Nujabes

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Nujabes
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Background information
Birth name (瀬場潤, Seba Jun)
Born (1974-02-07)February 7, 1974
Origin Nishiazabu, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Died Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
February 26, 2010(2010-02-26) (aged 36)
Genres instrumental hip hop, trip hop, nu jazz, jazz hop, acid jazz, Japanese jazz
Occupations Producer, DJ, composer, arranger
Years active 1996–2010
Labels Hydeout Productions
Associated acts Substantial, Uyama Hiroto, Shing02, Five Deez, Cise Starr
Website Hydeout Productions

Jun Seba (瀬場潤 Seba Jun?, February 7, 1974 – February 26, 2010) was 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, usually pronounced /ˈnudʒɑːbɛs/, was also owner of the Shibuya record stores, T Records and Guinness Records and founder of the independent label Hydeout Productions. He received widespread acclaim for his unique and innovative approach to hip-hop.

Career[edit]

Nujabes was best known for his approach to hip hop beats, often blending jazz influences into his songs creating a mellow, nostalgic and atmospheric sound. He sampled a wide range of instruments and genres to create a soothing vibe. In addition to Japanese artists like Uyama Hiroto, Shing02, L-Universe, and Minmi, Nujabes collaborated with various underground American hip hop acts such as CYNE, Cise Starr (as a solo apart from the hip-hop collective CYNE), Apani B, Five Deez, Substantial, CL Smooth, Fat Jon, 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.[1]

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.[2]

Nujabes collaborated with Shing02 on the critically acclaimed "Luv(sic)" hexalogy. They made parts 1-3 together; Shing02 releasing parts 4-6 later using Nujabes' instrumentals after his death to commemorate him and bring closure to his music. According to Shing02, the instrumental to what would eventually be Part 6 (Grand Finale) was discovered on Nujabes' cell phone a few weeks after his death.

Death[edit]

On February 26, 2010, Jun Seba was involved in a traffic accident upon exiting the Shuto Expressway late at night. He was pronounced dead at a hospital in Shibuya Ward after efforts to revive him failed.[3][4]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Album information
Metaphorical Music
  • Released: August 21, 2003
Samurai Champloo Music Record: Departure
  • Released: June 23, 2004
Samurai Champloo Music Record: Impression
  • Released: September 16, 2004
Modal Soul
  • Released: November 11, 2005
Spiritual State
  • Released: December 3, 2011

Compilation Albums[edit]

Album information
Hydeout Productions 1st Collection
  • Released: April 23, 2003
Hydeout Productions 2nd Collection
  • Released: November 11, 2007
Modal Soul Classics
  • Released: June 6, 2008
Mellow Beats, Friends & Lovers
  • Released: June 10, 2009 with Uyama Hiroto, Naoki Maeda, Dwele, Golden Boy, Sora, Takagi Masakatsu, Kuniyuki Takahashi and Rei Harakami
Modal Soul Classics II
  • Released: November 11, 2010 A Tribute Album

EP's & Singles[edit]

  • 1999: Ain't No Mystery
  • 2002-2013: Luv (Sic) Part 1 - Part 6
  • 2003: Lady Brown 12"

Albums Produced in Collaboration with Other Artists[edit]

  • 2001: To This Union a Sun Was Born (with Substantial)
  • 2003: Bullshit as Usual (with Pase Rock)

Official Mixtapes[edit]

  • 1998: Sweet Sticky Thing
  • 2002: Ristorante Mixtape: Nujabes
  • 2010: Tribute to Jun: Rest in Peace (Compiled by Digi Crates Records)
  • 2012: Tribute to Jun 2 (Compiled by Digi Crates Records)
  • 2012: Tribute to Jun 3: Modal Eternal - Glow in Peace (Compiled by Digi Crates Records)
  • 2013: Tribute to Jun IV (Compiled by Digi Crates Records)
  • 2014: Tribute to Jun 5: Midnight Hanabi (Compiled by Digi Crates Records)

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Japanese) Hydeout Productions Information on Nujabes' Metaphorical Music and Other Works
  2. ^ Shinichiro Watanabe; Kazuto Nakazawa (2007). ROMAN ALBUM: Samurai Champloo. Mangaglobe/Shimoigusa Champloos, Dark Horse Comics Inc. p. 55. ISBN 1-59307-642-8. 
  3. ^ "Japanese Hip-Hop producer Nujabes dies". Inquisitir. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Nujabes died in fatal car accident". The Find. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 

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