In 1997, a Japanese band called M-Flo was formed. Its initial lineup featured three people, MC Verbal, DJ Taku Takahashi, and a vocalist Lisa. In 2002, Lisa left the band to pursue a solo career. After that, the remaining members launched a project M-Flo Loves. They invited different vocalists for recording the albums. The musicians worked with such artists as Koda Kumi, Bonnie Pink, and BoA. M-Flo is one of the most popular hip-hop bands in Japan.
Both Taku and Verbal had side projects, among which were Global Astro Alliance and Teriyaki Boyz. They collaborated with such famous producers and artists as Beastie Boys and Kanye West.
The musicians met when they were attending the same school in Tokyo. They were part of the local band NMD and performed at dance parties. After school, Verbal enrolled in Boston College. Then he attended Gordon–Conwell Theological Seminary. Takahashi went to get an education in Los Angeles. Both spoke English freely, which helped the band write songs for the English-speaking audience.