Premiere Hip Hop recently caught up with Dj Toshi to see what’s going on in the NYC music scene and what’s next for Toshi!
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON?
I’ve been working on my compilation album. This album was surposed to be released the last year but I haven’t finished it yet due to the other stuff i had to work on. I dj for radio shows, live showcase and other parties a lot. I record and work in the studio for somebody else’s projects as well.
HOW DO ARTISTS FROM THE US UTILIZE OR NETWORK WITH YOU?
I meet and link with artists at the shows, network parties e.t.c. A lot of artists in and outside of The US hit me up online as well such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and emails. Sometimes, It gets too hectic to answer em all..lol.
WHAT IS THE STATE OF HIP HOP IN YOUR COUNTRY?
I’ve been in the US too long. So I can’t really tell precisely about the state of hip hop in Japan today. Today’s mainstream music seems like very different compare to 90’s era which boom bap Hip Hop was really huge and big trend for the Japanese youth. New York hip hop was huge influence for many of us that loved hip hop music. There were a lot of clothing and records stores out there back then. But most of dope stores that I used to know have folded like the ones in New York. You don’t see B-Boys fashion and feel hip hop vibes anymore when you walk around the town in Tokyo. That’s how i felt when i was back in Japan 2 years ago There is and will be always a core underground hip hop scene in Japan, though. That would never die and change.
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK WITH IN THE INDUSTRY?
I don’t know anyone specific at this moment but I’d love to work with anyone dope and who like to work with me. There are plenty of dope artists out here.
WHERE CAN WE BUY YOUR MUSIC PHYSICALLY AND ONLINE?
My single “Authentic” is available online right now..itunes, amazon, cdbaby..e.t.c and you can just directly hit my email up for my mixtape physical copies. I will let you know what I have available to purchase.
WHO ARE YOU WORKING WITH RIGHT NOW TO MAKE YOUR MUSIC?
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been working on my compilation album. This one features a lot of dope mc’s. Other than that, I just laid some cuts on Sabotawj’s single. The song is called ” Caskets “. The song is dope. They are the artists based in California. And I’m about lay some cuts on new Innocent? joint and Napoleon The Legend joint that I produced as well.
WHAT ARE YOU FUTURE CAREER GOALS?
To be honest with you, I’m not sure if there is a goal for me . Hip Hop is the way of the lifestyle and music is part of my life. I’m just trying to make it happen in many ways and make better and quality life that we all deserve.