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“One day when I was on the stage during a performance the Japanese Yakuza came to the club and made a fuss and got into a scuffle. As soon as our Leader and the Yakuza man started to fight, I jumped on the Yakuza man. I got punched as he said “Stay away! Ugly monkey girl!” Then it became a sloppy big melee. I was so mischievous and feared nothing.” – Ray-Law
Being a female rapper in Japan in the 1990s could be tough, and Ray-Law has paid her dues to gain respect in a country whose Rap scene tended to be dominated by men. Drawing on the inspiration from artists like MC Hammer, the Fugees and MC Lyte, she developed her craft and in the process became transformed into a rapper with a new subject to rap about: the power of love.
Her latest project is the charity album “GIFT: Ray-Law PRESENTS?Afro Spot & Friends” which brings together a dozen Japanese artists to help those with intractable diseases. She may not be brawling with the Yazuka much these days, but the passion in her heart has never wavered as she sums things up: “My career is as a Rap musician. I don’t know where I might go, but I want to be a cool and stylish messenger of love even in old age.”