Hey everyone, BCJ is back this month bringing you more top notch events, profiles and cool talent to offset the sweltering summer heat!
Next up we are pleased to present Bronx native, Jessica “Tomoko” Perez, an amazing MC/beat maker, currently in the Kansai music scene. Though we introduced Jessica with her full name, most are likely to be familiar with her stage name, Kimblee and even more recent, ____ihatemilk. With an eclectic music taste and fresh style, just about everyone wants to know what makes this artist tick so let’s dive in:
Black Creatives Japan: Alright, first things first: can you describe for us, your sound or genre of music?
Jessica T. Perez: This kind of question is always difficult for me to answer, in part because I’m probably overthinking, but also because I’m reluctant to put my sound under any labels. I make music as a singer/MC as Kimblee, but these days, I’ve also taken a deep interest in beat-making and production as ___ihatemilk.
Kimblee is probably more familiar across members of BCJ who always come out and show support, (thank you!) and that sound is definitely more R&B/Neo-soul, with a little boom-bap thrown in – I mean you can take the girl out of the Bronx, but….haha.
And ___ihatemilk is a bit darker, percussion driven, hip hop and dance music. There’s definitely some abstract jazz mixed in too and I try to incorporate house elements into my beats as well. I really enjoy blending genres, and people who have heard IHM told me they enjoy the unpredictability and atmospheres of those tracks. It’s totally different and I love it. They’re still both very much me.Continue reading