1. Entrance of Shibuya (district in Tokyo) Hip Hop clothing store
2. Window of Shibuya Hip Hop store
3. DJ Yutaka working in his recording studio
4. SOUNDBITE (English) DJ Yutaka, DJ and Hip Hop artist:
"Hip hop is a culture born in the ghetto you know. People don't have no money, straight up man. Man do you think Japan has a ghetto, hell no. So we don't have no ghetto, can you understand ghetto cultures man. I was in the ghetto that's why I learn it. But I know I can talk about ghetto, but they don't know ghetto, but they try to be ghetto. That's fake".
5. Wannabe gangsta saying "Japanese hip hop is the best"
6. King Tons DJ mixing music on his decks
7. SOUNDBITE (English) King Tons, DJ and Hip Hop artist:
"At first the first thing your going to do is copy right. That's what you do when you're a baby, you copy your mum or you copy your dad right, because that's how you learn what its is to be human. It's the same thing with the music. People out here just kind of copy what they see on MTV or whatever is coming out of the United States and try to emulate it. In one way it bothers me. When I walk down Shibuya (Tokyo's trendiest nightspot) fifty two packs
(American rapper) running around, but at the same time I feel like I am responsible for that."
8. Japanese Hip-Hop kids with fake gangsta teeth
9. SOUNDBITE (English) King Tons, DJ and Hip Hop artist:
"They (japanese) are perfectionists. They perfect anything they put their mind to. If they want to learn how to do something they will keep doing it and they will perfect it and that's how it is you know. You know if someone wants to be gangsta rapper their going to perfect everything about gangsta rap,from the way they walk the style they are going to try and capture every little thing."
10. Gangsta rapping
11. Gangsta singing
12. GDX DJ set up shot
13. SOUNDBITE (English) GDX, DJ and Hip Hop artist:
"I am a rapper in Japan, so call me GDX. So GDX to me means Gangsta DX. DX means dangerous X. The X means number ten."
14. Various of Tokyo underground Hip-Hop Club
15. SOUNDBITE (English) King Tons, DJ and Hip Hop artist:
"You know when I hear a lot of the MC's (hip- Hop artists) out here rhyming in Japanese, then I ask some of the older Japanese people that I work with in the school systems or whatever, what do you think about it, they reply is this Japanese, I don't think it's Japanese."
16. Various of Tokyo underground Hip Hop Club
17. SOUNDBITE (English) GDX, DJ and Hip Hop artist:
"Now the Japanese Hip Hop scene, five percent is music ninety five percent is commercial."
18. Various of Tokyo underground Hip Hop club
19. Tokyo girl hip hop dance team
20. Hip Hop event live painting
From the streets of LA to the streets of Tokyo kids of all ages are adopting the gangsta life style.
Laced with hip-hop trappings and packed with gangland slang, Tokyo kids have been influenced by American hip-hop.
The gangsta image in Japan has grown in popularity.
Tokyo's Shibuya district is the trendiest nightspot in the city and its attracting a new breed of hip-hop gangsta wannabes.
They walk with a swagger, wear silver chains, have the latest gold teeth plates and wear extra baggy jeans.
Many youngsters' fashion comes straight out of New York - with Yankee hats, speaking broken English street slang.
Many are eager to flash east coast side gangsta hand signs, and show their latest west coast gangster tattoos.
Some commentators say nothing about them is original.
Influential American music producer King Tons has lived in Japan for 7 years.
The Japanese scene has not grown out of the ghetto, rather it has been embraced from overseas and mutated into a unique cultural phenomenon.
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