椿 Tsubaki

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Tsubaki is a 27 year-old rapper and battle MC from Chikushino, Fukuoka Prefecture, and is currently living in Tokyo. The name Tsubaki is the Japanese word for the flower Camellia japonica, which is very popular in her hometown. Tsubaki discovered hip-hop through dance, then started rapping in Fukuoka, and got her big break when she was the first female MC featured on a TV Asahi show hosted by ZEEBRA called “Freestyle Dungeon”. After that, she participated in the national UMB (Ultimate MC Battle) competition and was the first female MC to win the Fukuoka qualifier. She went on to make it to the final 16 and made a huge name for herself as a dominant battle MC.

In early 2017, Tsubaki was the overall winner of the second annual Cinderella MC Battle, a freestyle battle solely for female MCs, held at Harlem in Shibuya. The overall winner of the first battle was Akkogorilla.

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Tsubaki has also done tracks with MCfrog, Coma-Chi, and FUZIKO, and, in November 2017, she released her first album, “Misaki Murasaki”, which means “Beautiful Blooming Purple”. She raps proudly about the Fukuoka scene and you can see it in the video for her track “Fukuoka”.

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You can purchase her music on Apple Music and follow her on Twitter.

Chuck Clenney
Chuck Clenney
Chuck is a Kentuckian living, farming, DJing, arting, and teaching on Amami Oshima in Ryuku Archipelago of southwestern Japan. He writes mostly about music, food, as well as Kentucky/Japan connections and hosts a radio show in a mix of Japanese, English, and the indigenous Amami Oshima Shimaguchi language called "World Chuck Melody" on FM Setouchi 76.8FM.
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