Home Made Kazoku Hip-Hop Group Goes on Hiatus by Year's End
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Japanese hip-hop group Home Made Kazoku announced on their official blog on Tuesday that the trio will go on indefinite hiatus by the end of the year. According to the comment by group member Micro, the group is taking a hiatus to "grow individually and take on new challenges." The group's three members will then pursue solo careers.
Micro emphasizes in the blog post that the band is not breaking up, noting that the decision was made after talking among themselves and band members. He writes that he wants the group's members to reunite again one day with new experiences and skills that will change the group.
Fellow band member KURO wrote that, if there were no need to go into a hiatus, he would not have wanted to stop. However, he acknowledges that they are currently maintaining the status quo on the group, and have a real need to expand their art and raise their skill.
Home Made Kazoku is composed of vocalists Micro and KURO along with DJ U-ichi — all 38 years old. Micro and KURO both lived in the United States; Micro grew up in Kentucky, while KURO lived in Chicago until he was 12. The group formed in 2004 after the members during college in Aichi Prefecture. They have since performed theme songs for Bleach, Eureka Seven, Naruto Shippūden, and Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds. The band released their first three albums independently from 2001 to 2004, before signing on to Ki/oon Records Inc. and releasing the rest of their singles and albums through the label. The band released 11th album, Laughin' Road, in February 2015.
The band plans to perform a concert alongside UVERworld at the Liquidroom in Shibuya on Wednesday, August 3. The band is also scheduled for concerts in Aichi, Tokyo, and Osaka on December 21, 27, and 29, respectively.