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Published on Feb 27, 2012
This is my tribute for the great Nujabes 2nd Anniversary. I will see you again next year, bro....
Jun Seba (瀬場潤 Seba Jun, February 7, 1974 -- February 26, 2010) A Japanese hip hop producer and DJ who recorded under the name Nujabes (ヌジャベス Nujabesu), the reverse spelling of his name in Japanese order. Nujabes was also owner of the Shibuya record stores, T Records and Guinness Records and founder of the independent label Hydeout Productions.
Nujabes is best known for his unique approach to Hip Hop beats, often blending jazz influences into his songs creating a mellow, nostalgic and atmospheric sound. In addition to Japanese artists like Uyama Hiroto, Shing02 and Minmi, Nujabes collaborated with various underground American hip hop acts CYNE, Cise Starr (as a solo apart from the hiphop collective CYNE), Apani B, Five Deez, Substantial, CL Smooth, Fat Jon, Jose James Terry Callier, as well as British rapper Funky DL. He was also a member of the production duo Urbanforest, an experimental collaboration with Nao T.
Nujabes was one of the most prolific contributors to the background music and soundtracks of Samurai Champloo, an anime which blends a feudal Japan setting with modern anachronisms, especially in regard to hip hop culture such as graffiti and rapping.
Nujabes is also very respected within the bboying (breakdance) community, as many of his rhythmic melodies and recording are used as break-beats.
A distinguishing feature of Nujabes sound is his incorporation of Jazz samples in his tunes. For an example, the track "The Final View" on his album Metaphorical Music features the Jazz Standard "Love Theme From Spartacus" by Pianist Barry Harris, as played by Saxophonist Yusef Lateef, sampled over the track. Nujabes incorporates Lateef's head melody on oboe, cuts of his solos, and background piano comping in his piece.
On February 26, 2010, Jun Seba was involved in a car accident while exiting the Shuto Expressway late at night. He died at a hospital in Shibuya Ward after failed attempts to revive him. Jun died at the age of 36. Jun's death was officially announced by Shing02, a friend and collaborator of Nujabes, and Hydeout Productions on March 18, 2010. There was a private burial with only family in attendance was held for Jun. Hydeout Productions has stated that Nujabes has left behind tracks which were released in the posthumous album Spiritual State.