On February 10, 2006 the music world (not just hip hop) lost one of it’s greatest musicians. J Dilla, who hailed from Detroit, was a remarkable producer/MC whose musical style is a blend of jazz, heavy baselines and rare samples.
Dilla is the brain behind a boatload of hip hop classics from a wide range of artists including Eryakah Badu, A Tribe Called Quest, Ghostface, Talib Kweli, Common and BustaRhymes.
Luckily Dilla’s resume is the type that gives me room for multiple selections. So here are my top three (minus the one Mel stole from me) Dilla tracks of all time:
Ghostface – Whip You With A Strap
This joint is from Ghost’s 2006 album Fishscale and is also featured on Dilla’s intrumental album Donuts. This version here is from a Boondock’s mixtape so you can get your laugh and your groove on.
J Dilla – Won’t Do
Even though he was an accomplished producer, Dilla still did his thing on the mic. This cut from his album The Shinning. The video was shot after his passing and features cameos from Talib Kweli, Common and Will.i.am.
A song that every guy on the planet can relate to. Sorry ladies.
J Dilla – Last Donut of the Night (f. Busta Rhymes)
This was originally just an joint from his instrumental album Donuts. Busta eventually hopped on the track to pay homage. It’s sick either way.
If this is your first time hearing about J Dilla, chances are you’ve heard his music before and just didn’t know it. Do the knowledge and search through his catalogue, I’m positive you’ll find a smooth groove to rock to.