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Tokyo, Japan (1974 – 2010)

Jun Seba (瀬葉淳) (February 7, 1974-February 26, 2010) was a Japanese music producer who recorded under the name Nujabes (new-jah-behz; which is simply his real name spelled backwards). His music is known for a strong influence, frequently using samples from artists like Miles Davis and Yusef Lateef.

He was also an owner of “tribe”, a record store in Shibuya, Tokyo, and led record label Hyde-Out Productions. He released two albums in Japan, Metaphorical Music in 2003 and Modal Soul in 2005. He was also a member of the production duo Urbanforest, an collaboration with Nao Tokui (appearing on the Lady Brown 12”).

In addition to Japanese artists like Shing02 and MINMI, he has collaborated with underground American hip-hop acts CYNE, Apani B-Fly, Five Deez, Substantial, Fat Jon and British rapper Funky DL.

He has also contributed music to the soundtrack of Samurai Champloo, an anime which blends a setting in feudal Japan with modern anachronisms, especially music.

On March 17, 2010, it was announced on the Hyde-Out Productions website that Jun passed away on February 26, 2010 at the age of 36 after being involved in a serious car accident on the Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway. He was promptly transported to the hospital, where attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. An English announcement was made on March 18 by friend and collaborator Shing02 on the Empire22 website:

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  • kawanr

    @fishfawn: wut dude, why do you think that? nujabes is just awesome and vaporwave is just crap

    25 minutes ago Reply
  • CaptainRaidFM

    one of the best producers hands down

    26 minutes ago Reply
  • Deepanshuk4u

    RIP

    yesterday afternoon Reply
  • IntoTheOrchard

    Losing my mind so maybe you can help me find/The way to go so I can be leaving this pain behind/Trying to sleep, "Sleep is the cousin of death"/Said a wise man from Queensbridge, on beats he blessed/Trying to rest, instead I rest my head /On a pillow of hardships, misery is the bed/On my back, I lie, I can see the skies...

    19 Jul 11:52pm Reply
  • Str1ke1AL

    Все 3 альбома очень годные, особенно Modal Soul.

    11 Jul 7:01pm Reply
  • Sonicjr01

    @fishfawn: Vaporwave has a small relation to hip hop/trip hop in the use of samples, heavy drums and "mellow" sound which are not unique to vaporwave. Kinda sounds similar but Vaporwave just carries a different mood all around and Nujabes doesn't really have that 80 90's VHS/Cassette/slightly off tune vibrato Vaporwave is known for.

    4 Jul 7:33pm Reply
  • Swerveaction

    Deserves the love <3

    1 Jul 2:09am Reply
  • aceytoja1

    fishfawn no, Nujabes is good.

    29 Jun 12:44pm Reply
  • fishfawn

    Does anyone else think his style is similar to "vaporwave?"

    29 Jun 2:09am Reply
  • EderSith

    chinese nigga? die pls

    25 Jun 7:10pm Reply
  • ninetythreeTIL

    RIP to the chinese nigga

    23 Jun 6:52pm Reply
  • mordwyr

    Seba Jun.

    18 Jun 9:17am Reply
  • mushroomsseason

    <3 forever

    2 Jun 8:24pm Reply
  • Sonicjr01

    Made a Nujabes Spotify Playlist. Nothing special just took me a while finding anything much nujabes or anything like it on Spotify. Enjoy http://open.spotify.com/user/1237340663/playlist/07FmqwJjuDb4YP2pHZQveO

    30 May 10:11pm Reply
  • kawanr

    beats that we can feel in our hearts? he is a legend, dude

    20 May 3:37pm Reply
  • newbatthis

    Didn't think much of this guy first time I listened to Metaphorical Music. Now its one of my favorite albums to play from start to finish.

    13 May 2:01am Reply
  • Fariz_ANP

    Rest in beats mate :) wish i could see you perform

    1 May 7:14pm Reply
  • Intro_92

    RIB

    23 Apr 8:58am Reply
  • swarajrao

    Genius.

    18 Apr 1:56pm Reply
  • burakbilgehan

    rest in beats

    4 Apr 8:34am Reply
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