Latin Conference & Awards

Zen

Those who think that hip-hop is nothing more than a rapper and a DJ should give a serious listen to DJ Krush's latest set.

Those who think that hip-hop is nothing more than a rapper and a DJ should give a serious listen to DJ Krush's latest set. A hip-hop pioneer in his Japanese homeland, DJ Krush effortlessly combines elements of rap, soul, and world music into a unified whole. As on such previous albums as 1996's Mei-so and '99's Kakusei, Zen finds DJ Krush a true master of emotion, particularly on tracks like the sultry "With Grace" (featuring N'Dea Davenport) and the complex "Endless Railway" (featuring the Roots' drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson). Also injecting additional verve into the proceedings are Zap Mama and Company Flow, among others.—RH