Marcus Johnson (DJ L-Spade):
“Traditional Japan and new Japan are kind of colliding. Ken, who is half Japanese is helping change the concept of what is, and what is not Japan. At the same time, I think Dell and myself are trying to change the perception of what America is to Japanese people, because many people think of Americans only as people with blonde hair and blue eyes. That is the message we are trying to convey with our group Displaced. We are are saying, it doesn’t matter what you think we are, we are trying to tell you who we are.
I originally came here to study Japanese and try living here. I found that my experience in the music industry from America was easy to transfer over to Japan. I am originally from Memphis Tennessee, and if I am rapping over in the U.S., it isn’t as big of a deal because everyone raps. But, if I am a rapper from Memphis Tennessee, living in Tokyo, it brings a level of validation to my projects.”
Ken Rider (K.Rider):
“Our group’s name is Displaced because we don’t always feel like we belong even though we do. I originally started rapping from an early age, just free-styling. Even to this day I feel there is so much potential in the Japanese language available to create amazing rap verses. I also like to keep my Japanese and English rap verses totally separate, I do one verse in Japanese and the other in English.”
“Myself and DJ L-Spade worked in the music scene in America. I bring my design and IT experience, DJ L-Spade has music production experience, and Ken raps and helps bring his creativity to our music. We used to do more traveling to different parts of Japan, places as far as Osaka, Nagoya, and Nagano. But now we are focused on the Tokyo rap scene and growing through local shows and various online outlets.”
(Marcus, Ken and Dell make up the Displaced Media label, to check out the music visit their Displaced Media’s website at http://displacedmedia.com/ or their Spotify at https://play.spotify.com/album/3Q8ZGL3vohGhBM4zQCotQN?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open)