RIP Nujabes

Japanese hip hop artist Jun Seba aka Nujabes was killed in a car accident on 26 February. This 36 year old musical genius’ death was confirmed the news on the artist’s record label website on Hydeout Productions. Another sad day to the music scene.

Nujabes crashed his car leaving the Metropolitan Expressway in Tokyo’s Minato Ward, as confirmed on the website and his friend and collaborator, Shing02. Attempts to save him were unsuccessful. His death and funeral was kept secret for unknown reasons.

The entertainer is the founder of his record company Hydeout Productions, owner of two Tokyo record stores, Guinness Records and T Records. Nujabes, who’s nickname is actually his real name spelled backwards have worked with some of the most respected underground hip hop artists of our times namely CYNE, Apani B, Five Deez, Substantial, CL Smooth, Terry Callier, Funky DL and R&B singer Dwele. Hydeout Productions will release some of Nujabes’ tracks he’s been working on before his untimely death.

His death is being mourned by many from all around the world. Even DJ Premier, a renowned hip hop producer and DJ dedicated a blog to the late Nujabes on his blog.

“Damn, I was such a big fan of the man. Not only his music, but his character too. I remember when a hip hop fan got back from Japan they always asked him if he went to his record shop and took pictures of it and if they met Nujabes himself. Because it was so rarely to see him on image, he communicates with music like no one else did. His vinyl were always hard to get for non Japan heads, it was crazy how they were sold. The underground world really recognized him and always will, no doubt about it. He was one of the best hip hop producer of Japan and that is what he will always be remembered for, R.I.P. my friend, we’ll miss you. 2010, damn…”

Remember Nujabes at www.myspace.com/nujabes.