On Saturday night at Red Bull BC One in Tokyo, not only will the best B-boys delight the hip-hop community... a varied selection of Japanese and international side acts have also been invited to rock the Yoyogi Stadion – with golden-age rapper Big Daddy Kane among them.
The opening act at November 27’s Red Bull BC One world finale will be Gaisha Ishizaka, a percussionist who plays the Japanese drums, including the Kagura drum, gongs, and other percussion instruments to express his vision of sounds influenced and inspired by his own background in Japanese traditional folk art and music.
During the first break in battle, the BC One’s MC and beatboxer Rahzel and DJ JS 1 will perform and excite the audience still further.
The second battle break will be sweetened by The Funkmasters. Six world-renowned funk dancers from three crews are uniting for a performance at Red Bull BC One 2010. The Funkmasters will be consisting of Kei and Gucchon of Co-thkoo, Kite and Madoka of Former Action, and Rei and Yuu of the GoGo Brothers.
A real old-skooler will enter the stage during the third break. Big Daddy Kane, who started his career in 1986 and is widely considered to be one of the most influential and skilled rappers ever, is acknowledged as one of the pioneering masters of fast-rap. As an actor, he debuted in the 1993 western, Posse, and posed for Madonna’s Sex book during the 1990s. In 1996, he collaborated with 2Pac Shakur on his song "Where Ever U R". Although he's one of the quickest tongues in rap's fast lane, he also continues to be a smooth operator:
In the fourth battle break, the Japanese Taiko group Ikki will perform and are guaranteed to impress the audience with their Japanese drumming show.
So feast your ears and eyes on the great shows in between the battles.