Jun Seba (瀬場潤 Seba Jun, February 7, 1974 – February 26, 2010)
JUN SEBA was a Japanese hip hop producer and DJ who recorded under the name Nujabes (ヌジャベスNujabesu), the reverse spelling of his name in Japanese order. Nujabes, usually pronounced /ˈnudʒɑːbɛs/, was also owner of the Shibuya record stores, T Records and Guinness Records and founder of the independent label Hydeout Productions. He received widespread acclaim for his unique and innovative approach to hip-hop music.
Nujabes is best known for his approach to hip hop beats, often blending jazz influences into his songs creating a mellow, nostalgic and atmospheric sound. In addition to Japanese artists like Uyama Hiroto, Shing02, L-Universe, and Minmi, Nujabes collaborated with various underground American hip hop acts such as CYNE, Cise Starr (as a solo apart from the hip-hop collective CYNE), Apani B, Five Deez, Substantial, CL Smooth, Fat Jon, Terry Callier as well as British rapper Funky DL. He was also a member of the production duo Urbanforest, an experimental collaboration with Nao T.
Nujabes was one of the most prolific contributors to the background music and soundtracks of Samurai Champloo, an anime which blends a feudal Japan setting with modern anachronisms, especially in regard to hip hop culture such as graffiti and rapping.
Nujabes collaborated with Shing02 on the critically acclaimed “Luv(sic)” hexalogy. They made parts 1-3 together; Shing02 releasing parts 4-6 later using Nujabes’ instrumentals after his death to commemorate him and bring closure to his music. According to Shing02, the instrumental to what would eventually be Part 6 (Grand Finale) was discovered on Nujabes’ cell phone a few weeks after his death.
Nujabes was born on the same day as legendary Hip Hop producer, J-Dilla. Rest in Power to the greats.