I have a very deep love affair with KPop. I have been hooked since 1997 and it hasn’t let go. When I come for air, I try to explore other genres and lately Chillhop has been on the menu. Those frosty melodies and brain freezing bursts of bass, cymbal, and brass just make for a delicious eargasm.
Chillhop is often mistaken for Jazz Rap and Trip Hop. However, it’s roots are in Neo Soul and Electronica. According to Wikipedia, the BPM (beats per minute) of Chillhop usually varies from 85 to 95 BPM. Thus, it isn’t as slow as the languid Trip Hop of Tricky but is slower than the jazzy rhymes of Digable Planets.
There are many in this genre that site Japanese musician Nujabes as the father of Chillhop. He was influenced by 1980s Jazz Rap and began creating his own beats circa 1996. He is most recognized along with other similar artists such as Fat Jon for the music in the anime series – Samurai Champloo (2004). Eventually, Adult Swim broadcasted the series and began using Chillhop music in their bumps between programming and commercials.
Sadly, Nujabes left this world on February 26, 2010 (Age 36) due to a car accident in Tokyo. Nujabes is actually an anagram of his real name Jon Seba. Nujabes collaborated with other Japanese artists such as Uyama Hiroto, Shing02 (with whom he created the critically acclaimed “Luv(sic)” hexalogy), Minmi, and was also involved with America’s underground hip hop scene through collaboration with CYNE, Apani B, Five Deez, Substantial, CL Smooth, Fat Jon, and Terry Callier. He released three studio albums (Metaphorical Music in 2003, Modal Soul in 2005, and Spiritual State, released posthumously in 2011) and two collection compilations (Hydeout Productions 1st Collection in 2003 and 2nd Collection in 2007) (Wikipedia).
A hexalogy (from Greek ἑξα- hexa–, “six” and -λογία -logia, “discourse”) is a compound literary or narrative work that is made up of six distinct works. The word apparently first appeared in English as a borrowing from German, in discussions of August Bungert’s Wagnerian opera cycle entitled Homerische Welt based on the Iliad and the Odyssey.
Nujabes influenced individuals around the world. It was not shocking to see the numerous tributes released in his honor.
Chillhop still shines brightly and the genre is full of a wide array of choices.
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