Before we start, let me be clear that I'm an anime fan. Ever since "Astroboy" and "Gigantor" all the way to "Planetes" and "Cowboy Bebop". "Samurai Champloo" is one of my favorites, especially, the music by Nujabes, an eclectic mixture of Hip-Hop and traditional Japanese music. His loss will be missed by all anime fans.
Via Anime News Network
The official website of hydeout productions has announced on Thursday that Jun Seba, the hip-hop producer better known as Nujabes, passed away due to an automobile accident in Tokyo late in the evening of February 26. He was 36 years old. An ambulance had rushed Nujabes to a hospital in Tokyo's Shibuya ward, but the live-saving efforts of the medical staff were ultimately unsuccessful.
Nujabes made his professional debut in 2003 on the label compilation album first collection and his first solo album, Metaphorical Music. He composed the music in Manglobe's Samurai Champloo television anime series, including its "Battlecry" opening theme song. He had left behind some unreleased tracks in the studio, and his label plans to release those tracks on some format in the future.
Here's the Samurai Champloo theme by Nujabes Ft. Force of Nature.