rhymeberry-1st-album

Release Date: December 16, 2015

Track Listing

  1. Intro>
  2. Mirrorball
  3. Happy Lucky
  4. 365
  5. I’m a dreaming girl
  6. skit
  7. Rhyme Hate Roku
  8. Fly High
  9. Outro ~a letter from~
  10. 365 ~acoustic version~
  11. Fly High (Live Version) [Limited Edition Track]
  12. Rhyme Hate Roku (Live Version) [Limited Edition Track]

Review

Rhymeberry are a Japanese idol group formed in 2011. Originally a quartet consisting of 3 MC’s (Hime, Yuka and Miri) and one DJ (DJ Hikaru), they made their debut with the single Hey! Brother in July of 2012 and later in the same year they signed with T-Palette Records.

In April of 2014 MC Yuka (Otawara Yuka) withdrew from the group due to family circumstances. The group continues on as a 3-member unit until DJ Hikaru and MC Hime announced their graduations in February 2015.

The group’s producer at the time (Kuwashima Yoshikazu) also left with them due to the expiration of his contract.

The only remaining member of Rhymeberry was MC Miri. All was not lost for the group as a replacement for the departed members was found in the form of former Aither member MC Misaki; and in May of 2015 they released their single Mirrorball as the 2-member version of Rhymeberry.

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Which leads to this self-titled album. Released in December of 2015 it features beats produced by Daihatsu, Sagawa Hiroki, Josh White and DJ-S.A.L.

The question that is brought up is whether you will get that Hip-Hop flavor that the group was known for before all the member and producer changes. Well if you go by the lead single Mirrorball or Rhyme Hate Roku the answer is no. They are more like the rave dance floor attack of Stereo Japan and about as far away from what long-time followers of Rhymeberry know and love. How you take these songs will probably depend on how much of a fan you are of that type of dance music.

One should instead look to other songs on the album such as 365, Happy Lucky, I’m a dreaming girl and to an extent Fly High if you want a taste of the old school. These will probably be most pleasing to those who were hooked by the idol rap aspect of this group.

And that is still the main appeal of Rhymeberry as 5 of the 7 songs on this album (excluding the intro, outro, skit and acoustic version of 365) are firmly within what really works for them. And for idols they are fairly decent MC’s. They’re not going to be winning any rap battles or anything, but they do show a fairly good competence on the mic.

This self-titled album builds on the promise that the previous versions of Rhymeberry showed before they imploded. If this current 2-member version of the group is stable there’s a lot to look forward to in the future.

RHYMEBERRY (Regular Edition)

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RHYMEBERRY (Limited Edition)

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