Steph Pockets is one of Japan’s top selling hip-hop artist / music producer. She started rapping when she was 9 years old. When she was in the 5th grade she took Will Smith to school with her for career day. While attending Temple University (B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1999) she performed at various music conferences throughout the USA. In 2001 her song “Bum Bum Bum”, was used for the film “O” (Julia Stiles and Josh Harnett). She released her albums “My Crew Deep”, 2004 and “Flowers”, 2005. “Flowers” was #5 on the Tower Records Japan Top-10 Hip-Hop list for albums sold in 2005, and both albums made the weekly charts in multiple categories at Tower Records and HMV. Also in 2005 she performed at the Blue Note in Osaka and Nagoya, and sold-out clubs throughout Japan. She produced tracks for A.I. (Life, Party), who went Platinum. Steph also produced tracks for other artist including Aya Ueto (star of “Azumi” movies). Steph’s 3rd album, “Can’t Give Up”, was released in Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan in 2007. “Can’t Give Up” was #1 in pre-orders sales by Tower Records, and #7 in the top selling Hip-Hop albums of 2007. The title track, featuring Speech from Arrested Development, was on Japan Airlines’ in-flight audio play-list. In 2007 Steph scored a commercial for McDonald’s, which still airs worldwide. In 2007 her 4th album, “The Early Works” was released. Nov-Dec 2007 she completed a 16 city sold-out tour of Japan. In Dec ‘07 Steph headlined the AIDS/HIV charity event “Nippon Jam,” presented by the New York Japan Student Association at the Knitting Factory in NYC. Steph's song "Night Life" was featured on the AND1 DVD in Japan Dec ‘08. In 2009 she released her 5th album, “Friend”, and toured throughout Japan (18 shows in 14 cities). In 2011 Steph completed her album, “Forever”. She was also featured on a song alongside Sadat X (Brand Nubian), Sonny Cheeba (Camp-Lo) and Anna Tsuchiya (Kamikaze Girls) produced by Volta Masters, that was released in March 2011. Following the 2012 release of her 6th album “Forever” she had 14 shows throughout 11 cities in Japan. In 2013 she had various shows throughout Tokyo and Kanazawa. She also performed with Volta Masters at One California Day Festival in Chigasaki. Her 10th anniversary projects started immediately after that last tour. To celebrate her 10th year of her musical success, she released an official mix CD called “Gold Rose mixed by DJ bara” (Freedom Records) and a collaboration album “10 TEN” dj kou & Steph Pockets. She toured 22 shows all around Japan promoting those projects in 2014. In 2015 she had a 4 shows in France. After seeing her performances in France she got several offers and request to work on projects with different French producers and artists. Her anthem “My Crew Deep” was remade and released on the Jazzy & Mellow Hip Hop compilation album “IN YA MELLOW TONE 12” this series has sold 340,000 copies. The song is called “My Crew Deep Together feat, Ai Ninomiya” in 2016.
IN YA MELLOW TONE 12
May 18 2016 in stores
" My Crew Deep Together feat, Ai Ninomiya"
(prod, by GEMINI)
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