This dude raps about anime porn—and it rules

Hentai Dude discusses his craft.

 

Imad Khan

Internet Culture

Published Oct 20, 2015   Updated May 27, 2021, 6:59 pm CDT

This article contains explicit content and may be NSFW.

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From cat videos to autotuned remixes, the Internet well of creativity and entertainment can feel bottomless. But growing up in the digital age, very few things can truly surprise in both originality and hilarity. Falling through the YouTube rabbit hole, we hit upon one video that did just that. 

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It was a guy rapping about hentai.

We will not presume that you, dear reader, are familiar with hentai—and if you were, we doubt you’d openly admit it. But for those of you who remain genuinely unaware of the medium, hentai is essentially anime pornography. And if you believe that it’s some niche fetish that a small minority of people partake in, you’d be wrong. In certain districts of Tokyo, it’s not difficult to find entire stores dedicated to the perverse anime arts. 

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Actually, it’s pretty common to see stores with multiple floors dedicated to such titles, with customers browsing and buying away.

Here in America, hentai is not so common. But through the power of the Internet, and a very dedicated community of people who subtitle content, much of it is illegally leaked online for a worldwide audience to indulge in. To get a better grasp, we suggest that you go to your favorite naughty video streaming service, search for “hentai,” and check the view counts. Interestingly, according to PornHub, hentai is the most popular search term among users in Kentucky. So it may be a bigger deal than you think.

Enter Hentai Dude. He is, as his stage name suggests, a dude who really likes hentai. So much so that he raps about it. 

As funny as the concept is, however, his songs and flow are actually really good, and can get surprisingly deep.  We were able to catch up with the upcoming rapper and pick his mind about his unique craft.

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Daily Dot: Who is Hentai Dude? Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hentai Dude: Hey! My real name is Colin, but you probably know me by my Internet alias, “Hentai Dude”. I’m 20, turning 21 in November, and make rap songs about girls who don’t exist.

How long have you been rapping?

I’ve been “rapping” for about 2-3 years. I started when I was 17 or so and I had no idea what I was stepping into. I had no mixing knowledge or any knowledge on rapping.

Which artists have inspired you most?

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When I first started out “rapping” I actually didn’t have very many people I listened to. Like, I knew who a lot of the mainstream artists were, but I didn’t really take much interest in them. Shiki really inspires me, he puts in hella work and it’s just amazing what he’s able to do. He constantly reminds me of what I could be making and it’s great to work with him. Holder (aka MajorLeagueWobs) really inspires me too, he’s got a great work ethic and is an amazing producer + friend.

What made you want to start rapping about hentai, anime, and nerd culture?

The first anime rap song I heard was Josip on Deck’s “Anime Pussy.” That shit was wild, I had no idea something like that was possible. I actually heard it about one or two years before I started making songs myself. I was in high school and my friends showed me in between class. I just thought being able to rap about something like that and own it was hilarious.

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Would you consider yourself more of a musician or comedian? 

That’s a tough one; sometimes I think of myself as a rapper, but most of the time I consider myself a comedian. I wouldn’t say I have the best flow or bars, but I do try to be entertaining.

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What do your family and friends think about your music?

My family and friends fully support me doing something I like to do. When I first started out I kept it real low-key and didn’t tell anyone. Some people around me actually figured out before I told them. Thankfully everyone supports it and doesn’t seem to care at all (it’s really ironic lol).

What Internet communities would you consider yourself a part of?

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As far as online communities go I mainly hang out on Twitter and SoundCloud. Those are my two favorite places to be. It may sound weird, but those two places have changed my life a lot, and I really enjoy spending time on them. I’ve met and made so many real friends through those sites. Most of the time we all squad up when it’s convention time and just have a good time.

In what ways have you tried to push and evolve your craft? Do you worry that your music will be thought of as a gimmick?

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I try to push my craft with my own skills. Right now, I do all my own recording, all my mixing, all my own writing, edit and create my own videos, etc. I do it this way because it really makes me responsible for everything I put out and lets me improve. That doesn’t mean I don’t work with other people or anything like that. I just like to handle my own stuff and not bother other people with work. I’m not really worried as being received as a gimmick, if someone doesn’t like my content that just means my content isn’t meant for them, which is totally OK.

Lastly, what are some of your favorite anime, hentai, and video games?

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Damn, that’s a tough one. If I had to list a few animes probably No Game No Life, Psychopass, To Love Ru, ToraDora, Fate/Zero. As far as hentai goes, I love anything by Napata, ReDrop, Pyon-Kti, Homunculus, Yuuki Hagure, and a few others. My favorite games as of right now would probably be H1Z1, 100% Orange Juice, and Grand Theft Auto V

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*First Published: Oct 20, 2015, 11:32 am CDT