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Watch Gwen Stefani Rap in Harajuku-Inspired Nickelodeon Series

Singer introduces HJ5 band in flashy clip for co-created animated show ‘Kuu Kuu Harajuku’

Gwen Stefani previewed her upcoming animated Nickelodeon series Kuu Kuu Harajuku in a flashy new music video, which features a “roll call” of the characters in the fictional HJ5 band: Love, Angel, Music, Baby and G.

“Say hello to HJ5, a brand new band with their own style,” the vocalist raps in the clip, breaking down each band member’s personality and quirks. Love is the “brain of the crew”; Angel has a “sunshine demeanor”; Music will “put up a fight”; Baby is “sweet as can be”; and Stefani-inspired leader G’s “got your back.”

Stefani first created the Harajuku Girls characters for a track of the same name on her debut solo LP, 2004’s Love. Angel. Music. Baby. On the show, the quintet will battle aliens, politicians and various obstacles, continuously interrupting their attempts to perform live.

“Stefani [has always had a] love of pop art and lifelong admiration for the street fashion and creative youth culture found in the renowned Harajuku neighborhood of Tokyo, Japan,” reads a press release, US Weekly reports. “It was while writing her first solo album that Stefani created the original Harajuku Girl characters as a celebration of the creativity and individualism she saw and loved in the Harajuku District.”

The 26-episode Kuu Kuu Harajuku, co-created and executive produced by Stefani, will air Monday, October 3rd through Friday, October 7th at 4 p.m. ET/PT. Subsequent episodes will premiere in the regular time slot of Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.

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