Seba Jun, aka Nujabes, died February 26, 2010, but his work remains powerful to new and familiar listeners. Below, Aruarian Dance, incorporates hip-hop drums, but through use of other instruments, some orchestral and others computerized, establishes a new genre of its own. I like to call it ethereal hip hop — the style utilizes melodies and hypnotic drum beats. Above is an example.

The next song, Luv Sic pt 2, features a Japanese-American rapping in English, but again Nujabes creates a background beat that is distinctly Japanese. While American artists also utilize melodies, very rarely do they use them to the lush, peaceful ends that Nujabes does.

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