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Teriyaki Boyz

January 10, 2009

How have I not heard of Teriyaki Boyz yet? Well, it’s not exactly surprising; I’m into neither the Japanese nor English mainstream scenes. Teriyaki Boyz seem to fuse the two together, which I would have previously thought would take more effort… but they did it, in their own way.

Teriyaki Boyz

For those who are as clueless about these guys as I still sort of am, I’ll give you some basic-basic info. According to their website, Teriyaki Boyz are “a result of the dream collaboration between the No.1 fashion brand, A BATHING APE [BAPE] and the No.1 hip-hop label, Def Jam Recordings.” The members are Ilmari (Rip Slyme), Wise, (BAPE Sounds), Nigo (A Bathing Ape), Ryo-Z (Rip Slyme), and Verbal (m-flo). Verbal is the only one I actually recognize, haha. The group formed in 2006.

Right now I can’t stop listening to “Work That” featuring Pharrell and Chris Brown. I can’t say the song is all that good. The video is even worse LOL. I’ll link you to the video, but you cannot watch it at work or school or in front of impressionable children (and if you aren’t keen on seeing a lot of a buttocks, DEFINITELY do not click). YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED: Teriyaki Boyz – Work That MV.

ANYWAY, the song is the kind that gets into your head and won’t leave. It’s really repetitive, and from what I can understand, the lyrics are not my style. But they are kind of amusing, in the 2PM “10 out of 10” way. I guess what I find myself liking about it is how the song somehow works in spite of all of its supposed flaws. It’s addicting.

This song has already been released as a single in Japan, but it is included in their newest full length album “Serious Japanese” comes out on January 28th in Japan, and Feburary 3rd in the U.S.

Here’s the tracklist:

  1. PLEASE COME INTRO! (produced by Adrock)
  2. Work That ft. Pharrell & Chris Brown (produced by The Neptunes)
  3. After 5 (A.M.) ft. Mademoiselle Yulia (produced by Towa Tei)
  4. Tokyo Drift (Fast & Furious) (produced by The Neptunes)
  5. Sweet Girl ft. Dondria (produced by Jermaine Dupri)
  6. Teriya-King ft. Kanye West & Big Sean) (produced by Kanye West)
  7. Serious Japanese (produced by Mark Ronson)
  8. Zock On! ft. Pharrell & Busta Rhymes (produced by The Neptunes)
  9. (CAN’T) “BAKE” THAT “FAPE” ft. TAKAGIKAN & Adrock ( produced by ?)
  10. Itsumo It’s More (produced by SUPA DAVE WEST)
  11. I Still Love H.E.R. ft. Kanye West (produced by Kanye West)
  12. GET THE HELL OUTRO (produced by Adrock)
  13. Tokyo Drift (Fast & Furious) Remix ft. Pharrell, Pusha-T & FAM-LAY (produced by The Neptunes)

Teriyaki Boyz – Work That (Feat. Pharrell & Chris Brown)

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