Japanese Rapper Traveled To Ohio To Meet Bone Thugs N Harmony, Instead Left Stranded & Robbed
By Stephanie Ogbogu
An international Bone Thugs N Harmony superfan got more than he bargained for when he flew thousands of miles across the world on a mission to meet his favorite rap group.
Japanese rapper Ryo Muranaka sold all his possessions and bought a one-way ticket to Cleveland in hopes of meeting BTNH. Armed with just his suitcase and CD, Muranaka began his trek into uncharted waters.
“I thought I could get in the US in exchange for my CD,” Muranaka told Fox 8 via an interpreter. “No. No plan. One-way ticket.”
However, things didn’t go as he panned out and instead of meeting his idols, Muranaka found himself stranded on Cleveland’s east side and robbed of his luggage.
Fortunately for Muranaka, two activists, James Norton and Kwas Bibbs, saw someone in need and decided to help in any way they could. The duo was able to briefly connect Muranaka with Bone Thugs N Harmony member, Layzie Bone, who put the Japanese rapper up in a hotel for a short time. Unfortunately, the band has been on tour.
“My initial reaction was I didn’t think too much of it because we’ve had so many fans throughout our careers come from around the world to 99th St. Clair either looking for us or trying to take photos,” Bone Thugs N Harmony member Krayzie Bone tells HipHopDX. “I thought it was just another fan, but when I heard this dude sold all of his belongings to come to Cleveland I was like, ‘WTH?’
“I commend him for his determination and passion for what he’s trying to do because I can relate. I’m quite sure he heard our story and how we pursued Eazy-E and this is what inspired him.” Krayzie continued, “But I will also say this to other fans and artists that are looking to do the same thing as us or this gentleman did — follow your dreams by all means, but you have to be very careful when you go to places you know nothing about. We’re not from the suburbs, we’re from the ghetto. The area we grew up in is not nice by any means, and I’m just thankful all they took from him was his luggage and not his life because it gets real like that. So, be very careful and have some kind of plan.”
The issue now is that Muranaka’s temporary permission to be in the United States has run out and with every day that passes, he runs the risk of being arrested by immigration.
Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Marcia Fudge, Rep. for Ohio’s 11th congressional district, are reportedly working on ways to resolve Muranaka’s immigration situation. For now, the Japanese rapper still has hope.
“I was born in Japan, and I am going to die in the United States,” he said.