DJ OZMA to retire at end of year; become producer

DJ OZMA to retire at end of year; become producer DJ OZMA, right, and Seigo Maki

TOKYO —

DJ OZMA announced he will be retiring from the entertainment world at the end of this year, at his “Urgent Important Press Conference” held Thursday. He also announced his intentions to become a producer.

“I debuted in Taiwan back in March 2006, and since my peak at the Red and White Singing Contest at the end of that year, things have been going slowly downhill, and I feel I’ve reached my limit,” he said.

Asked about what he will do in the future, he said: “I want to be involved in the production of good artists and put out some good tunes. I’d also like to travel a bit next year.”

DJ OZMA also announced that Seigo Maki, his friend whom he first met when they worked together part-time at a video store in Suginami Ward, will succeed him as the second generation of DJ OZMA, in a “pure, correct and beautiful” way. He provided no clarification on what that meant.

With just over one month to go before he retires, DJ OZAMA expressed his desire to be allowed back on the Red and White Singing Contest, which he has been banned from since his performance in 2006 in which he and his back-up dancers wore bodysuits which made them look nude. “This is my last year. I’ll even get down on my hands and knees. I haven’t given up yet,” he said.

DJ OZMA’s new single “Masurao” goes on sale on Dec 3. His last concert will be held at Yokohama Arena on Dec 13, and his final album “I Love Party People 3” will go on sale on New Year’s Eve.

Wire reports

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    thepro

    He held a press conference to retire after just 2 years? Haha. What about his other group with the comedians where they make fun of black people?

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    LFRAgain

    Won't be missing him. He's a lousy parody of equally lousy, over-the-top, sexual innuendo-laden rap "music" from the States. This is a transparent ploy to get back onto Red and White where he'll just do something obnoxious again, piss people off, walk away laughing, and come out of "retirement" a week later. Wish he'd simply stay out of music all together.

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    TrappedNTokyo

    Good bye and please dont come back. Really tired of all these wannabe rap stars in Japan that think they have street cred. It's a fad in Japan. None of these artist can claim hard times or know the "ghetto" which is the basis for rap music. It's really getting tiring watching these wannabe boy bands strut on stage in wife beaters with "choreographed" routines that make NSYNC look like Run DMC. Please just be honest with yourself and if you are talented then be honest with the public. This Jpop stuff is really getting nausiating. I say we drop off OZMA-san in south central L.A. and really see what he is made of. No need for a press conference just let the last sound be the sound of the door hitting you in the a$$ on the way out...

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    onedragon

    He says he want to travel a bit next year. He should take a holiday to Compton in L.A. and do some shows for that audience.Then come back to Japan and start an enka career.

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    ptolemy

    Oh man, this ruins my whole weekend.

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    franz75

    ptolemy: don't me sad my friend. SMAP is still arround.

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    empossible

    Gotta love the Orphan Annie-esque hair-do he sport, tho.... Ick!

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    tomu4

    We love DJ OZMA, he is very talent in entertainment and music. so everyone who don't like him just shut up and don't make any stupid comment. here is japan not LA.

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    Honne

    “I debuted in Taiwan back in March 2006, and since my peak at the Red and White Singing Contest at the end of that year, things have been going slowly downhill, and I feel I’ve reached my limit,”

    DJ OZMA never had any high limits to begin with. His act and resulting popularity was just a flash in the pan which ended up growing old like the "GET'S" dude, Hard Gay, and what will happen if it already hasn't happened to one trick ponies like Yoshio Kojima.

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    tokyoalex

    TrappedNTokyo, do you have any idea what you're talking about?

    Just look at "DJ Ozma" in the top right of that picture. Does he look like he wants "street cred"? He is a comedian. The guy is the lead singer of a band called Kishidan. He obviously got bored and created this alter ego called DJ OZMA which he has had fun with and will now retire. Look up his band Kishidan and you'll see that that band doesn't take itself very seriously either. So chill out.

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    BlackFlag

    the "GET'S" dude

    I miss the gets dandy

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    akaguma

    time for a haircut fudgepacker

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    BlackFlag

    redbear gets straight to the point

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    judochick

    i like him in yajima biyoushitsu!!! i'll miss him!!! he is fabulous as naomi!!!

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    Youdontknow

    Yay! Another talentless 'I steal everyone else's music and claim it as my own when I mix it!' DJ gone! Seriously, Japan has absolutely little idea of what constitutes 'talent' and this guy is no more special than any other 'talento' here in Japan. As for his DJing - sub-standard!

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    ANOTSUSAGAMI

    His Yajima act is horribly stereotypical and racist. Minstrel is SO NOT COOL.

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    gogogo

    This guy is a moron

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    TrappedNTokyo

    tokyoalex

    I dont proclaim to know everything, but I do know a bit about the subject. It's not just DJ OZMA it's also about this whole group of "rappers" on the J-Pop scene. Comedian or not, he is trying to portray something he is not. Yes is it for entertainment value? Yes. But there seems to be this Fad in Japan that everyone non talented peformer tries to emulate something that they are not. To take a culture and profit from that culture is in poor taste. Most of your rappers in the U.S. used music to get a message out about the dire straits that are occuring in the inner city. Most of them have used this to bring themselves out of a sub stantard enviroment. You need to look at how rap got started and why it is what it is. All the youth in Japan think its just cool to be "ghetto" or like rap for its entertainment value does not do justice to why rap exsist in the first place. It's easy to be a comedian or for some poor "rappers" in Japan to try to emulate soemthing they are not. They do not know hard times. There are no drive by shootings in Shibuya. A majority of families in Japan have father figures present in the house to raise their kids. To take a culture that is rife with poverity and lack of a father figure and make it into some kind of fad is a joke. Then to hold a press conference to announce a retirement from a flash in the pan career is a joke. Most of these so called rappers in Japan could really rap about "How I didnt get into Keio or Man Ive been cramming to get into Waseda. Compared to people that are dying and have to sling drugs just to afford something to eat is marginal at best. I just think its wrong to mock a culture so they can be seen as cool or look at me I can rap attitude when they have no idea what its like to live the life that most rappers talk about. Even in the U.S. its become about the bling or I sold one album so let me get bank loans so I can have the big house and big car in my videos, but even people in the U.S. have to remember why rap became what it is. A lyrical narriation of the struggle of a group of people trying to make it in life. I seriously doubt any of the so called rappers in Japan can attest to that.

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    jonnyboy

    well in japan you have the choice between stuffy traditional culture and shallow popular culture, with not much in between.

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