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Black History Month Spotlight: The Jpop Edition

Hey everybody! Yesterday on the first day of Black History Month, I posted my Black History Month: The K-Music Edition post. Even though I’m a khiphop blog so I mostly post about stuff going on in Korea, I like Jpop as well! I know of quite a few Black people in jpop so I thought I’d give them some shine too! (Side note: My BHM k-music post was actually supposed to be just as long as this one! I got sick in the middle of making it so I just posted what I did. I’m going to add more onto that post soon so look out for it!)

Mendy Sekiguchi

Mendy (also known as Mandy) Sekiguchi is a half Black, half Japanese performer (read: dancer) from Japan’s LDH company. Mendy was born in New Jersey but moved to Japan with his parents when he was very young. He is a member of Generations from EXILE Tribe and even made it into the legendary jpop group, EXILE. 


Nesmith is a singer under LDH (get used to seeing that! Seriously). He is Black and Japanese. Nesmith has been a member of multiple groups during his time in LDH. He was a member of Nidaime J Soul Brothers, which was the second generation of J Soul Brothers. When that ended he was in The Second from EXILE Tribe as well as EXILE and Dance Party Earth of which he is still currently a member of!

Crystal Kay

Crystal, a Black and Korean descent, does numerous things but she is most known for being a singer. Crystal started her career in 1999 at just 13 years old. Eight years later in 2007 she had first number 1 album on the Oricon charts titled, ALL YOURS. In 2014, she signed to LDH where she became a member of Dance Party Earth. Crystal still operates as a solo artist under the label as well.


Jero (government name: Jerome Charles White Jr.) is the first ever Black Enka singer in Japanese history! When Jero, of Black and Japanese descent, came into the scene in 2008 with his first singe, “Umiyuki”, he entered the charts at number 4. He sparked much conversation about black artists. Jero fought with his record label, Victor Entertainment, to keep his hip-hop image despite the fact that he was in a more traditional Japanese genre. In the end, his company allowed him to keep his style. Y’all look at his slaying that doo rag and hat combo!


Elly (government name: Rikiya Elliot) is a performer in LDH’s Sandaime J Soul Brothers, the third and current generation of the group. Elly, of Black and Japanese descent, has been a part of 3JSB since 2014. He has also been involved with acting over the years. Elly has a little brother who is also in the recently debuted LDH group, The Rampage.


I sadly don’t know much about Likiya and can’t find much info about him (The Rampage is like brand new!) but y’all should look into him and his group as well as well! What I do know is that He was born in 1990 and is a performer (again, that’s a dancer for those who may not remember) just like older bro up there!

the signs as k-hip hop(-ish) bands/singers
  • <p> <b>Aries:</b> Dok2, Kangnam, Mad Clown, Outsider, Mino, Hanhae, Bang Yong-guk, Zion.T, Mingyu, U-kwon, Himchan, Jackson, Bom<p/><b>Taurus:</b> Cheetah, Jay Park, Hani, Junghwa, B:eta, D:elta, H:eta, BamBam, Nakta<p/><b>Gemini:</b> Yoon Mi-rae, i:ota, Shownu, A-Tom, Kim Hansol<p/><b>Cancer:</b> Park Kyung, Tablo, Wonwoo, C:ode, Daehyun<p/><b>Leo:</b> Basick, Tiger JK, G-Dragon, Haha, Kim Jin-Pyo, 5Zic, S.Coups, E:psilon, Gohn<p/><b>Virgo:</b> Beenzino, Rap Monster, Zico, Hyerin, Jungkook, Mark, Junior, Choi Youngjae<p/><b>Libra:</b> B.I, Crucial Star, Noh Seung-hwan, Sanchez, Swings, Zelo, Jinsil, F:ie, Taeil, Jimin, Jooheon, P-Goon, Yano, Jenissi<p/><b>Scorpio:</b> MC Tukutz, Kim Jin-woo, Microdot, MC Mong, Masta Wu, T.O.P, J:eta, Yugyeom, Lee Minhyuk, Hojoon, Dara<p/><b>Sagittarius:</b> Bobby, Jessi, Yong Jun-hyung, MC Meta, Tymee, Verbal Jint, LE, B-bomb, Jin, Kihyun, Kidoh<p/><b>Capricorn:</b> Black Nut, Double K, Gaeko, Mithra Jin, Iron, J'Kyun, LOCO, Ollttii, Solji, Jaehyo, V, JB, Hyungwon, B-Joo, Minzy<p/><b>Aquarius:</b> Kisum, Jerry K, Cream, Giriboy, P.O, Minos, San-E, E-Sens, Vernon, J-hope, G:amma, Yoo Youngjae, Jongup, i.M, Xero<p/><b>Pisces:</b> CL, Choiza, Gary, MC Sniper, SiMS, Kiggen, Yuk Jidam, Simon Dominic, The Quiett, Wonho, Sangdo<p/></p>