“Breaking into the hip hop world isn’t easy for anyone. So when a few East Asian homeboys started posting up flyers and hustling to get audiences — it seemed inconceivable that seven years later, they’d get signed to Interscope, tour the world, and split a bill with Lady Gaga. Despite a few success stories — Kid Koala, DJ Qbert — back then, the world wasn’t so open to Asian MCs. At the dawn of 2010, it seems everything’s changed.
Known for their wild, upbeat performances in astronaut helmets (and the occasional gorilla costume). Their hits – “Round Round,” “Like a G6,” and “Girls on the Dance Floor” are radio gold – exuberant, dance-friendly tracks that demand more than just backpacker head-bobbing. Childhood friends Kev Nish, Prohgress, and J-Splif started performing under the name Emcees Anonymous. Slowly gaining a reputation for really getting a party going, their first mixtape, 2005′s Audio-Bio sold 20,000 — huge numbers for an unsigned, independent act. And we noticed. In 2006 we invited Far East Movement to perform at a concert (“”Chi Rocks!”") and haven’t stopped cheerleading for them as they went on to release more albums, get songs on Hollywood films (The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift), hit shows (CSI, Entourage) and basically every dance crew performance out there. With the addition of DJ Virman, from LA’s highest-rated radio station Power 106, they released the 2008 album, Animal. Spots on bills with Jay Z and Sean Paul, a tour with LMFAO, sold out shows…and now the tour with the Lady Gaga. We’ve always had FM on our dial, and in minutes the world will too. ”
Far East Movement is the new face of hip-hop – unruly, over-the-top, and laugh-out-loud hilarious.
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