CHARISMA.COM – NO DATTE (2014)

lyrics by ITSUKA | music by ITSUKA / MASAAKI ENATSU

I complain about translating Japanese rap, but I do it anyway, mostly because there are songs I really like and I want them to be properly introduced to the world. Charisma.com are a pretty good example of ‘acts that I wish people had talked more about,’ though I think they got some press, mostly for being like, former-OLs who were rapping. They were more than that, though!

Not really sure what the title is supposed to mean, it’s written in romaji as-is, but I’d guess it means like, “no buts?” No from English, datte from Japanese, where it can mean a lot of things, ‘but’ being one of them. Just leaving it as-is, because why not?

Translation and notes under the cut:

Worsening the fight, sharpening the point
Struggling with useless regret, in trouble
I CAN’T DENY HURT MY HEART GET FAR AWAY
And not a soul sees my chest burning up

So, ride, yes, ride far away
Divinely, brilliantly
Even dozily you could call it grand
Today is a holiday, a rapturous holiday

Super-tasty approach run
Today seems pitch-black, FUCKIN DAYS
Destroy the best, brains jolted about
Done hazily, a delusion, and then
Causing confusion, this is reality

HI! Rest in the sun that filters through the trees
Take up positions as you see fit, AMIGO
Anyone could see this is crazy
Sunlight on a pallid face
“Rest is contraband,” I don’t care, ring ring
Until it chimes, ring ring, it’s all zemin-min (1)
Time to destroy the rest?
Competing with a wack moron (as a gag)
Beat and hurried up, my palm reading’s ILL
Twisting and turning this heavy load, politely
How many minutes until my motivation is rebuilt?
Your face’s gone pale… hey, you OK?

“No matter how I tell you”
Gulp it down again
Ah, those sad eyes again
And my indigestion starts up

Worsening the fight, sharpening the point
Struggling with useless regret, in trouble
I CAN’T DENY HURT MY HEART GET FAR AWAY
And not a soul sees my chest burning up

No Yes
No Yes
No Yes

Giddy off the oxygen-rich environment that unfolds suddenly
Mr. Sun, unused to such deep breaths, is fickle in his moxibustion
Being full of vigor, I’m HIGH, I pinch a muscle and slowly my legs grow shaky
The wave of ‘Just for now, be quiet, something-or-other’ just makes me simply, frankly, angry

Tight, huh? Field of vision apt to turn and dream
I acted all spoiled? GOING GO
Even if done right? GOING GO

When I breathe in, I repeat the verse
The limits of my toughest smile, all worn out
Setting the table nicely is a law
Acting limp, not to give myself away
The waves break on my brow, billows and ripples
Pull it out by force, look back and HOLLA AT ME
Suck on sesame seeds, what to do?
The damage from, ‘I won’t do it with you’

Preparation to be able to regret having thought, ‘Maybe this is all hopeless’
I’m the type to chew on my fingernails while waiting, smashing the fury of laziness into smithereens
No motivation, no charm either, not even the guts to say that whatever’s fine
My mind teeters ahead – will I forget if I smack it with a hammer?

Yeah Yeah
Yeah Yeah
No Yes

Worsening the fight, sharpening the point
Struggling with useless regret, in trouble
I CAN’T DENY HURT MY HEART GET FAR AWAY
And not a soul sees my chest burning up

The things I can’t forgive, The things I want to forget
The things I can’t give up, The things I can’t forget
Even when it hurts, Even when I can’t smile
Even when it throbs, Even when I can’t come alive

Worsening the fight, sharpening the point
Struggling with useless regret, in trouble
I CAN’T DENY HURT MY HEART GET FAR AWAY
And not a soul sees my chest burning up
Worsening the fight, sharpening the point
Struggling with useless regret, in trouble
I CAN’T DENY HURT MY HEART GET FAR AWAY
And again charmed by one person, my heart seizes up

Yeah Yeah
Yeah Yeah
No Yes


1: A play on the name of the min-min cicada in Japanese (minmin-zemi), but reversed. Minmin can also mean like, seeing through someone’s lies.

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