Metaphorical Music

Release date
21 Aug 2003
Running length
15 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Blessing It (remix, feat. Substantial & Pase Rock from Five Deez) 3:23 16,477
2 Horn in the Middle 4:08 54,787
3 Lady Brown (feat. Cise Starr from CYNE) 3:18 6,357
4 Kumomi 3:53 59,446
5 Highs 2 Lows (feat. Cise Starr from CYNE) 4:38 5,093
6 Beat Laments the World 4:22 56,657
7 Letter From Yokosuka 3:10 52,373
8 Think Different (feat. Substantial) 3:17 30,487
9 A Day by Atmosphere Supreme 3:59 53,561
10 Next View (feat. Uyama Hiroto) 4:35 26,863
11 Latitude -Remix (feat. Five Deez) 3:56 17,075
12 F.I.L.O. (feat. Shing02) 3:31 25,487
13 Summer Gypsy 4:19 48,708
14 The Final View 3:34 50,653
15 Peaceland 8:18 44,119

About this album

Metaphorical Music is Nujabes’ first solo album. It offers a combination of hip hop and jazz, and features artists like Shing02 (known for “Battlecry” off the Samurai Champloo soundtrack), Substantial, Five Deez, and Cise Starr (of CYNE). Despite the fact that the album has contributing vocals from several artists, it is roughly classified as an instrumental hip hop album.

Metaphorical Music received universal acclaim from fans of Nujabes and critics, with many claiming the album is a masterpiece and a groundbreaking and highly influential work in the hip hop genre.

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  • kvothe_

    Masterpiece from Nujabes. Rest in peace, genius.

    18 May 5:59pm Reply
  • niQboy

    This is some real shit right here. As soon as I heard Highs 2 Lows and Blessing It, I was instantly a fan. @ runekey: "thoughtful and interesting musical composition, and just enough rapping to appeal to hip hop heads without crowding the instrumentals" Dude, perfectly summed up!

    25 Jan 10:47pm Reply
  • mvribel

    favorite album ever [2]

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
  • ningnangnong

    I've only just discovered the wonder that is Nujabes' music. This album is unbelievable. Can't believe it's from way back in 2003!

    12 Sep 2014 Reply
  • runekey

    Is this the best album to smoke weed to ever? Im starting to think so more and more. Loaded with chill sounds, thoughtful and interesting musical composition, and just enough rapping to appeal to hip hop heads without crowding the instrumentals

    22 Jun 2014 Reply
  • mordwyr

    Wow. Japanese music that is actually good! Is doomsday near?

    17 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Junill

    favorite album ever

    26 Jan 2014 Reply
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    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • TheShibster

    Instant classic, such beauty and ambition in this album from the first to the last track. Peaceland changed my life.

    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • TerresdeFrance

    This album changed my life.

    17 Oct 2013 Reply
  • screamsquad

    holy fuck this is 10 years old...

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • hashtagbluejay

    Never gets old.

    30 Apr 2013 Reply
  • elddaPgoD

    PLEASE press this on vinyl for its 10th anniversary

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • p-each

    Masterpiece [4] is right.

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • JBThazard

    Still his best album? Probably.

    17 Mar 2013 Reply
  • BloodySwisher

    I love the artwork for this album so much!

    6 Dec 2012 Reply
  • BHolladay

    When you're listening to this album in its entirety, go to your profile and look at the recently listened tracks section. The cover looks so cool when stacked on top of itself.

    25 Sep 2012 Reply
  • James_Hartley

    brilliant, and so smooth

    16 Jun 2012 Reply
  • DannyB01

    One of the all-time great albums for me, this is an absolute masterpiece.

    5 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Ae318

    da start sounds like Pete Rock & CL Smooth

    12 May 2012 Reply
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