Music • 16 Feb, 2017
WATCH: JAPANESE RAPPER KOHH STARS IN SHORT FILM
Underground favourite Reveals a Darker Side
“The dream that stayed with me, is the one in which I commit suicide.”
So opens the trailer for Kohn’s Son, a new short film featuring enigmatic Japanese rap star KOHH, directed by sisters Lyndsay and Toa Bardo. Dark and dreamlike, in preparing to make the film, the girls knew nothing more than that they liked the brooding hip hop artists’ music and the persona he presented. What they managed to catch on film was a welcome surprise - a journey through an underground part of Japan not shown to the outside world that often.
“I guess we really discovered and unraveled him when we started shooting,” they explain. “He came to life in a very organic way. We had no preconceived ideas or prior knowledge, we just liked his music and his style, but it’s always more fun to take a walk on the dark side and he seemed like the guy to do it with.” Their film captures the artist’s duality – a firebrand on-stage, reticent and softly spoken off it. His replies are precise and unwasteful; everything that he really wants to be known lies within the music he makes.
First coming to worldwide recognition via his verse on Keith Ape’s “It G Ma” in 2015, he’d already cultivated a strong following at home via his first mixtape ‘Yellow Tape’ released in 2012, which was followed by three studio albums, the latest of which, Dirt II he released at a listening party in Paris opposite a gallery show he curated. Multi-talented too.
Check out the film below:
Words by jonaspin