Tokyo-born MC Tigarah considered becoming a politician or ambassador while majoring in political science at Keio University, but she uses her global outlook in her music, which blends baile funk, grime, and crunk with topical, convention-challenging lyrics. The "girl like a tiger" was introduced to baile funk by her Brazilian classmates and was so inspired that she went to Brazil, making several trips to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro to learn more about the culture and record with local musicians. It was in Rio de Janeiro that she met DJ/producer Mr. D. The pair decided to work together in 2003, and in 2006 they self-released the Tigarah EP, which included songs such as the consumerist-critical "Roppongi-Dori." That year they also signed a deal with Universal Records. Tigarah's music has appeared on TV shows such as Numbers and The L Word, and in video games including FIFA 08 and Need for Speed: Carbon. The duo spent 2007 bouncing between points including Rio, Tokyo, and Los Angeles, touring and working on tracks for their debut album, Revolution, which was released in spring 2008. ~ Heather Phares
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