The relationship between anime and hip–hop music
About a week ago I was listening to music with a friend and the song “passing me by” by the paracyde came on Pandora. This was my friends first time listing to the track but he recognized it because it was sampled in another song. This is very common with hip hop music as sampling is the bread and butter of hip-hop. He couldn’t remember the name of the song that sample the phracydde but I later found it on YouTube. The song is called “affection” by an artist named JInsang. The song was paired by clips “Garden of words” romance anime movie. Now just by listening to this track and many others recommended by YouTube I thought to myself what is the association to anime and these instrumental tracks? Few anime have hip hop based soundtracks, however this Anime vibe style videos are becoming more popular and more hip-hop producers are sampling anime in their songs so I decided to see where this culture diffusion took place.
So, for those who may not know sampling in hip-hop is a practice where a producer takes a part of a song that has already been created and incorporates it into a new work of music. Music from every genre has been sampled in hip hop. If you are curious about what your favorite song sampled or who may have sampled your favorite song.
One trend that I’ve seen throughout the songs featured on Anime vibe is a slow and laid-back tone that could best be categorized in the lo-fi hip hop genre. But why are lo-fi hip-hop songs often paired together with visuals from anime? Well my best guess is that a calm and relaxing art style goes well with a calm and relaxing song. I believe one of the things that drew me to anime originally were the colorful images and soft and rounded facial features common in anime. I feel that watching anime is a good way relax so combining relaxing and calming visuals with a song could increase the effects that a song may have on an audience as many seek out slow instrumental tracks to relax and study to.
Now in the early 2000’s anime boomed in America along with hip hop songs that sampled anime tracks. Now this could be because of the anime boom or because of the release of samurai Champloo which is known for its hip-hop soundtrack. Samurai Champloo came out in 2003 right in the middle of the anime boom and saw lots of exposure due to being featured on adult swim. It’s very likely that samurai Champloo got many anime fans into hip-hop music and inspired them to produce their own hip-hop beats. It just goes to show that art inspires more art.