Kensho Kuma x R.O.T.C.@Broke Buddha Day Party

My Return of the Cypher squadron was invited to perform at the Broke Buddha Day Party 10:30 AM- 7:00PM on 04/28/18! Please come down to Score! Bar and Lounge in San Francisco!! This event celebrates a diverse array of soundscapes, playing everything from Hip Hop, Tribal Beats, Latin House, and all sorts of other eclectic tunes. Broke Buddha also features 3-D light reactive tapestries, live painters, and local designers… and TACOS!! Myself, Jane the Message, and the Road Warriors, will be performing sets throughout the day, and of course cyphers are open to our R.O.T.C. troopers. Shout outs to our comrade MC Awokeone for inviting R.O.T.C and to Jane the Message for producing the flier last minute!!

R.O.T.C. x Strictly Business

As you hopefully know, Return of the Cypher has become San Francisco’s premier Hip Hop weekly.. I proudly serve as a R.O.T.C. Director and I am extremely excited that our event is about to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. R.O.T.C. is your rightful home in the SF Bay Area, if you were raised by Hip Hop culture. Welcome home. We continue to operate as a FREE weekly. Come visit us Sunday nights starting at 9:00 at the Boom Boom Room in the historic Fillmore district of San Francisco.

Oakland Legionnaire‘s weekly Strictly Business party will be joining forces with R.O.T.C. on a monthly basis starting on 03/14/18. Every second Wednesday from midnight to 1:00AM will feature a R.O.T.C. cypher overseen by R.O.T.C. Director Unlearn the World. Shout outs to Foreign Legion and DJ Saurus!

Smilëyz Cheeky Chinky Crew- Asiatik Kings feat. Kensho Kuma [Official Video]

During my Solo Shogun Stories Tour through France, I got down with the Smileyz Cheeky Chinky Crew.. they are an Asiatic Parisian crew representing Paris. They featured yours truly on “Asiatik Kings”.

Smilëyz Cheeky Chinky Crew- Asiatik Kings feat. Kensho Kuma

Production: Kody Babyghost for Wishing Light Music Label

Realization: Kevin Bantsimba

Shot on location in: France and Strasbourg, France

Camoes by: Architeknic, Noa, and King Siroko

 

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”

Kensho Kuma x Far Beats-World Traveler 2

Dedicated to everyone that’s been with me throughout my overseas ventures and the awesome people I’ve met abroad. You have changed my life forever..

Kensho Kuma- “World Traveler 2”
Produced and Mixed by: Far Beats
Additional Production by: Akua Naru
Graphics by: Marcus Murray

Verse One: “I’m a World Traveler, nomadic wanderer/ Respect the local folks, but I’m still a conqueror/ Raise the flag of California up at Angkor Wat/ Often in them places foreign artists cannot rock/ Writing down my candid thoughts, hiding out in Sukhumvit/ Go-go dancers everywhere, get lost in illusions quick/ Miles off the beaten path, I’ve seen some gruesome shit/ Third world is grimy, but we know what the beauty is/ Children in the land of smiles, seem to be happy with less/ Many kids in U.S. hoods, carry gats and deal with death/ Most adults are taking medication feeling depressed/ Who are you to tell me that America really the best?/ Weaving through the traffic dawg, don’t crash your motor bike/ Saigon City got it locked, kicked it with the locals tight/ Whether at your venue or a mediocre open mic/ We murderin’ performances perfected out in Oakland right/”

Chorus: “I’m faraway, I don’t know when I’m coming home/ Left my backyard, said good bye to my comfort zone/ Quit my damn job, told my mom that I love her/ There’s more to this life and I have to go discover/ I’m faraway, I don’t know when I’m coming home/ Left my backyard, said good bye to my comfort zone/ Fans always compliment, telling me I’m rhyming dope/ All I ever wanted was to be happy and to find my soul”

Verse Two: “In my wallet I have yen, dollars, and euros/ Cash determines everything, no matter where you go/ Transient, vanishing in back of a Peugeot/ to reappear the next day to rap in Chateauroux, so/ You can say I’m well-traveled, racking up the mileage/ Highly civilized, never blacking out or violent/ Peace to Paris potnas, they made this trip priceless/ And if I stop, probably have a midlife crisis/ Dressed in a kimono yeah fans got impressed quick/ Hustling in Brussels with the man Architeknic/ Bilingual shows in Nantes, translated set list/ And aye damn descendant of Japan must respect this/ No matter where you go, acknowledge they customs/ If you can’t do this then you’ll make all of us look dumb/ Talk to your fans, learn they way of life and have fun/ Take some time to be a tourist but make sure you stack funds/”

Chorus:

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 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.