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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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  • kvothe_

    Rest in beats, genius.

    26 Jul 1:45pm Reply

    needs more fans, more appreciation.

    23 Jul 4:31am Reply
  • MJStevenson

    Thanks for everything Jun. You will be forever missed.

    21 Jul 8:22am Reply
  • imablackboi

    Don't really like hip hop but Nujabes is awesome.

    9 Jul 5:37am Reply
  • selacio

    i have so much pleasant moments associated with his music.

    7 Jul 5:57pm Reply
  • creepstreet


    3 Jul 5:20am Reply
  • Kasi_Maru

    a51_, она и сейчас хорошая.

    27 Jun 7:47pm Reply
  • kuroshakai

    Reflection Eternal

    20 Jun 10:09pm Reply
  • yangsh4

    借用一句:Rest in beats.

    15 Jun 8:05am Reply
  • a51_

    RIP, хорошая была музыка.

    9 Jun 1:16pm Reply
  • EddDoubleD

    If you like Nujabes give Fat Jon, Tsutchie, Samon Kawamura's album Translations, Beautiful Killing Machine, The Cancel, DJ Cam and The Wiseguys a listen.

    8 Jun 11:12pm Reply
  • theodorerosmus

    My Nujabes tribute -

    17 May 5:04am Reply
  • kawanr

    you can find a really smooth production on his albums, feels like he's always been floating through the beats

    13 May 6:03am Reply
  • Dnlphnv

    Это даже круче, чем J Dilla. R.I.P.

    9 May 9:54am Reply
  • burakbilgehan

    rest in beats

    3 May 9:05am Reply
  • blanctorche

    lancem o resto da discografia desse homem no spotify pelo amor de deus

    2 May 8:58pm Reply
  • jresent

    "When it comes down to it, nothing lasts forever, especially those things we find most amazing. They seem to come in the flash of an eye, and leave with another flash. That's what Nujabes IS, he provided music that people NEEDED. Music to get you through those days you needed something more. Music that allowed you to feel, allowed you to embrace. To tell you the truth, Nujabes didn't make music, he made feelings and emotions sound beautiful... Now he's up there, letting God feel his music."

    25 Apr 3:01am Reply
  • longi93

    Discovered his music a year ago, watching samurai champloo, 10 seconds after that the opening started I fallen in love with his music. After watching some episodes searched for him and discovered that he died some years before. . . RIP we will ever love your music, thank you for everything.

    13 Apr 1:46am Reply
  • feelyourlines

    metaphorical music is a perfect album. rip homie

    9 Apr 5:29am Reply
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