Kensho Kuma x Cloud NI9E- More than Life

I am currently working on a collaborative album with Japanese producer Cloud NI9E. Here is something we’ve been working on.. Mixed by D-Wiz and graffiti by Marcus Murray.

More than Life

Verse 1:
Was a troubled adolescent, Rap was the cure/
but after twenty years, I had to mature/
stayed up hella nights, to master a verse/
but couldn’t monetize, my passion or worth damn/
I worked jobs I hated, even taught 6th grade/
lost my dignity and pride, just so I can get paid/
older brother was a gangsta, in the drug trade/
that was never me no, couldn’t make what thugs made/
In the lab every night, mixing down tracks/
with a well-known producer, giving dude racks/
ugh patiently waiting to make dividends stack/
but I had nothing to eat, I was living so wack/
Then I met a woman who had an effect on me/
connected at a deeper level, not just sexually/
she stimulated mental growth intellectually/
our time is more important than being the best MC/

Chorus:
Life is more than bars, it’s more than rhyme schemes/
more than what you sacrifice for your pipe dreams/
Life is more than clubs, more than chasing hoes/
more than hustling 24/7 making dough/
Life is more than cars, it’s more than nice kicks/
more than karats glistening, on an iced wrist/
Life is more than drugs, more than an image/
it’s about the real love, the reason that we living/

Verse 2:
When a boy becomes a man, the amount of growing pain/
is more than agonizing potna, people go insane/
music isn’t paying me and that’s an awful thang/
but still outside of venues, cyphering with awkward slang/
Use to by the main act, headlining every jam/
use to have the latest sneakers and the gear from every brand/
use to blow my loot on blow, needed more than several grams/
now I’m saving up, for a mafuckin’ wedding band/
Went from spitting raw, to scrubbing kitchen floors/
domesticated homie, feeling like I’m sixty four/
you tripping boy, if you think monogamy can make you soft/
rather make love to my woman than go chase some crazy broad/
old enough to know the game’s full of snakes and hateful frauds/
so I keep my ass at home and take my time creating songs/
‘ready been around the world, now my time to settle down/
looking forward to the day I see you in your wedding gown/

Chorus:

Cloud NI9E- Oriental

My producer in Tokyo, Japan, is releasing a brand new album on 04/10/2019!! Yours truly is featured on “Never Ending Story”, which we have uploaded ahead of the release date. マイメンクラウドナインが4月10日ニューアルバム ”オリエンタル” 発売します。予約は We Nod Records からお願いします。俺は二曲フィーチャーされていて、最初に一発アップしました!!

Kensho Kuma & Cloud NI9E- Temple Work

Here we go once again.. my partner in crime Cloud NI9E and I released a brand new banger.. this one’s called Temple Work and it’s from a vinyl that we’re currently working one. This is the free version, so it’s been ran through a maximizer, but it hasn’t been mastered..

For those of you who don’t know, Cloud NI9E is a producer/DJ from Tokyo, Japan. I did a collaborative album with him back in 2013, and he has served as our tour DJ on numerous overseas solo and group tours.

ROTC MC’s featured on Cloud NI9E’s 12 Sentence Story

A select infantry of Return of the Cypher MC’s, myself, Denero, Slice IX, Unlearn the World, and Spread Fox, are featured on Japanese producer Cloud NI9E‘s brand new 12 Sentence Story album. Cloud NI9E is one of my main producers, tour DJ, and frequent collaborators, and is stationed in Tokyo, Japan. The 12 Sentence Story has a jazzy, downtempo vibe to it, but of course my squadron of MC’s bring that Bay Area rawness!!

Cloud NI9E- 12 Sentence Story Puchase here from Introducing!! Label

2nd Floor Samurais Shogun Stories 2017 Asia Tour

07/28-08/04 Osaka, Japan
-07/28- Zeela, 梅田 w/DJ Shin
-07/29- Brand New, 西九条
-07/29- “Skill Bank”@Duke Bar, 高槻 w/Yakoo x DJ Godz
-07/30- 戦国大統領、縁橋
-08/04- TBA, w/DJ Shin
 
08/05- 08/17 Tokyo, Japan
-08/05- El Puente, 横浜
-08/07- Chelsea Hotel, 渋谷
-08/10- Soul Food House, 麻布十番
-08/12-Wild Side, 新宿
-08/12- Family, 渋谷
-08/12- “Breakdown”@Coins Bar, 渋谷
 
08/18- 09/01 Vietnam (Vietnam dates w/ DJ Cloud NI9E)
-08/18- Hanoi Rock City, Hanoi w/Jovian
-08/19- Chez Xuan, Hanoi w/Jovian
-08/20 (12-5AM)- Birdcage, Hanoi w/Jovian
-08/24- Waterfront, Da Nang
-08/25- May Cay, Ho Chi Minh w/New Fame
-08/26- Indika, Ho Chi Minh w/New Fame
-08/29- “Freestyle” @May Cay, Ho Chi Minh w/New Fame
 
