Zeebra

Zeebra (ジブラ, Jibura, born April 2, 1971), real name Hideyuki Yokoi (横井英之), is a Japanese hip hop recording artist and DJ who made his first appearance in 1995. Zeebra is a former member of the hip-hop group King Giddra, which also included DJ Oasis and K Dub Shine, and the older brother of fellow hip hop recording artist SPHERE of INFLUENCE. He went on to pursue a solo career shortly after in 1997, and signed with the Future Shock record label.

Zeebra is one of the most popular rappers in Japan, and his popularity is not specific to either gender. He appears not only in hip-hop magazines, but also in fashion and street culture magazines. He often features in and produces other rappers' songs, and appears in their videos. He has also performed live with various rappers from America.

In 1998 Zeebra undertook his first solo tour. He became recognized as an individual rapper for the first time, making hip-hop more familiar to Japanese listeners. In the same year he started the first hip-hop TV program in Japan, titled Beats to the Rhyme. One of Zeebra's songs was used in a Nike promotion video for NBA Japan games. The following year Zeebra released the single "Mr. Dynamite", the first hip-hop single to break into the top 50 on the Japanese pop charts. In June 2000, he released his new album Based on a True Story, which sold 250,000 copies. At the end of that year Zeebra started his first Japan tour, the first hip-hop event to sell out. In 2001 Zeebra released the single "Never Enuff", the theme song for a Japanese movie called Brother, directed by Takeshi Kitano and starring Claude Maki. In 2002 he temporarily rejoined King Giddra, but has been doing solo work since 2003 and has released many songs. At present, he is producing songs not only for rap artists, but also for pop stars like Namie Amuro.

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Releases

Sleeve Title Year Format
Zeebra - Live Animal 2000-Japan Tour 2001 DVD, DVD-Video
No Image Zeebra - Tokyo's Finest 2003 Vinyl, LP, Album
Zeebra - Supatech 2003 CD, Maxi-Single
Zeebra - Butterfly City 2010 CD, Maxi-Single, DVD, DVD-Video, All Media, Limited Edition
Zeebra - The Live Animal '03 Japan Tour-Tokyo's Finest 2005 DVD, DVD-Video
Zeebra - Big Big Money 2003 CD, Single
Zeebra - 100 Feat. ~Zeebra 25th Anniversary Box~ 2013 CD, Box Set, Compilation, Limited Edition
Zeebra - 25 To Life 2013 CD, Album
Zeebra - 真っ昼間 1997 CD, Maxi-Single
Zeebra - Mr. Dynamite 2000 CD, Maxi-Single
Zeebra - The Three 16's (The Returen) / Street Dreams 2006 Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Promo
Zeebra - Big Big Money 2003 Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Maxi-Single
Zeebra - Based On A True Story 2000 Vinyl, LP, Album
Zeebra - The First Struggle 2002 CD, Compilation
Zeebra - Perfect Queen 2003 CD, Maxi-Single
Zeebra - Tokyo's Finest 2003 CD, Album
Zeebra - Street Dreams 2005 CD, Maxi-Single
Zeebra (2) - Anytime 1979 Vinyl, 7", EP
Zeebra - I'm Still No.1 1999 Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Zeebra - Jackin' 4 Beats 2009 Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Zeebra - The New Beginning 2006 CD, Album
Zeebra - Black World / White Heat 2011 CD, Album
Zeebra (5) - Sunset's Wake / Balega 1983 Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Maxi-Single
Zeebra - ZEEBRA 20th Annyversary The Live Animal In Budokan 2009 DVD
Zeebra - Oh Yeah 2005 CD, Single
Zeebra - White Heat 2011 CD, Album, Stereo
ZEEBRA - My People 2007 CD, Single
Zeebra - Stop Playin' A Wall 2006 CD, Maxi-Single
Zeebra - Butterfly City 2010 CD, Maxi-Single
Zeebra - 25 To Life 2013 CD, Album
No Image Zeebra - Street Dreams / Wildin' 2005 Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Stereo
Zeebra (6) - Under The Sea 2011 File, WAV, Stereo
Zeebra - 真っ昼間 1997 Vinyl, 12"
Zeebra - The Rhyme Animal 1998 CD, Album
Zeebra - Bushido 2008 CD, Single, DVD, DVD-Video
Zeebra - The Clips ~Complete Collection~ 2008 DVD, DVD-Video, Compilation
Zeebra - Diamond In The Sand 2014 File, AAC, Single
Zeebra - Based On A True Story 2000 CD, Album
Zeebra - Big Big Money 2003 CD, Single
Zeebra (5) - Uncertain Age 1983 Vinyl, LP, Album
Zeebra - Touch The Sky Vinyl, 12"
Zeebra - The New Beginning 2006 CD, Album
Zeebra - Endless Summer Sonpub Remix 2014 File, AAC, Single
Zeebra - 真っ昼間 New Boys Remix 2014 File, AAC, Single
Zeebra - Summer Collection 2014 CD, Compilation
Zeebra - Do What U Gotta Do / Story Of A Sucka MC 2006 Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Zeebra - World Of Music 2007 CD, Album
Zeebra - I Do It 2012 File, AAC, Single
Zeebra - Tokyo's Finest 2003 CD, Album
Zeebra - 真っ昼間 1997 CD, Maxi-Single

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