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Nippon Hip Hop Nation – 1 日本ヒップホップ・ネイション Miss Hitoe from SPEED – 1



日本ヒップホップ・ネイション Miss Hitoe from SPEED – 1




ブラック・カルチャーが大好きで、アフロ・ヘアやブレイズ・ヘアでヒップホップ・ダンスを踊ったりして注目された仁絵さん。彼女のファンキーで自由奔放な自己表現は日本のお茶の間のみなさんにもすんなり受け入れられました。仁絵さんのラヴリーなキャラのおかげで、ブラック・カルチャーが一般大衆にまで広まりました。 自分のパフォーマンスに「ソウル」を散りばめてお茶の間のみなさんにお届けする、そんな彼女の功績はとても素晴らしいと私は思います。ハーレム2ニッポンではブラック・カルチャーと日本の文化を結ぶ「架け橋」が目標なのですが、それをいとも簡単に実現してしまったのが仁絵さんではないでしょうか。


その仁絵さんと最近会う機会があり、あらためて彼女のブラック・カルチャーを愛する姿勢に感動しました。SPEED 再結成、11月14日にニュー・アルバム、「 4 colors」をリリースするそうです。仁絵さんのアーティストとしての歩みを振り返ってみましょう。


1996年 SPEED結成。新垣仁絵15歳でトイズ・ファクトリーとレーベル契約、芸能界デビュー。目標はアメリカのヒップホップ・ガール・グループ、TLC。


1997年、ファースト・アルバム、「Starting Over」をリリース。


1999年、「Carry On My Way」アルバム・リリース。



仁絵さんのインタビューは次回、Part 1 とPart 2 の2回に分けてお届けしますのでお楽しみに!


Nippon Hip Hop Nation – 1 Miss Hitoe from SPEED



Nippon Hip Hop Nation – 1

Miss Hitoe from SPEED

 The first guest for our new feature “Nippon Hip Hop Nation” Special Interview series is a good friend of mine, Miss Hitoe of SPEED.

Hitoe Arakaki ,is the oldest member of the Japanese pop girl group SPEED, which disbanded in 2000 and reformed in 2009. Their first album since their reunion, 4 Colors, will be released on November 14, 2012.

Arakaki was born in Okinawa, Japan, and is also known by her first name, Hitoe. Her trademarks are her enthusiastic dancing as well as her wild and eccentric hairstyles.

Speed made their major label debut on August 5, 1996 and became an immediate success. Their debut album Starting Over became their first number one album on Japan’s Oricon weekly charts. They would eventually become the most successful girl group in Asia with sales of over 20 million singles and albums in just three years and eight months. The members disbanded on March 31, 2000 to pursue solo careers and to study.

Speed – Ashita No Sora

In 1999, Hitoe released her first solo single, “Inori”, which reached number two on the Oricon charts. On December 2002, she released her second single “I Got You” and the album I’ll Do It My Way. Besides “Inori,” she co-wrote all the tracks on the album. In February 2003, she released her third single, “I’ll Do It My Way”.

Hitoe is also an accomplished graphic artist, and following Speed’s breakup, she moved to New York City to attend art school. She is known for her distinctive graffiti styled paintings often depicting African-American life style. She has published an art book called “Vibe Art” and has held private exhibitions in Tokyo and New York. Her work has also been featured on the covers of various American Hip Hop compilation CDs.

Hitoe also became active in yoga and is a licensed yoga instructor in Japan.  In June 2007, she published a book and DVD of yoga lessons. Hitoe is currently teaching yoga in Shibuya, Japan’s Star Light Studio.

SPEED Discography

Studio Albums

1997         Starting Over

1998         Rise

1999          Carry On My Way

2003         Bridge

Other Albums

1998         Moment

2000         SPEED The Memorial best 1335 Days Dear Friends 1

2000         SPEED The Memorial best 1335 Days Dear Friends 2

2001         SPEED Memorial Live “One More Dream” + Remix

2004         Best Hits Live: Save The Children SPEED Live 2003

2009         SPEEDland: The Premium Best Re Tracks

Hitoe’s interview coming soon!

Yasuko Ito