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Nujabes: An Audio and Visual Fixation

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His video makes you stare, but in a really cool, bizarre way.

By Penny C

Be amused as this music video from Nujabes plays on and you decide to go “This is so odd it’s funny” or be impressed and let out a “Oh wow, this is cool”. Like admiring the visuals of how water erupts from a pierced, liquid filled balloon in slow motion, people running frantically at the slowest possible pace is as fascinating too. Watch Luv (sic) pt. 2 and be baffled, which in this case, is a good thing.

NujabesSo how did that go? Jun Seba is a Japanese hip hop producer and DJ who goes by the stage name of Nujabes , which is actually Jen Seba spelled backwards. Nujabes’ works are stamped with individuality and his passion for creating soothing lounge tunes is constantly inspired by the influences of Miles Davis, Yusef Lateef and Pat Metheny. This gifted producer also embellishes his tracks with live and acoustic instrumentation for that unique sound he calls his own.

Not only has this musician been producing music known as Soul Jazz (the dude blends cool jazz and soul influences to create his distinct mellow beats), the entrepreneur is the owner of Shiuya records stores, T Records and Guinness Records and is also founder of the independent label Hydeout Productions.




If you’re finding his music vaguely familiar, that’s because Nujabes had previously contributed to the soundtrack of Edo period based anime, Samurai Champloo. Though set in feudal Japan, this anime manages to blend Edo era Nippon with modern styles and references, especially in regards to hip hop culture. Adding on to his already impressive portfolio are his past collaborations with underground American hip hop acts such like Terry Callier, Apani B and British rapper Funky DL.

Check out the opening of Samurai Champloo

Now that’s a load of cool. Remember to sample the Nujabes’ skills at his MySpace.

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