Sunday, November 28, 2021

Rapper From Japan Travels to Cleveland to Meet Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Gets Stranded and Robbed

Ryo Muranaka

*A Bone Thugs-N-Harmony superfan from Japan reportedly sold all of his belongings and left his country for Cleveland with the hope of meeting the group — but he ended up being robbed and stranded in the states. 

Back in June, Japanese rapper Ryo Muranaka travelled 6,000 miles from Japan to Cleveland on the promise that he’d meet the iconic hip-hop group, telling Fox 8 Cleveland: “I thought I could get in the US in exchange for my CD,” Muranaka said through an interpreter app on his phone. “No. No plan. One-way ticket.” 

He soon realized his plane was a bad idea. According to the report, Ryo is still in Cleveland, his visa has expired, and he doesn’t want to go home, as he’s being cared for by a local activists James Norton and Kwas Bibb. They found Muranaka on the streets alone, broke, and robbed of his luggage, per Complex

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“Well, he sold his possessions, bought a ticket, and came to America,” Norton said. “You’re in a different country, you believe what you hear, and for him, he came to Cleveland and went to E. 99 and St. Clair wanting to meet his idols, like they would just be standing there all the time.” 

Norton and Bibbs have been helping Muranaka however they can and even got him a brief stay in a hotel, thanks to Bone Thugs member Layzie Bone, who also met with his superfan. 

But Layzie warns other diehard fans against doing something similar as Ryo, and to be “very careful when you go to places you know nothing about.” 

“I will also say this to other fans and artist 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,” Layzie told HipHopDX. 

“We’re not from the suburbs, we’re from the ghetto,” Layzie continued. “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.” 

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Marcia Fudge, Rep. for Ohio’s 11th congressional district, are reportedly working with Muranaka to resolve his immigration situation. 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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