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next wave in hip-hop fashion coming from Tokyo

March 1, 2006

Speaking of big in Japan, the next wave in Hip-Hop fashion (oxymoron? You decide) is coming from Bathing Ape and designer Nigo. Japanophiles, dance music fans, and toy collectors probably know Nigo already. He’s a DJ/producer, fashion designer, and member of the J-Hip-Hop group Teriyaki Boyz. Nigo opened a boutique in Manhattan at the end of last year. Just a few nights ago I saw Jay-Z sporting a BAPE hoodie on television. Rappers tend to play follow the leader when it comes to clothing, as do fans, so look to hear about BAPE clothing in the near future. You may even dare to spring $400 for a sweatshirt like HOVA.

You can see BAPE fashions in action in the video for Heartbreaker from the Teriyaki Boyz. Anyway, it’s about time y’all checked out some Japanese rappers anyway.

Teriyaki Boyz are a “supergroup” of like minded rappers, Verbal from M-FLO, Ilmari and Ryo-Z from Rip Slyme, Wise, and DJ Nigo.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 13, 2006 6:40 pm

    i try to find something at and take it on your site…thanks

  2. Jay Richard permalink
    September 24, 2006 1:20 pm

    Being an American in Japan and seeing the hip hop scene here is a real refreshing feeling. I grew up in the Death Row era. Back then when hip hop was pure and un-commercialized. Big-ups to Nigo and all the artists out here in Tokyo…1

  3. October 28, 2006 10:07 pm

    I would like to be able to communicate with DJ Nigel about the seriousness of the cunterfreit Bape products being sold around the world. I have been in the business of protecting brand for 30 years and would like to be able to offer him a solution that those around him may not be providing him, especially with the millions of fake product websites


    William Hansen
    America / Hong Kong

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