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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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  • 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
  • virtualNit


    8 Apr 6:24pm Reply
  • volta_XD

    un genio, su música es unica y quedara para siempre como la mejor de su genero, Rest in Peace

    6 Apr 3:59am Reply
  • alhdz61


    29 Mar 2:34am Reply
  • blanctorche

    kd o resto dos albuns no spotifyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    22 Mar 12:51pm Reply
  • Exzart


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  • halfam

    I cry everytime I listen to Nujabes. I miss him so damn much and I never knew him personally. RIP Nujabes.

    1 Mar 9:52pm Reply
  • Mohhito

    Rest in beats, your music will always be actual.

    28 Feb 7:17pm Reply
  • MellotronY

    R.I.P. mr seba, you brought so much beauty into this world

    27 Feb 3:27am Reply
  • ojigbe

    5 years still miss you.

    26 Feb 11:47pm Reply
  • vuevivi

    Shiit those comments made me cry. Why people have to die too early. I discovered his music not long time ago, but I'm sad that he isn't with us... Great artist die but their music is alive. :) Rest in beats... :(

    26 Feb 8:24pm Reply
  • sherg

    Forever in my heart.

    26 Feb 6:13pm Reply
  • pennscho

    Today marks the 5th sad anniversary of his death. I'm glad his music stays here forever.

    26 Feb 2:01pm Reply
  • dex1233


    26 Feb 12:29am Reply
  • Dualtone_

    legends never die.

    25 Feb 10:59pm Reply
  • tsundereimouto

    Thank you Jun, for existing, thanks for the present you gave to this world. Thank you for being the sun that guides our eardrums, the moon that brightens our souls, and the ocean waves that move our hearts. You will always live through your present to this world, in spirit and heart. Your music. RIP 1974-2010 Your body may rest my friend, but your soul will dance and sing, and we will follow

    25 Feb 2:10am Reply
  • Isee_deadpeople

    замечательную музыку делал,очень жаль мужика.Happy Birthday!

    7 Feb 8:16pm Reply
  • Andre127

    Happy Birthday Nujabes.

    7 Feb 7:04pm Reply
  • nodakel

    Happy birthday Nujabes. Your music is eternal.

    7 Feb 6:31pm Reply
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