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Album Review

The hip-hop band Rip Slyme returned from a series of side projects and extracurricular activities in 2006 for their fifth album, Epoch. The album marks the return of DJ Fumiya, on hiatus since his marriage the year before. It also marks the return of Ilmari and Ryo-Z from their side project the Teriyaki Boyz. Major hits on the album include "Hot Chocolate" and "Party People" (with m-flo's Verbal, also in the Teriyaki Boyz), and put the album into the Oricon Top Ten.


Formed: 1994 in Japan

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Premier Japanese hip-hop group Rip Slyme got their start in 1994 when Ryo-Z and Ilmari began writing together for fun. As the duo became more ambitious, they added their rocker pal Pes to the lineup and soon were winning accolades in amateur rapping contests. With some recognition under their belts, Rip Slyme released their first album, Lips Rhyme, in 1995, and soon after added DJ Fumiya to their ranks. After some touring and studio experimentation the group released album number two, Talkin' Cheap,...
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