Last month, (ex-)pop singer Yasuyuki Okamura’s official website made a pre-launch along with a totally effed up music video called “Bu-shaka LOOP.” It features the now middle-aged, haggard Okamura having a crazy fit as he raps a strange, seemingly meaningless lyric.
Few may recall this drugged up and apparently washed up (ex-)pop icon, but he once had a glamorous past. Born in Kobe in 1965, Yasuyuki Okamura debuted as a songwriter when he was 19. His works were sung by great pop idols like Mari Watanabe, Kikkawa Koji, and Masayuki Suzuki. By age 21, he made his debut at Japan’s most prestigious concert hall, the Budokan. He released several albums and continued to write songs for many famous Japanese artists.
In 2003, Okamura was sentenced to two years in prison for possession of methamphetamine. In 2005, he was caught using meth again in the toilet of a record store in Shibuya. Again in 2008, he was arrested a third time for possession.
However, each time Okamura was released from prison, he came back producing more music, ostensibly making a come-back. Since his latest release in February 2010, he has already announced two albums and a live tour. He also announced an official site (which contained the video you see above) and created a new twitter account.
For the most impact, watch the video on full screen.