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9 Epic Tracks to Get You Into Nujabes, The Legendary Japanese DJ for Those Chill-Hop Vibes

There’s no specific reason to celebrate Nujabes today — no anniversaries or commemorative dates — but that won’t stop us from doing it anyway.

The Japanese producer, whose style delved into hip hop, jazz, and breakbeat, among other genres, created music that was unprecedented in its beautifully nostalgic sound. Upon his death at the age of 36 in 2010, caused by a traffic collision, he had become one of Japan’s most influential in the genre. Nujabes had created the soundtrack for critically-acclaimed anime Samurai Champloo, among other notable accomplishments.