off to the people at CMJ who have described her as “The woman with the hurricane vocals”, I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Japan born, Queens bred artist Kojoe (@iamkojoe) smashed his set, flaunting his musical styling which spans eras of the past, present, and future, and which can be heard in his rap flow, song melodies, and production arrangements. Bearing lyrical fluency in both Japanese and English, and the first Asian artist signed to Rawkus Records, Kojoe is now back in Japan and remains dedicated to giving respect to the black art form of Hip Hop, and meaning to the Japanese Hip Hop industry and homeland cultural connection that has yet to be made by any artist thus far.

Hands up for the DJs for an epic, NY-party-worthy atmosphere – @Keerekeera, @djyukijirushi, @daisha_hunter, @djtomu and @polstyle.

The DENT Radio (@Hashtagmag) ladies Jayda B (@Jayda_b) and Chee (@asian_bonita) were in full swing throughout the night – twittering away, live streaming on UStream and interviewing the artists and DJs to find out what they have to say about the event, life, choking girls(!) and everything and anything dope.

Sponsors included cute nail artists @fumeeky; funky clothing labels @chiefmischief, @rocksmithtokyo, @dtoperfection and @goliathrf; and media groups @musicstrengthtv and @futuresoundtv.

The night finished at Uccess without a moment of silence, and it was just getting started at The Game in Shibuya for this bunch of music and fashion loving guys and gals who know how to party right all night.

#StuffHalfAsiansLike #Blog #Review

Half an Asian

Since #DENTradio is half #ATL and half #Tokyo I guess that makes us #halfAsian?  New to the team is @itsmieko who will be contributing to the show and blog with #stuffHalfAsiansLike.  You can enjoy her commentary and the inner thinkings of a #HalfAsian

Excerpt from #ThingsHalfAsiansLike

One time I was at a bakery and this Asian girl points me out to her white boyfriend and goes “We could have one of those!”

Yep Asian lady, you can.

(I wonder if they did?)

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Part comedy, slightly exaggerated but very honest @itsMieko ‘s blog posts are based on personal reflections and anecdotes from a halfAsian’s perspective.  You’ll find her delivery to be sensitive and amusing but most of all original.  You’ll no doubt LOL at some of the one-liners she delivers in between mildly racist comments and obvious digs at ridiculous stereotypes. However it’s all in jest and not meant for the racially sensitive crowd.  All in all a blog worth reading and we hope she’ll stick with it.  Not to be confused with #stuffBlkChurchesLike #StuffKoreanMomsLike or #stuffWhitePeopleLikes this is #stuffHalfAsiansLike

#DENTradio supports #halfFolks

COCAINE PRETTI Reviews #DENTradio!

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Bridge to the Sun

Movie Poster

Bridge to the Sun

#MovieNight @KimonoWineBar in #Tokyo

We watched ‘Bridge to the Sun’ which is based on the true story of  Gwen Harold, who in 1931 married Hidenari “Terry” Terasaki, a Japanese diplomat.  The movie stars Carroll Baker and James Shigeta.

When it comes to #STuffAHalfAsianLikes pretty high on the list is anything about interracial marriage or relationships, especially between an Asian and and other.   And when you think about it… there are not many films about Asians married to another race, especially Asian men.

This movie was black and white so that puts it pretty far back in terms of when it was filmed.  To think it is about World War 2 and about interracial marriage makes it pretty darn controversial in my mind.  Most World War 2 films I’ve seen do a lot to glorify war, but this film doesn’t.  Mr. Terasaki was loyal to his country of Japan but believed in peace and did what he could to promote it.  It’s said that he used his daughter’s name (Mariko) as a secret code to discuss plans with the pacifist party to try and avert war.

“In 1981, Mariko, a book by the well-known nonfiction writer Kunio Yanagida, was published in Japan. And, on Aug. 15 that year, the anniversary of the Japanese surrender, NHK (public) Television presented a three-hour docudrama about Miller and the experiences of the Terasaki family. This film, described as profoundly anti-military and anti-war, caused a sensation in Japan and was viewed by an estimated 80 percent of the population. ”

http://www.etsu.edu/etsu/news/20000123.htm

My mom saw the TV program and was so moved that she ended up naming me after the mixed daughter Mariko.

The movie is hard to find but sometimes they play it in the US on Turner Classics.  It is corny at times but actually pretty accurate in many ways.which I found this to be not only surprising but when you realize that nothing has been made since then on this topic and time period it makes you think.

This Half-Japanese gives the film two thumbs up!  That’s one Japanese thumb and one American thumb

Peace.