From the release of their breakthrough girls’ empowerment anthem ‘Fxxk Boyz Get Money’ in 2014, Japanese mannequin rap duo FEMM have built a loyal fanbase of music fans and influencers in the West, pioneering a new era for women in the rap scene. Later, their debut album, Femm-Isation, reached the Top 10 of the Billboard World Albums chart in the United States, while also being featured in the Best Indie Albums section at HMV stores across the United Kingdom.
Now, on Friday 17 December, 2021, this unique duo will follow their hit debut release with their second full-length album, Tokyo Girls Anthem. As the title suggests, it is an album packed with exciting tracks “by girls, for girls”.
A music video for the title track ‘Tokyo Girls Anthem’ will get a YouTube Premiere release on 24 December at noon Japan time (3am GMT).
FEMM have an even larger audience in Europe than in Japan, and the new album features collaborations with European producer Boys Noize, known for his work with A$AP Rocky and Frank Ocean, as well as Rina Sawayama cohort Danny L Harle and DaBaby/Lil Uzi Vert collaborator Star Boy. From Japan, producers KM and LISACHRIS also feature, while Duke of Harajuku, Elle Teresa and Yup’in appear as guest artists.
The album jacket is illustrated by K2, a rising artist who gained widespread attention in the scene for his impressive cover artwork for Young Thug’s number one album PUNK. This striking illustration shows the faces of FEMM members RiRi and LuLa blending poisonously yet beautifully into one.
The members also announced that even more music videos are coming soon, revealing the following release schedule on social media:
- 24 December, 2021: ‘Tokyo Girls Anthem’
- 7 January, 2022: ‘Mental Health feat Yup’in’
- 14 January, 2022: ‘Lolly’
- TBD: ‘ID:T1G3R’