April 22, 1990 |
Oji, Kita, Tokyo, Japan
Chiba was born in Oji, Kita, Tokyo. He was raised by a single mother along with his younger brother. His younger brother is also an up-and-coming rapper. His father committed suicide by jumping off an apartment building while high on drugs; his mother struggled with an addiction to methamphetamine. KOHH grew up around violence and drugs along with his crew of local friends who share the same experience. His tough environment along with his desire to become a rapper gave him a head start in the Japanese hip-hop scene.
KOHH started producing and recording music at the age of 18 with while making various mixtapes, until he met producer 318 and started releasing material under the label GUNSMITH PRODUCTION. He saw an early underground success within the sub-urban Japanese scene when he produced the song "Young Forever" of his younger brother 'lil kohh' whose music video went viral in Japan.
In 2014 KOHH released his major 2nd studio album titled MONOCHROME. The album was a fair success among the urban acts and its lead track "I don't mind if I'm poor" (Japanese: ? Hepburn: Binb? nante Kinishinai) had a big reception on YouTube.
In 2015, KOHH along with Japanese artist Loota collaborated with Keith Ape's track "" (It G Ma) which became a major hit single in Japan and South Korea apart from gaining international media attention. Back in Japan, KOHH resumed his work and continued working on his new album DIRT after releasing his delayed 1st album (Gardenia). DIRT was released on the 28th of October. The album was also released internationally via iTunes in the 23rd of October. KOHH was featured along with OG Maco on the track "BUCHIAGARI" by Japanese DJ RYOW.
In 2016, KOHH collaborated with major singers like R&B singer Frank Ocean, in the song "Nikes", available in the physical CD of his album Blonde. KOHH was featured in a new song from Japanese American superstar Hikaru Utada, titled "B?kyaku", from her 6th Japanese album Fantôme.
KOHH has been mentioned several times as a major influential force to the Japanese hip hop scene in recent years. KOHH has occasionally criticized how small the hip hop scene is in Japan and has tackled major mainstream TVs for its negligence of noticing hip hop. KOHH has also being praised for his smart use of topics like drug use and violence within the Japanese society which are considered controversial in the country. After being featured in "" (It G Ma), KOHH received an even bigger praise from international audiences who recognized his use of the phrase 'Arigat?' (Thank you) in his verse as the trademark of the hit song and praised the artist whose performance was the one that left the biggest impression on the track.M-flo's Taku Takahashi has appointed KOHH as one of the main acts in the Japanese hip hop renaissance.
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|2016||KOHH||Best Hip Hop Artist||Won|
|2017||KOHH||Best Hip Hop Artist||Won|