Why We Still Pay Tribute to Nujabes Five Years Later


For avid beat listeners near and far, February is no longer just about expressing love on Valentine’s Day. Instead, it’s grown to be a time to remember and honor two of music’s greatest sound influencers. Here in the Western hemisphere, we were given James “J Dilla” Yancey, the Detroit-born DJ who would come to change the sound of Hip Hop. Meanwhile in Tokyo, the man who would be underground’s most impactful DJ, Jun “Nujabes” Seba, would take his very first breath on the same day. Isn’t it amazing to think that two of Hip Hop’s most inspiring creatives were birthed the same day on opposite sides of the planet? However, fate proved to be a double edged sword.


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Today marks 5 years since we received the heart-stopping news of the fatal car crash that ended Nujabes’ life. But even if his physical presence is no longer with us, his music will continue to immortalize his name. Nujabes was known for his implementation of jazz-lamented hip hop beats, and molding each track into a ethereal sound that became a distinct “Nujabes” style.

Today we play the last installment in the “Luv(sic)” series that started out as a 3 part series between Nujabes and his good friend Shing02. After receiving news of the Nujabes’ death, Shing02 took it upon himself to finish what they started. He took to the studio to create parts 4, 5 and 6 to give closure, not only to the series, but to all listeners out there.

“Gotta finish what we started,”Shing02 said. “So I cut the tape as our records will stay on rotate.” You will be forever missed, Jun “Nujabes” Seba, but never forgotten.