Premier Japan hip-hop group Rip Slyme got their begin in 1994 when Ryo-Z and Ilmari began composing jointly for fun. As the duo became even more ambitious, they added their rocker pal Pes towards the lineup and shortly were earning accolades in beginner rapping contests. With some identification under their belts, Rip Slyme released their initial album, Lip area Rhyme, in 1995, and immediately after added DJ Fumiya with their rates. After some touring and studio room experimentation the group released record number 2, Talkin’ Cheap, in 1998. As their reputation grew in Japan, the children released a string of indie singles of more and more hit-worthy materials (notably, their collaborations with Fantastic Plastic material Machine Underline No. 5 and Mata au Himade), resulting in serious interest for mega-label Warner. By 2000, Warner agreed upon the music group and on March 22, 2001, their first main one for the label, “Stepper’s Joy,” premiered. By 2002, their reputation was achieving mega proportions and noticed the boys earning both the Greatest New Designer and Greatest Hip-Hop Group distinctions at that year’s MTV Japan Video Music Honours. Using on that career-topping high, Rip Slyme unleashed their giant-budgeted Tokyo Traditional album afterwards that calendar year — getting Japan’s initial million-selling hip-hop group along the way. More MTV honours followed as well as the music group dominated the hip-hop picture in its homeland for another several years, launching four massively well-known full-length albums, and a variety of singles and collaborations. By the end of 2005 DJ Fumiya was from the functionality picture because of disease (with fellow hip-hopper DJ Soma completing on following Rip Slyme concert performances), but he was back again up to speed for 2006’s ultra-popular Epoch record and because of its follow-up, Funfair, in 2007.