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Dragon Ash

"Dragon Ash" (Katakana: ドラゴンアッシュ) is a Japanese rock group led by rap mogul Kenji Furuya. They are an icon in Japan and were one of the first groups to popularize hip hop in Japan. They brought an American flavor to Japanese music and helped to turn rap music mainstream, with a mixture of rapping, rap-rock, punk and R&B influences. Some of their best known songs include ''Drugs can't kill teens'', ''Life Goes On'' and ''I Love Hip-Hop''. The group uses various samples, most notably from the famous American alternative group, The Smashing Pumpkins: these songs include ''Cherub Rock'' in which they sample the bass line from The Smashing Pumpkins song by the same name, and ''Grateful Days'' in which they sample the opening of ''Today'' by The Smashing Pumpkins; they also named one of their songs "Siva", after the Pumpkins song.

Dragon Ash has gained some popularity in the United States by releasing the song "Shizuka na Hibi no Kaidan Wo". This song was used as the ending theme for a popular Japanese movie, Battle Royale; for many Americans, Dragon Ash was first discovered through watching this movie.

Kenji Furuya has also worked on several side projects in re...

years active 1997~present
country Japan
status Active
music genre J-Rock, Hip hop, Drum and Bass
current members Furuya Kenji (Vocals, Guitar)
Baba Ikuzo (Bass)
Makoto Sakurai (Drums)
BOTS (DJ)
Hiroki (Guitar)
ATSUSHI & DRI-V (Dance)
license: GNU FDL
source: Wikipedia