Hime (姫, literally, "princess") born 1979 is a Japanese hip hop artist. She released her debut solo album Hime hajime in October 2003 and is part of DJ Honda's studio. Her works are notable for their use of Japanese cultural themes, including tanka metre and sampling of kabuki and bunraku narrations. Her works also often touch on themes of female empowerment; she describes herself as the voice of the "Japanese doll". One example of the incorporation of traditional Japanese poetry and contemporary hip-hop can be heard in the song Tateba shakuyaku or Standing, she's a peony "this sound, giri and ninjo the spirit of harmony will the surprise attack come from the peony" In the chorus of the song, as seen above, Hime writes in a thirty-one-syllable tanka. Hime's embrace of the ancient form of poetry in her rapping, as well as her frequent use of Japanese cliche's and traditional rhythms, show a trend in some Japanese hip hop to localize at the same time that they are embracing a global musical form. "Hime's use of Japanese cliches is provocative in a club setting where the latest slang from MTV tends to be most valued".


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