What’s しょうがある？ The opposite of しょうがない, of course! That oft-muttered phrase that reeks of apathy and giving up. I’ve always hated it myself, and recently a reader contacted me to link me to Man-san, a Swedish man rapping in Japanese, who shares the same sentiment. Only he does it in style!
Here’s his awesome ‘Shou ga aru’ song. A catchy little rhythm with uplifting and clever, slightly rebellious lyrics. It goes completely against that horrible fatalistic attitude one hears so often in the world. Lovely.
And here’s another great song of his called ‘A Nagoya State of Mind’, based on the song ‘Empire State of Mind’ by rapper Jay-Z. If you’ve ever been to Nagoya for more than a few days, you’ll likely recognise a few of the cool references. Pretty neat little piece!
And thanks to Marin for linking me to him!