Tuesday, April 13, 2010

R.I.P. Malcolm McLaren & Nujabes

For those of you who don't know who McLaren is, he was the manager of the Sex Pistols in the 1970's. Sadly, McLaren passed away at the age of 64 this month due to mesothelioma.

The news came as quiet a shock to many of his friends who didn't even know he was ill as he lived a reclusive lifestyle in Switzerland. His philosphy was that social movements and music go hand in hand, he infamously took his group on boat trips to the house of Parliment and had them perform loud anarchist songs, this resulted in his arrest and plenty of publicity.

In '83 he ventured into hip-hop music and formed his own solo-career. At the time hip-hop was very much a little known sub culture in the U.K. and McLaren was influential in bringing it to a wider audience. You may even recognise his vocals (below) from Eminem's "Without Me".

So with this recent untimely passing, i am reminded of the death of Japenese hip hop producer Nujabes.
Nujabes was a musical genius who heavily influenced a lot of artists in the U.S. and worldwide. His works can be compared to the innovators of hip hop jazz & soul like Pete Rock and Dilla. Real name "Jun Seba", he was involved in a car crash and passed Feburary 26th, just a short time after his 36th birthday. It is rather sad to think such influential people have left us so suddenly.

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