minoroots

RIP Nujabes

Posted in Music, Tribute by minoroots on 03/18/2010

For quite some time, Nujabes’ tracks have been the ringtone on my phone. So the news of his death came as an absolute shock.

From Shing02’s website:

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.

[…]

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.

I never thought that I would be so shocked and saddened over the death of someone I’ve never even met. I knew nothing about who Jun Seba, the person, was. But Nujabes, the artist, connected. Definitely a huge influence on me as well as many of my peers.

May his soul continue to lay down sick tracks in peace.

…Whenever you are feeling blue / Keep walking and we can get far / Wherever you are

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