09/01- 09/18 Thailand
-08/31- J-Channel Radio w/ DJ Mimi, Bangkok
-09/01- Jam Cafe, Bangkok
-09/02- Overstay, Bangkok
-09/08- Live Lounge BKK, Bangkok w/Mek Piisua, DJ Rory Breaker- Morant, Protozoa
-09/10- Black Pagoda, Bangkok w/DJ Nomad
-09/15- ”Superfly”@the Beatlounge, Bangkok w/DJ Rory Breaker-Morant

 

 

 

 


For all booking inquiries, please contact Kensho Nishimura at 2FSbookings@gmail.com

2nd Floor Samurais x Unlearn the World- 40 A Week

Before the 2nd Floor Samurais depart on this Asia tour, we wanted to leave you with a FREE track!! We did this song with our R.O.T.C. comrade Unlearn the World, who was also generous enough to mix the track. Production was handled by Cloud NI9E and the picture was taken by Kali Oraysion. Please download and share!!

Kensho Kuma Verse:

“待ちに待ってた金曜日の夜/ 仕事忘れて, Friscoに急ぐ/ 今夜のライブにホーミーズを呼ぶ/ 仲間がいなけりゃロンリーな僕/ 憧れてたあの娘も招待/ そわそわしてたら, もうすぐshowtime/ ステージに上がれば迷いはもう無い/ 音楽のおかげで不安な将来/ の事忘れ, バカになれ/ ハスラー気取りのはした金/ より友達集め, 派手なパーティー/ 綺麗なバーテン, 満員のフロア/ 酔tぱらったマイメンは, act like a fool with you/フリースタイルセッション, 見せつける凄さ/ 今夜は忘れろ, 日常の辛さ”

 

Bivas feat. Watzreal

FREE download!! Brand new Pandaneze banger!! Bivas featuring the young gun Watzreal. He plays the position of koala. The cover art is satirical; we respect pandas, koalas, and bivas of all sexual orientation.. Produced by Cloud NI9E from the Ficus collective, mixed and recorded by D-Wiz at Drum Dealership, and artwork by Marcus Murray.

Cloud NI9E- Golden Gate feat. R.O.T.C. MC’s

A brand new posse track produced by my Japanese trackmaker Cloud NI9E. My R.O.T.C. infantry Denero, Slice IX, Unlearn the World, and Spread Fox, were recruited to rock this classic sample with me. I decided to implement my patented 4 bar language switch-up on this one.

 

“テレビにゃ絶対映らんアメリカ/ 全ての人種が集まるタケリア/メディアよりも本当に為になる/のは地元の声, いつも派手にやる/startups are killing it, residents getting by/ everything around here’s getting so gentrified/ this the Bay, where the dope artists are centralized/ home of the independent hustlers, we meant to rise/ マイメンは黒人と白人のハーフ/ 日の丸は俺の移民のマーク/ ベイエリアを背負った奴 in the house/ メキシコ人, フィリピーノ,  信じあう/ to unify the tribes, is what we rapping for/ from the cities in Asia to International/ traveling overseas, on sabbaticals/ as I teach continents, what I’m learning back at home”

Kensho Kuma Albums Free Downloads

My first album “Rewritten Code ov Honor” and second album “Projekt Life Force” are now available for free download.

Rewritten Code ov Honor Free Download

Projekt Life Force Free Download

“Rewritten Code ov Honor” was independently released in 2005. I could only rhyme in English back then.. upon completion of this album I left on a 2 year exodus to Asia, and lived in Chengdu, Shanghai, and Tokyo. I literally traveled the world with this CD in my luggage and will forever cherish the memories it allowed me to have.

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I spent the next five years developing my Japanese flow… I just needed to become a bilingual MC, that’s all that I cared about.. “Projekt Life Force” was released in 2010 from We Nod Records in Tokyo. In retrospect, this is the album that marks the advent of the MC I am still becoming today.

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“Projekt Life Force” features “Peto,” which is some real shit about the only woman that I’ve ever loved.

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Kensho Kuma 2015 Summer Asia Tour Dates

Kensho Kuma 2015 Summer Asia Tour Dates -> All confirmed dates will be announced on this blog!

June 27th: Avalanche @ Crawfish, Tokyo

Akasaka, Tokyo w/Cloud NI9E and David Whitaker

Avalanche

July 4th: Proceed @ Duke Bar, Osaka

Takatsuki, Osaka w/Cloud NI9E and DJ Godz

Proceed

July 5th: Gebo Welcome Back @ Club Bop, Osaka

Hirakata, Osaka w/ Cloud NI9E and Gebo

Gebo Party

July 5th: Absolute Sound @ World Pub, Osaka

Umeda, Osaka w/ DJ Shin

Shin Show

July 18th: @NASA, Chengdu, China

Chengdu, China w/ Just Charlie, Jovian, and DJ Superbestfriend

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July 28th: Thai-Japanese Hip Hop Night! Part II @Jam, Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand w/ DJ Spydamonkee and Mek Piisua

BKK

July 29th: Bangkok de Night Vol. 3 @ Club Diana, Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand w/ Yamadaman from Rappagariya and Mek Piisua

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