R.I.P. Nujabes

Today, the website The Inquisitr (among others) reported that Japanese producer Nujabes died last month in a car accident.  If true, this represents a huge loss for hip-hop and, truly, music in general.  While never breaking into the mainstream, Nujabes received critical acclaim and attracted a diverse and committed fan base.  Nujabes made beautiful music, combining drum breaks with subtle jazz loops and haunting piano and string melodies.  My personal favourite remains “Battlecry,” on the Samurai Champloo soundtrack:


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