original Release January 18, 2010
US Hip Hop Artists Unite To Honor Japanese Producer Nujabes
On Feburary 17, 2011 Pop Show Japan, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Northeren Virginia Area (DMV) Hip Hop artist Substantial and The General Store Inc will present a tribute show honoring the life and musical legacy of Japanese Hip Hop composer and producer Nujabes.
Last year Nujabes (Jun Seba) died at the age of 36 after a fatal car accident. Nujabes was described as one of the most prolific producers of the Jazz Hop genre. During his Career Nujabes released four studio albums, produced and collaborated with American artists such as Hip Hop legend, CL Smooth, Jazz guitarist Terry Callier, and Japanese-American Hip Hop artist Shing02.
Nujabes also contributed to the opening track and soundtrack of Samurai Champloo, a popular Anime series (seen on Cartoon Network) which blends a feudal Japan setting with modern anachronisms, especially in regard to hip hop culture.
DJ Asu, Peaceland Coordinator and Promoter of Pop Show Japan has been involved with both Anime and Hip Hop for a good portion of my life.
“It was great to see both worlds come together in Samurai Champloo. “ I was very curious about Nujabes and how he truly set an atmosphere from the opening theme. He came correct and opened up a new avenue of music for me and many others”
“Peaceland: A World Without Words “ will be the first US tribute event honoring Nujabes and his work. Proceeds from the event will go to Nujabes’ family. The event takes place at Bobby Mckey’s located on the National Harbor in Prince Georges County Maryland. It will feature live performances by artists and DJs that have collaborated with Nujabes including, Apani B, Pase Rock, & Baltimore Hip Hop artist, Substantial’s group Bop Alloy, which he formed with Seattle producer Marcus D.
Substantial, was inspired to push forward with a US tribute event after performing for the first tribute event, “Nujabes Eternal Soul” that took place in Tokyo, Japan in August 2010. Substantial has enjoyed success in Japan after his 2001 debut release record “To This Union A Sun Is Born”, which was executive produced and released by Nujabes and his label, Hyde Out Productions.
“We’ve made a lot of amazing music together that touched people around the world” says Substantial. “ It saddens me that we’re no longer able to work together but his memory lives on.”
Substantial’s group Bop Alloy headline’s the tribute. The group’s debut record” Bop Alloy” was released in September 2010.
“Peaceland: A World Without Words ” takes place on Thursday, Feburary 17th at 8pm at Bobby Mckeys located on 172 Fleet St , National Harbor, MD 20745 Tickets are available now at popshowjapan.com for $15. They will be $20 at the door. This event is for ages 18 and up and takes place on Nujabes’ Birthday and one day before the annual three-day Katsucon convention. Katsucon is a fan convention for anime, manga and Japanese culture enthusiasts that will be held in the Gaylord Resort from February 18-February20. For press inquiries and interviews please contact Seshat Y. Walker at 202.821.7732 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bop Alloy Substantial and Marcus D, the group’s producer and winner of Seattle’s Red Bull Big Tune Beat Battle, are U.S. based entertainers that have just recently released a hot, critically acclaimed, Jazz Hop joint effort together. Substantial has been featured on many of Nujabes’ tracks and is also the first artist signed to Nujabes’ record label, Hydeout Productions.
Apani B’s first full length album,Rhyme-Related (as a member of Polyrhythm Addicts), was released in 1999. She was featured in multiple magazines including Vibe, The Source, and XXL and opened for acts such as the Fugees and Brand Nubian. For the past decade, Apani has made it her business to remain a staple of the NYC underground scene with frequent performances at S.O.B.’s, Lyricist Lounge, and the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe.(wikipedia)
Pase Rock, is DJ, MC, and a founding member of hip hop group Five Deez. He has also performed with Spank Rock and was a frequent collaborator on Nujabes’ releases. Pase’s solo album, Bulls**t as Usual, was Executive Produced by Nujabes and released on Hyde Out Productions in 2003.
About the Event Producers
Pop Show Japan was created by DJ Asu Rock and Toramaru Entertainment, PSJ hosts innovative DJ parties, shows, and unique events based on the sights and sounds of Asian Pop Music, fashion, and hot trends from popular regions of Asia like Japan, Korea, China, and others and blends them with western entertainment and trends to attract new U.S. audiences to this rapidly growing phenomenon.
Substantial is an independent hip hop artist from Baltimore, Md. He released his debut album, To This Union A Sun Was Born, in 2001 as a collaboration with Japanese producer Nujabes. After gaining significant popularity in Japan Substantial began work on his second album, Sacrifice, which he planned to release under his Unlimited Vinyl, Ink label. However, longtime friends and colleagues, QN5 Music, secured a firm distribution route, and signed Substantial in mid-2006. The album was released in early 2008, to critical acclaim. The video for the single “It’s You (I Think)” sparked a significant rise in popularity, appearing on MTV and in other major media outlets. (from Wikipedia)
The General Store Inc. specializes in consulting independent artists on how to increase their visibility, connect with the public and develop their brand. TGS is not out of the box. TGS reates our own boxes. And circles. And triangles. TGS creates original campaigns and mash-up events by using their fresh supply of ill concepts, djs, artists and spaces. TGS provides the staples, the comfort, and those special one of kind items. Seshat Y. Walker is the founder and creative director.