Nujabes

The independent Japanese Hip-Hop producer Jun "Nujabes" Seba was born on February 7th, 1974. Interestingly enough he shares his birth with the late great "J. Dilla".  His unique DJ/Producer alias he would use to record his music is actually the reverse spelling of his birth name Seba Jun. Throughout his career he gifted the Hip-Hop culture with great studio albums such as his first independent compilation album " Sweet Sticky Things" in which Nujabes masterfully mixed together in 1998. His first stuido album would be released in 2003 which was named " Metaphorical Music". From there he would do the soundtrack for the revered anime "Samurai Champloo" in 2004. "Modal Soul" which was released in 2005 would be the one of the final projects he would live to see be completed. In the process of finishing his final album "Spirtual State" he would pass away in a tragic traffic accident on February 26th, 2010. The album would later be released by his record label Hydeout Productions. 

It wasn't just Nujabes's undeniable skill and passion for sampling jazz records and flipping them into hip-hop gems that made him a legend after he passed. The fact that the path he created for himself musically could only be compared to the likes of another legendary producer named "J.Dilla" wasn't it either. It was the simple fact that you can't and won't find many photos and interviews that he did because Nujabes was not a public person. He gained his notoriety through Hip-Hop forums where his fans would pour over his music through the likes of youtube and always wondering if sometimes Nujabes actually existed. This private and mysterious quality about him combined with his high level of musicianship is what makes him one of the best Hip-Hop producers that we have ever heard that was taken from us too early.

 Rest In Power Nujabes.

Bless your ears and check out his music below.  

I wasn’t thinking about making a song at first. It was more a case of, ‘If I loop a sample from this record, then put another sample on top, what will it sound like?’ . . . When I made my first loop, it was all I listened to for an entire day”
— Nujabes on how he started producing beats early on