A Tribute to Nujabes

December 16, 2010 § 2 Comments

I know it’s the end of the year when I begin to get bombarded with “Top 10 ____ of the year” articles.  Although I love complaining about them and how most lists suck, I secretly find them interesting to read and a great way to kill time; Times Magazine has a Top 10 for everything.  While the people at Times Magazine have successfully taken me down the memory lane of 2010, I wanted to write a post about something that will never make a Top 10 list but had personally affected me this year.

Not many people know who Nujabes  is.  Tragically, the young underground hip-hop producer and DJ passed away February of this year and will likely quietly fade away in music history without further discussion.  Nujabes was a  secretive person and avoided the limelight while he was alive.  Similar in that regard to Daft Punk, he seemed to want the world to focus on the music and not the creator behind it.  He doesn’t need to come out for interviews and tv appearances;  his music speaks to those who listen.  It music captures and woos the listener into falling in love with what they hear.  At least, that’s what happened to me.

Nujabes has a very mellow sound combined with light beats; none of those club banging beats.  What really drew me in was his use of jazz samples and soft instrumental melodies such as piano and piano.  The combination of the beats with the beautiful melodies are magical, there’s really no other words to explain it.  The jazz fusion is impeccable and his sound distinct.  Some of his songs have lyrics and those lyrics are like poems; sometimes thought-provoking, whimsical observations or just great wordplay.  There are a lot of people out there, like me, that have just been completely drawn to his music, in a “touch my soul” way.  His style is unique and just incomparable to anything out there now.

Nujabes isn’t really dead.  All you have to do is press play.

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