The good people at Cosmic Hip Hop in Paris, France, have written an article about yours truly!! My 2017 solo European tour was one of the most memorable experiences I’ve had in this culture, and I cannot wait to get back out there again!! Salutations to King Siroko of Zulu Nation France!!
2nd Floor Samurais
Brand New 2nd Floor Samurais Track
I am proud to present a brand new 2nd Floor Samurais banger.. “Why You Do It” was produced by Japanese turntablist pioneer DJ $HIN of Turntable Troopers Entertainment. It was recorded amidst our Asia tour last year in Osaka, Japan. DJ $HIN runs the Skratch Labo DJ school.. if you’re in Kansai and you’re interested in becoming a DJ, this is mos def the place to check out!! It’s a comfortable environment with more hi-tech gadgets than I can explain..
Kensho Kuma Verse 1: “Got ma game from the smugglers turned businessmen/ it’s a deeper cognition that my words get you in/ yeah the 2nd floor image now worth dividends/ so my circle hella small ’cause the turf listening/ for the intel, hmmm how they get that foreign doe?/ how they tour overseas? what? they was poor before/ how they popping Dom P, and they pouring more?/ you can closely watch, but nothing I’m recording for/ coming with a price tag or sold through an auction/ the weight of the entire world I hold for my squadron/ kamikaze diary, told through my doctrine/ I rep perseverance, we don’t fold when we boxed in/ the broke kids happy with headlining local gigs/ the Samurais on 2nd floor be on some global shit/ monetize, don’t you forgot what the focus is/and we trust only family, not no associates/”
Here is a 2nd Floor Samurais music video which was also shot in Japan last year…
Solo Shogun Stories Tour- France Performance Trailer
I was given the wonderful opportunity to embark on a solo tour throughout France in September ’17, to promote the 2nd Floor Samurais’ Shogun Stories Album. The tour also included stops in Brussels, Belgium, and Leipzig, Germany, where I was honored to hold down the opening slot for longtime friend Akua Naru. Below is a clip featuring performance highlights put together by Donovan Jugarap @Hapa Films. The footage itself was shot on site by Architeknic, King Siroko, Kevin Bantsimba x Kody Baby Ghost of Smileyz Crew, K-Turix of Cultur’a’ Vibes, and Patricia Sanchez. Thank you for making this experience possible.
Special Shout outs to Arckiteknic who masterminded the entire venture.
2nd Floor Samurais- Let it All Go [Official Video]
The good people at In Focus, Inc. conceptualized this brand new video of my group, 2nd Floor Samurais. Yoshi Kataoka and Tadamasa Iguchi were able to execute an artistic and masterful piece, which was shot in Tokyo, Japan, and in SF, CA. The 2nd Floor Samurais site here.
2nd Floor Samurais- Let it All Go
Cloud NI9E- Voyage Mix CD
My tour DJ/ producer Cloud NI9E is releasing the Voyage Mix CD from Twelve Records in Okinawa. The scheduled release is 12/01/17, but my people at We Nod Records are already taking reservations. The mix CD is a blend of soul and jazz, but features a 2nd Floor Samurais track that does not appear on the official album, and audio from a Kuma x Cloud performance in Osaka.
Fliers for Individual Tour Dates
2017 Shogun Stories Asia Tour: Fliers for Individual Shows
07/28/17- 08/04/17 Osaka, Japan
07/28/17 @Club Zeela, Umeda
07/29/17 @Brand New, ???
07/29/17 @”Skill Bank,” Duke Bar ??
08/05/17 @Club Clime in Second Life
08/05/17-08/16/17 Yokohama/ Tokyo, Japan
08/05/17 @El Puente, Yokohama
08/12/17 Wild Side, ??
08/12/17 Family, ??
08/15/17 Tetoka, ??
08/16/17 – 08/30/17 Vietnam w/DJ Cloud NI9E, Hanoi shows with Jovian
08/18/17, Hanoi Rock City, Hanoi
08/19/17 , Chez Xuan, Hanoi
08/19/17 (Midnight- Early), Bird Cage, Hanoi
08/24/17 Waterfront, Da Nang
08/25/17 May Cay, Ho Chi Minh
08/29/17 May Cay, Ho Chi Minh
08/31/17 – 09/17/17 Thailand
09/01/17 Jam Cafe, Bangkok
09/02/17 the Overstay, Bangkok
09/08/17 Live Lounge BKK, Bangkok
09/09/17 Goja, Bangkok
2nd Floor Samurais Shogun Stories 2017 Asia Tour
For all booking inquiries, please contact Kensho Nishimura at 2FSbookings@gmail.com
100 Bars/ 百小節
Here is a mini-project from your truly.. 100 bars/百小節, 2 languages, 5 instrumentals..
Blended by: DJ Zobe (All Tribes Zulu) Mixed by: D-Wiz (B-Pos) Pic by: Kali Oraysion Shouts by: Talib Kweli, キラーボング
Last 2FS Shows before Asia Tour
2nd Floor Samurais will be performing three shows on American soil before we go tour in Asia. The first of the three installments is NGO Hip Hop for Change‘s monthly Concrete Roots event at the Legionnaire in Oakland on 07/20/17. We will be headlining the event, DJ Netwerk is holding down our set, JPZ is hosting, and our allies Dr. Charity Clay and Blackcloud MC are also on the roster.
On 07/22/17, we will be performing at the Precita Eyes 21st Annual Urban Arts Festival. This event is an outdoor celebration with kid stations and community booths. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own paint to bomb the walls. Our R.O.T.C. brethren Unlearn the World will rock this one as well..
Later that Saturday, we will support Namaste Pizza’s Grand Opening of their Pleasanton restaurant. The first 100 guests will receive a FREE medium pizza of their choice!! Our R.O.T.C. infantry, including Watzreal, Breathless, and Unlearn the World, will be doing performances and freestyles alongside 2FS.
2 Brand New 2nd Floor Samurais Tracks FREE Downloads
My group 2nd Floor Samurais released two bangers last night and they’re available for FREE download!
The first one, Samurai Original, is produced by longtime Bay Area artist Mister Cleen, and references one of our clothing sponsors.. I implement my patented 4 bar language switch on this one.
Here are the “Samurai Mask” hats from Samurai Original. If you’re interested, click here.
The second banger is 2nd Floor Soldier, produced by our cohort Seneca of Earth Amplified. We take a no-nonsense RBG stance on this one and all of my verses are in Japanese. These are my most serious Japanese bars thus far.
Shout out D-Wiz at Drum Dealer for mixing these songs.