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…

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

OrukusaKi Verse
“Around the world like twice, in barely half of my life/ and now I’m really understanding what this rapping is like/ I put the music first was never really after a wife/ or all the glamour and the lights or the name and the hype/ I only did this just to show what I was saying inside/ and if the people want to listen then they can decide/ but the spirits always in me and it’s staying alive/ come upstairs with the second floor samurais/ we going to show you how to Party Rock show you how to lick a shot/ show you how to roll when they don’t know you at the liquor spot/ show you how it’s hip hop, show you how you get caught/ might even throw in to show your girl how to lip lock?/ Cut out all the big talk, posers get a quick shock/ you ain’t rollin with the big dogs then you can kick rocks/ I’m in the streets like when kids box/ or get killed by cops so we’re here to make sure that it stops/ because we dying in these streets from the lying police/ so I’m buying beats replying with inspiring speech,/practice what you preach and you are what you eat/ you pass it down to your kids when you lie and you cheat”
Chorus
” Never back down or Fade Away into the background, never give up or lose hope how does that sound? We coming back around, second floor is out of bounds until we reach the end of the fight we going round for round”
Kensho Kuma Verse
“It’s crystal clear, I see now/ getting younger while the rest of you are going senile/ in the face of adversity, see me smile/ found my inner peace and love, so I can be me now/ raised in the shadows of the legends in the Bay/ many veterans got apprehended then erased/ so I pray, thank God for the lessons that they gave/ I’ll consider those jewels to be blessings ’til my grave/ not the acknowledgements, not the accomplishments/ all we got are problems and strength to go and conquer them/ wanna pop bottles with models  injecting collagen/ but stuck in real life, with my alcoholic friends/ 2FS ready yup, for life obstacles/ if my brother falls, I’ll pick him we got a lot to do/ every single local show, that we rocked for you/ was practice to us homie, our movements unstoppable/ ain’t nothing fiction in the stories that we write/ if you feel that these rappers are corny than you right/ glorifying death but you horrified of life/ we gotta overcome our fears, organize and fight”

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, 西九条

07/29/17 @”Skill Bank,” Duke Bar 高槻

07/30/17 @戦国大統領、縁橋

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, 新宿

08/12/17 Family, 渋谷

08/15/17 Tetoka, 神田

 

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

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”

 

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.

“差別じゃねー少数民族の現実/ を冷静に書き続ける僕の鉛筆/はポン人の常識にゃ収まらない/悪魔も眠りにつくララバイ”

Shout out D-Wiz at Drum Dealer for mixing these songs.

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.

PLF_Front_Cover_Final

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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FREE Double Download 2nd Floor Samurais

My group, 2nd Floor Samurais, have posted two FREE exclusive tracks!! These are exclusive non-album tracks available for your enjoyment..

Foreign Faculty feat. Vago-

This one features our comrade Vago from Switzerland, and production was handled by Yakkle, repping Kobe Japan.

I’m especially proud of my verse on this one.. “Not an activist, No I’m a regular dude/ demanding our government invest in our schools/ a rapper slash teacher when I step in the booth/ my knowledge and experience are weapons I choose/ rep with the youth, while y’all glamorize narcotics/perpetrating fake shit, we don’t want no part of it/ songs played on iHeartMedia will target kids/ and have ’em popping hella pills like a pharmacist/ lacking the guidance, idolizing Young Thug/ will leave you beat down, have you bleeding by a dump truck/ rapping ’bout guns, then make sure your guns bust/ and even if you peaceful, the cop’s gun is untucked/ urging to kill, while we searching for a thrill/ life is worth more than our rap songs worthy of a deal/ yeah everything you see ain’t contingent on skill/ let me pack my shit, go to Switzerland and just chill”

Golden Age-

Production on this one was handled by Sticky Ricardo, who frequently serves as the 2FS live DJ as well..

“No famous cosigns or celebrity friends/ not a follower of stupid ass hipster trends/ don’t care ’bout the view by a million men/ ’cause I believe what we need are skills in the end/ but this rap game’s similar to Instagram models/ fine as hell, so everyone instantly follows/ then you realize their musical substance is zero/ and don’t reflect the lives of struggling people/ ugh, none of my chicks have been thick as Amber Rose/ even if I had the cash, I wouldn’t pamper hoes/ my fans know, they can keep all the fancy clothes/ I’d rather be the man that my friends and family knows/ we got our own lane, don’t gotta ride dick/ rather have a queen, than a whole lot of side chicks/ ain’t fifty deep but the guys that I ride with/ play a vital role in the life that my tribe lives”