Jun Seba (瀬場潤 Seba Jun?, February 7, 1974 – February 26, 2010) was a Japanese hip hop producer and DJ who recorded under the name Nujabes (ヌジャベス Nujabesu?), the reverse spelling of his name in Japanese order. Nujabes mastered sampling to create music, digging frequently in latin music. Nujabes was also owner of the Shibuya record stores, T Records and Guinness Records and founder of the independent label Hydeout Productions. He died in a car accident on February 26, 2010.
Hydeout Productions 2nd Collection
Samurai Champloo Music Record: Impression
Samurai Champloo Music Record: Departure
The music of Nujabes and other hip-hop artists played a major role in the anime series Samurai Champloo, which is set in a world full of anachronisms, blending elements of hip-hop culture into Edo period Japan. The mash-up of styles is similar to director Shinichirō Watanabe‘s prior series, Cowboy Bebop (prev), though the earlier series blended space travel, westerns and 1940s-60s jazz. The hip-hop/samurai blend of Samurai Champloo ran for 26 episode, and the series premiered in Japan on May 20, 2004, and an English dub of the series premiered in the United States on the Adult Swim anime block on May 14, 2005. Since then, the series has also aired in the United Kingdom, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and Germany. You can catch it streaming online, available both subbed and dubbed. Every episode opened with “Battlecry”, an edited version of the track by Nujabes and Shing02. The music for the show by Nujabes and others was collected in four CDs (Impression, Playlist, Masta and Departure) for release in Japan, and boiled down to one CD for the US.
Besides these works, Nujabes made at least three mixtapes: Sweet Sticky Things, for the fans of slower love songs (YT split: Side A parts 1b, 2, 3 (missing), 4 and 5; Side B parts 1, 2 (muted), 3, 4 and 5) the Ristorante Nujabes Mixtape (YT Split: Side A parts 1, 2, 3, 4and 5; Side B parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5), and Hyde Out Sound Lab mixtape with DJ RYOW (of ShinSight Trio).