The use of anime reference in rap music culture


Anime is a popular form of entertainment in Japan, but it's also enjoyed by people all over the world. It's not just Japanese people who watch anime—it's an international phenomenon! There are plenty of different types of anime out there, including action-packed shows like Dragon Ball Z and romantic comedies like Love Hina. However, one thing that unites all these different kinds of shows is that they all have some kind of basis in reality: they're based on real life events or characters from history. This means that rappers can take inspiration from real life events and incorporate them into their own music without having to worry about violating copyright laws (because those don't exist) or getting sued by someone else who owns an identical image rights (again).

History and origin

Anime is a form of animation that originated in Japan in the late 19th century. It's a style of animation characterized by its use of hand-drawn images and often incorporates colorful characters, costumes, settings and background art.

Anime has been popular in Japan for almost 100 years (starting with the first Japanese animated film "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" in 1896), but it did not become widely known outside Japan until after World War II when American soldiers stationed there saw Japanese cartoons on TV sets at U.S.-run bases and started requesting them for themselves—a habit which continues today as anime titles remain hugely popular across Asia including China, South Korea and Singapore among others

Japan's influence on Europe and the US

While anime is a global phenomenon, it's important to remember that the United States and Europe are home to some of the most popular anime.

The US has been watching anime since the 1960s, when animation studios like Toei and Toei Animation began producing their own adaptations of Japanese comics and cartoons for American audiences. These were dubbed and released on television by companies like Hanna-Barbera Productions and Warner Bros., which led them to become known as "anime."

Europeans have also been watching Japanese cartoons since childhood: many countries in Europe still have children's channels dedicated solely to showing these shows! For example, Disney Channel in France; Cartoon Network in Italy; Boomerang UK – all these channels feature an array of Japanese animated series aimed at kids aged 7–12 years old (though some may be slightly older).

Rappers referencing anime in their music

Rap music is a part of modern culture, and anime is a big part of modern culture. So why not combine the two? It's not a new idea: rap music has been around for decades, while anime has only been around since the 1960s. Both are popular among young people all over the world, so it makes sense that they might influence each other when it comes to their content.

The most obvious example of this is Kanye West's 2010 single "Heartless." The song features lyrics that appear to be lifted directly from his favorite show at the time—Naruto Shippuden (the fourth season)—as well as references to other characters from said show like Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno. It also includes lines about how he'll become rich if he were born in another country such as Japan or South Korea where anime is more popular than anywhere else in America except possibly Los Angeles itself!

Is it just a fad?

The use of anime reference in rap culture is a fad that has been around for years, but the internet is making it more popular now than ever before. The reason why this subculture has grown so much over the past few years, is because there are many different ways to express yourself online through social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter.

When someone uses an anime reference in their lyrics or videos, they are reaching out to an audience who may not otherwise be interested in listening to rap music or watching anime shows like Dragon Ball Z or Naruto Shippuden (anime series). Also, using this type of language helps them stand out from other rappers who do not use these kinds of references when writing their songs/videos because it makes them seem unique from other artists within the same genre category! Finally...

Are rappers out of ideas?

Rap is a young genre, and it's still evolving. The music industry has changed quite dramatically since the beginning of rapping in the late 1940s, when jazz and blues were at their peak popularity. Nowadays, rap is considered to be one of the most popular genres on earth—and that’s not even counting its influence on other genres like hip-hop or electronic music!

Rap artists have been able to keep up with this rapid change by creating new styles and sounds all throughout their careers as musicians. If you listen closely enough while listening to any given rapper's songs over time then you'll notice how much they've evolved over time: from beats (the rhythmic sound used), lyrics (words), flow (the way they speak), cadence (their rhythm) style...

Anime is an important part of modern music culture

Anime, manga and rap culture are all part of the same thing. They’re all expressions of modern pop culture.

Anime is a part of modern youth culture. It’s also a global phenomenon that has spread around the world like wildfire and has become an integral part of our daily lives.


The anime reference is alive and well in today’s rap culture. A popular rapper like YG has made several references to anime, while others like 2 Chainz have taken the opportunity to make fun of their own music videos. While some may see this as a fad or a gimmick, we at Rap Genius think that it’s actually quite interesting how rappers are using this cultural influence to help shape their own identities and even create new ones.