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Meet the judges: DJ Lead/Japan


DJ Lead is a core member of Japan's top hip hop label R-Rated Records, which is based in his hometown of Kyoto.

Not only is he popular on his home turf, but he's also hugely respected in New York, where he has spent a lot of time learning more about the roots of the music he loves. His passion for hip hop brought him to the attention of DJ Envy, one of the city's most respected mixtape DJs. After opening for the New Yorker on his Japanese tour in 2004, DJ Lead found himself on HOT97, an amazing accolade.

Today, when he's not keeping abreast of the latest developments in the US, DJ Lead plays some of the hottest hip hop parties in Japan. He is widely regarded as one of the biggest players on the global hip hop scene.






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