Born in Tokyo, raised in Tanzania and England, Shing02 came up in the independent SF Bay Area hip hop scene in the '90s. He has collaborated with various international musicians, perhaps most notably with the late Japanese producer Nujabes. Ever since Nujabes passed in February of 2000, spring has been a season to dedicate performances to the music library they created together such as the 6-part "Luv(sic)" series, and “Battlecry", the opening theme of the anime series "Samurai Champloo". Back at Rough Trade NYC for a second time, Shing02 will be supported by a live band that he has toured with over the last few years. The Chee-Hoos will completely open up the music and bring intimacy to the familiar songs. The live members are: Shing02 (MC), Nicholas Kaleikini (sax), Dae Han (drums), Wil Tafolo (bass), Alika Lyman (guitar), Spin Master A-1 (turntable).