Nujabes, AKA Jun Seba, was a popular Japanese hip-hop producer known for collaborating with many different recording artists and producers around the world. Some of them include Japanese hip-hop producer Uyama Hiroto, Japanese hip-hop soca artist Minmi, CL Smooth(half of the hip-hop duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth), and hip-hop artist Substantial.
Substantial is one of the artists that developed a close relationship with Nujabes before he died tragically in a car accident. He gained a certain level of success with Nujabes’ brilliant production skills and superior quality of music after getting signed to his record label Hyde Out Productions.
When Nujabes died in 2010, Substantial devoted the song “No Turning Back” to him. Nujabes played a pivotal role in helping him successful throughout his career. His memory will continue to live on in hip-hop culture. He was also one of the key figures that created the theme music for the anime series Samurai Champloo.
In my opinion, Nujabes produced music of substance and the endless struggles that we all go throughout life to accomplish our goals. One of my favorite songs he produced is titled Battlecry from the anime series Samurai Champloo. That song does a magnificent job of informing audiences about the daily struggles of being a honorable samurai.
The most important lesson that I learned from Samurai Champloo, especially in the opening episode, is to maintain a sense of your identity and gain respect among your peers in a chaotic world. In essence, the music motivates you to face your fears with honor and courage. Nujabes was great at creating music that speaks to us on different levels.
For example, on his track Peaceland, Nujabes combines hip-hop with jazz instrumentals. This particular track puts me in a more relaxing mood and also helps me to cherish my self-worth on this planet. As human beings, life is a precious gift that we should because there is always someone in this world that has it worse than you. Whenever you feel hopeless or depressed, I would highly recommend anyone to play this track. It will lift your spirits and make you look at life from a more positive outlook.
Nujabes’ death is similar to Aaliyah. For those that are unfamiliar with Aaliyah, she was a rising R&B singer/film star that tragically died in a plane crash in 2001. She was known for popular songs “Are You That Somebody,” “One In A Million,” “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number,” and starred in films such as Romeo Must Die and Queen of the Damned. Both of these talented artists left us too soon, but able to achieve a great level of success in the music industry during their brief time on Earth.
Therefore if Nujabes was alive today, I think he would have excelled at becoming one of the all-time greatest producers that the music industry has ever known alongside some of his American counterparts such as Kanye West, Timbaland, and Dr. Dre.