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J Dilla: DonutsDonuts (2006)
Reviewer Rating: 5
Contributed by: eatdogseatdogs
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Michigan born J Dilla, also known as Jay Dee for most of his career, was one very inspiring producer who tragically died very young. His presence in the independent, as well as major label world of hip-hop was very subtle, but nonetheless most excellent. He produced for artists such as A Tribe Calle.
Michigan born J Dilla, also known as Jay Dee for most of his career, was one very inspiring producer who tragically died very young. His presence in the independent, as well as major label world of hip-hop was very subtle, but nonetheless most excellent. He produced for artists such as A Tribe Called Quest, Talib Kweli, Ghostface Killah, De La Soul, Common, Proof and Madlib. His legacy left behind so much potential and organic inspiration that's it's a shame it didn't become well known until his death. Modern day artists like Kanye West seem to draw heavy inspiration from Dilla, such as his ability to use samples in order to purposefully grow a song into an anthem, but it's not as respectful to the source material like how Dilla would handle it. Taking material from African American culture (soul, jazz, rock, blues, etc.) and mixing it to create unique beats wasn't anything new, but the way Dilla handled it was carefully plotted and very raw. The music seemed to speak for him. His style is very much minimalist, but that's where the source and heart of his talent lies.
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