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Nujabes (Seba Jun) Passes Away

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I've just caught word of some tragic news. One of my greatest inspirations, Seba Jun, passed away last month in a car crash on February 26, 2010, the same day a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan. He's most well known for contributing a large body of tracks to the anime, Samurai Champloo, and for founding the company, Hydeout Productions. But even so, he kept a really private life staying away from the public spotlight; I think that says a lot about his character. It goes without saying that I'll miss his music. Please check out his tracks if you haven't yet.

You can read more about it here:

http://www.nowpublic.com/culture/nujabes-confirmed-dead-hydeout-productions-2592696.html

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His close friend, Shing02 (who Seba also collaborated with for the Luv(sic) trilogy) says:

Today, I have very somber news for the international hip hop community, especially fans of the independent hip hop scene, and those who have followed my career.

It has been announced that Jun Seba, aka Nujabes, Japanese hip hop producer extraordinaire, passed away late February. Official statement from the label (in Japanese) here:

http://hydeout.net/hydeout/2010/03/_hydeoutproductions.html

We deeply regret the loss of a unique talent and a close friend. Through his soulful music, Nujabes has touched so many people around the world, even beyond his dreams. He was a mysterious character to most as he avoided the public limelight, rarely conducted interviews, so only a few got to know the man behind the signature production. Yet it continued to amaze me how young listeners of all backgrounds learned of his enigmatic name, and expressed support for his music.

As I write now from Japan, I had been leaving him messages the past couple of weeks, trying to get in the studio together, so the news could not have come any more unexpected. Even last week, I passed by his house and called him thinking he was still home.

I met Nujabes around 2000 and as an upcoming MC, I was fortunate to work on tracks such as Battlecry, F.I.L.O, Luv(sic) parts 1, 2 and 3. We had been working on the next trilogy of Luv(sic) over the past year (which we’re determined to see through). The last time we talked in January, Nujabes emailed me to wish Jeff Resurreccion, a 19-year old beatboxer who had just passed way from cancer, his heartfelt condolences.

While we continue to respect the privacy of his family, we will work to preserve his legacy, and pay tribute to the body of work, some unreleased, that he has left for us to enjoy. Jun Seba will be dearly missed by his family, friends, colleagues, and fans worldwide.

in peace,

Shing02p

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I'm currently remixing a track from Poem of Sky and Sea - 5 Centimeters Per Second in a "Nujabes" sort of way, and will be uploading the track to YouTube as a small tribute to this amazing artist and person. I'll post the link here whenever it gets finished.

EDIT: Finished tribute -

REST IN PEACE.

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I stared at the thread title for a solid minute, utterly dumbstruck. I didn't know until now. It's a shame his music isn't as widely known here in America. A lot of people have seen Samurai Champloo, but his entire body of work is utterly amazing and really should be checked out. It has the kind of poignant emotional content which is so rare and special. He will be missed.

RIP

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This hit me HARD. Sadly, I only discovered him around a year ago but his songs have been on all of my playlists since then. So many gems dropped, sad that he won't be making anymore beautiful music.

Rest in Peace, a play of "World's End Rhapsody" for you man.

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Damn, really enjoyed his music. Incredible style and soul to his productions. His productions always reminded what I liked about older hip hop to begin with. Rest in peace dude, maybe he'll come back in the next life as an MC.

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As ignorant as this sounds, I didn't even know there WAS instrumental hip-hop until I started listening to this guy through Samurai Shamploo.

He and his talent will be sorely missed.

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Damn this is sad news indeed I've been a huge fan of his work for years. I was trying to get him to make a remix for us, but it was kinda hard to get in touch with him.

Rest in peace, man.

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RIP Nujabes. Your music got me through a lot of tough shit and accompanied me through a lot of good times, and I'll never forget you. The nostalgia of my past is too intertwined with your music for that to happen.

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My small remix tribute to Nujabes is now up on YouTube. I like to think in some way maybe he'll hear it :/ Ah, this news doesn't lighten up at all...

Hope you enjoy the track.

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ILLiterate and I talked about this a bit ago, and it sucks hard. Dude was a genius. He will be greatly missed.

R.I.P., bro.

EDIT: When that album of his work that his friends are finishing up drops, I am buying that day one. Import fees or not, it is going to be worth it.

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Going to do a tribute to Nujabes at the end of next week's Radio Free Gamer. Any requests?

Also, @Robotaki, would you mind if I played your remix as part of it?

I'd be honoured man, if I didn't reply too late.

With regards to requests, I absolutely love Nujabes' extended version of Hanabi feat. Uyama Hiroto. It's quite a rarity (as I couldn't find where to DL the track) but here is what it sounds like:

Cheers

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