After many years of toiling in the underground and a string of produces on tiny independent labels, rock-rap group Asian2 finally broke in to the Japan mainstream in 2006 using the catchy single “Tooku.” The five-piece is normally described within their house country being a “blend” music group in the vein of Ketsumeishi and Orange Range, two of Japan’s biggest-selling works of the middle-2000s. Like those two rings, Asian2 combines catchy, feel-good rhymes using a generally positive message and a number of musical affects, including hip-hop and rock and roll. The seed products of Asian2 had been sown when MC Tatsu fulfilled drummer Hideo at junior senior high school in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, and both decided to type a music group. By 1999, that they had poached guitarist Hisato and bassist Shoji from various other local works (second MC Twenty “20” completes the lineup) and discovered kindred spirits in another of the initial “blend” rings, SOUL-D, who performed a present in Matsumoto the same season and asked Asian2 to try out at their very own “Rock Container” event. In 2001, Asian2’s initial mini-album premiered in the group’s hometown and marketed a good 2,000 copies. The band’s profile grew up another notch using the release the next year from the one “Honey the Hill,” which became one of the most requested monitor nationwide for the Usen “well-known ranking” graphs. Asian2 embarked on the initial Japanese tour in 2003 to market the one “Brazil,” and Hisato still left the music group citing musical distinctions to become changed by Nishi. Within a season Nishi, too, will be on his way to avoid it of the music group, replaced by brand-new guitarist Kensuke. Asian2 continuing to obtain nods of acceptance off their peers, like the “hip-pop” duo Def Technology — both groups distributed a stage at a live present in Tokyo in 2004. In addition they provided the finishing tune — a cooperation with Arisa Mizuki — towards the Kenji Sonoda film Tobi Ga Kururi To. Asian2 produced their “main” debut (Avex Trax is in fact an unbiased label, albeit one of the primary indies in the globe) in 2006 using the one “Asian Vibration,” the video was aimed with the band’s very own Twenty “20.” Nonetheless it was the infectious follow-up “Tooku” that guaranteed the music group wide-spread radio and tv airplay, aided by three different industrial tie-ins (on adverts for Subaru, Fuji Camcorders and Sapporo beverage) that assured the music group maximum publicity. The associated full-length debut record, the curiously entitled Five Guys l’mant, premiered by the end of 2006, and was a fusion of summery hip-hop in the vein of Ketsumeishi and harder, Crimson Popular Chili Peppers-style rock-rap.