Their spirit is as young as any rookie group though!
19 Jun 2017 - 1:55 PM  UPDATED 19 Jun 2017 - 4:32 PM

There may be a number of groups and artists who are still going strong after many decades in the music industry (just look at The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan), but they don't hold a candle to what the Japanese music industry has to offer. Japan's population may be aging faster than what the country needs at the moment, but when it comes to music, age is nothing but a number.

Meet the Rishiri Boys, a Japanese hip-hop group whose average age is 82 years.

Comprised of three members - Ganze (78 years-old), Menko-E (77 years-old), and Konbuappekacha (91 years-old) - who were initially fishermen before finding their next calling in life as hip-hop artists, the Rishiri Boys may be advanced in their years, but their spirit is as young as any rookie group out there today.

While the Rishiri Boys are perhaps the oldest Japanese hip-hop group, they're surprisingly not the oldest Japanese musical artist's active today. That honour belongs to Okinawa's KBG84, a Japanese idol group with 40 or so members whose average age is a whopping 84 years old! 

The Rishiri Boys recently won over the crowd at the popular Sapporo Collection 17 fashion show, before declaring their intention of appearing on NHK's popular New Year's program "Kohaku Uta Gassen."

Check out the Rishiri Boys' debut "We are Rishiri Boys" MV right here and let us know what you think.


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