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NUNJABES, 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF LEGENDARY PRODUCER’S TRAGIC DEATH

NUNJABES, 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF LEGENDARY PRODUCER’S TRAGIC DEATH

Ten years ago, on Feburary 26th 2010, Japanese producer Seba Jun (better know as Nujabes), died in a fatal car accident in Tokyo. In his late 20s Nujabes managed to build a following in the undergound hip-hop scene. His low-fi jazz infused production is often compared to that of J Dilla’s. Nujabes subtly incorporated Japanese culture and aesthetics into his work, opening the doors for modern lo-fi movement which has been rapidly gaining popularity on YouTube in recent years. In his lifetime Nunjabes released 4 albums including a soundtrack (in collaboration with Fat Jon) to a classic Japanese animation “Samurai Champloo”. His most popular and, arguably, the most influential album is his second full-length project, Modal Soul, which released in 2005. Nunjabes’ final project was released in 2011, a year after his death.

In 10 years after his death Seba Jun’s music has created him a cult-like following among low fidelity hip-hop fans thanks to a sound that many artists today attempt to recreate. If you’re unfamiliar with his work check out the two playlists below that Spotify Japan has compiled in his memory.

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