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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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  • Intro_92

    RIB

    Yesterday 8:58am Reply
  • swarajrao

    Genius.

    18 Apr 1:56pm Reply
  • burakbilgehan

    rest in beats

    4 Apr 8:34am Reply
  • Crystalseth

    RIP! A TRUE LEGEND!

    29 Mar 6:52am Reply
  • LuminousSkyWave

    Rest In Peace. A True Legend. In My Opinion a Folk Hero For Music In Japan. There will Never Be Another... *Nujabes*. Beats so Fly, Rhythm Uncanny.

    22 Mar 7:53pm Reply
  • maendenganmusik

    thanks nujabes :)

    21 Mar 11:42pm Reply
  • shemp-i

    good old days

    16 Mar 11:17am Reply
  • aitakutemo

    It's hard when you crave for an artist's new beats, knowing what has happened to him. RIP Nujabes there is no one quite like you.

    15 Mar 10:34am Reply
  • GusAbreu

    http://youtu.be/bz0XoNNhIQU I miss him.

    15 Mar 8:27am Reply
  • Balcaidus

    I wish you were still here with us.

    14 Mar 11:34pm Reply
  • jmnixon95

    Wish I could have seen you perform :(

    11 Mar 2:38am Reply
  • CranialEviscera

    I don't think there will ever be any musician that transforms my musical taste in the way that Nujabes did. I got into hip hop because of him. I dug into Japanese music because of him. I ended up on an entirely different side of music after I started listening to his stuff. RIP, man.

    10 Mar 2:57pm Reply
  • ScHiLLaR

    Luv [Sic] part 1 - 6 <3

    8 Mar 4:22pm Reply
  • alexbarde

    Nujabes is one of my biggest influence

    5 Mar 3:52pm Reply
  • Bizmonial

    rest in beats..

    27 Feb 1:03am Reply
  • lightningmonkey

    4 years ago today...still missing you a ton, man.

    26 Feb 6:20pm Reply
  • halfam

    I literally cannot come to terms that he is dead. I don't even know him personally but he's got me super sad like I lost a family member. Such a big impact on my life

    26 Feb 4:28pm Reply
  • Alioninacoma

    RIP you beautiful soul. I miss you and your lovely creations.

    26 Feb 6:45am Reply
  • mushroomsseason

    Almost 4 years without you, I know you're in a better place, I wish I could say that here is fine but there is so much violence in the world, I want to thank you beacuse your music it helps me to focus in the beautiful parts of life, like love, like my girl... miss you man!

    25 Feb 8:24am Reply
  • DramaSetter619

    everytime i listen to nujabes i float in some kind of memories which i cant remember when or where

    19 Feb 6:26pm Reply
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