The big thing this past summer for many people was Pokémon GO and it seems a couple of Japanese rappers took notice and released a couple of their own original “Pokéraps.” These Pokéraps, however, have a bit more “edge” to them than that classic Pokérap that I’m sure many still haven’t been able to forget.
First up, we have Tokyo based rapper SLOTH (Profile). Although he hasn’t quite broken into the mainstream music scene, he is quite active and has definitely made a name for himself within the live scene in the Tokyo area. In August, SLOTH uploaded the music video for his song “Pocket Monster” (poketto monsta). The song, which was released in honor of the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, features plenty of samples from the original game music and also imagery from both the games and animated series.
Next up, we have another rapper who is not all that well-known in the mainstream circles but still quite talented. His name is, ryo takahashi (no capitalization) and he, along with TAKUMA THE GREAT & BAN (HOOLIGANZ), also released a video in August inspired by the Pokémon franchise. Their song, called “Pokémon GO ‘95” is obviously inspired by the hit game of the same name. The song features plenty of references to the original games and even a Pikachu impression. The rappers also make sure to warn you about not looking where you’re going when playing Pokémon GO. They too, like SLOTH, use samples from the original game music and I think they do it quite well.
While neither of these songs are true “Pokéraps” since they don’t actually list off all the Pokémon like in the original I still think they’re pretty enjoyable songs and definitely a sign of the continued love that people still have for this game which is now over 20 years old.