There's an anime fan inside everyone. Sure, it may seem hard to imagine, but that famous actor you're watching on the big screen or that popular artist you're listening to on Spotify is probably a big anime fan like you. The hip hop world, in particular, is home to some of the biggest anime fans in the music industry. However, that's not really a big surprise, as anime and manga resonate strongly with the African American community. In this list of hip hop artists, you'll see how anime influenced the personal lives and musical work.
Ready to have your mind blown? Here are 16 rappers you didn't realize love anime. Want more shocking anime facts? Make sure to check out 15 celebrities who are surprisingly into anime.
Kanye West made his love for anime quite clear when he used Akira, the revolutionary 1988 anime movie, as inspiration for his 2007 music video "Stronger." West, who's never shy about expressing his opinion, pulled another “Imma let you finish” on Twitter when he watched a top 10 anime films video on YouTube that placed Spirited Away above Akira. "No way Spirited Away is better than Akira... NOOO WAAAY...," West tweeted.
Unfortunately, West's Twitter account is no more, but that tweet will always live on in screenshots.371112Does this rapper deserve otaku status?
Xavier WulfVideo: YouTube
Don't think just cause Xavier Wulf is watching anime he won't come at you. That's basically a line from Wulf's 2014 rap "Episode 1: No One Is Safe."15540Does this rapper deserve otaku status?
There's more to Open Mike Eagle than his love of Adventure Time. He also has an appreciation of Japanese animation. His animated music video "Dang Is Invincible" bears a strong resemblance to the 2004 anime Dead Leaves by Production I.G.
It's a beautiful piece of animated work by international animation company Studio Doulzia.10566Does this rapper deserve otaku status?
"Soulja Boy fact of the day: I'm a fan of Anime," the hip-hop artist tweeted in 2009. Soulja Boy's love of anime is clear, considering he's done a Death Note mixtape and wrote a song called "Goku," which became an Internet meme because of the lyric "Bitch I look like Goku."
He made another Dragon Ball Z reference in a song simply titled "Anime." "Anime swag, I’m flying like Goku / Anime swag, when I pull up in that old school."213212Does this rapper deserve otaku status?