Music: Nujabes

Real name: Jun Seba. An extremely talented Hip Hop musician/producer, perhaps best known for Samurai Champloo's opening "battlecry" (performed along with Shing02).

Here's a list of some of his more famous tracks:

Being a very private person, not much is known about his personal life. In February 26, 2010, Nujabes was involved in a late night traffic accident. He was confirmed dead by March 17, 2010 in a hospital at Shibuya, Tokyo.

His personal website can be found here. A documentary on his music is set to be released some time in the near future.

Discography:

  • Sweet Sticky Thing (mixtape) (1998)
  • Ain't No Mystery (single) (1999)
  • Hydeout Productions: 1st Collection (April 2003)
  • Metaphorical Music (August 2003)
  • Lady Brown (single from Metaphorical Music) (September 2003)
  • Samurai Champloo: Departure (June 2004)
  • Samurai Champloo: Impression (September 2004)
  • Modal Soul (November 2005)
  • Hydeout Productions: 2nd Collection (November 2007)
  • Modal Soul Classics (June 2008)
  • Mellow Beats, Friends, & Lovers (June 2009)
  • Modal Soul Classics II (tribute album) (November 2010)
  • Spiritual State (December 2011)

Nujabes provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Call Forward: The instrumental to the "Latitude" remix on Metaphorical Music would later be expanded and refined with the end result being "Mystline" on Samurai Champloo: Departure.
  • Dead Artists Are Better: Averted; he was already acclaimed as an artist long before the accident, and his death didn't really gain him more publicity.
  • Epic Rocking: "Peaceland", "Yes", "Horizon", "Kujaku", "Spiritual State", "World Without Words", "Gone Are the Days", and "World's End Rhapsody" are all over or close to six minutes long. "Peaceland" is the longest, at 8:20.
  • Gratuitous Panning: "Think Different" has Substantial performing a "The Reason You Suck" Rap, but also has another Substantial panned deep into the right responding to the different insults.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The "Luv(sic)" series, which was merely called "Luv(sic), Part 1", "Luv(sic), Part 2", and so on up until the concluding part six.
    • A case of idiosyncratic album naming; the first and second Hydeout Productions collections.
  • Lampshade Hanging: In the final repetition of the chorus in "Think Different", Substantial repeats the question "Is the glass half full or half empty?", which is part of the chorus. Another Substantial panned to the right says, "STOP ASKING ME THAT."
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Nujabes collaborated with numerous performers on his albums: Substantial, Pase Rock, Shing02, Cise Starr, Fat Jon and many, many others.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly / Genre-Busting: While his music is usually categorized as hip hop/instrumental hip hop, his style is actually pretty unique, combining the genre with jazz, ambient, chill, and even the occasional tint of electronica.
  • Posthumous Collaboration: The second half of the "Luv(sic)" series (parts 4-6) were all completed and released by Shing02 (with the blessings of Nujabes' label, Hydeout Productions) from unfinished beats found on Nujabes' computer and phone after his death.
  • Rearrange the Song: "Shiki no Uta" borrows its beat from "Beat Laments the World", but it gets sort of diminished behind MINMI's vocals.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: Seba Jun to Nujabes.
  • Shout-Out: "Feather" mentions Of Mice and Men, Flowers for Algernon, Chinua Achebe's Arrow of God, and Rambo.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Rather, a "The Reason You Suck" Rap that gets delivered by Substantial in "Think Different".

Rest In Beats.

Alternative Title(s):

Seba Jun, Jun Seba