Forget Me Not: J Dilla

A twist on our typical Forget Me Not.  Generally we’d look to highlight a specific album here, but I’ve been far too into reading on this one particular individual (HT Pitchfork). We’re going to make this a multi-album, multi-artist, producer / composer J Dilla homage.

Put simply, J-Dilla was responsible for the production of some of the most influential music in hip-hop from 1995 until his death in 2006. The list of associated acts is a who’s who of influential hip-hop artists over that same time period: The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Q-Tip, and The Roots et al.

For as much as he did, my best guess is that the average music fan wouldn’t know a lot about J Dilla. This Pitchfork article is probably the best place to start. Fellow Soulqarian, Questlove (of The Roots), who INLE follows and enjoys on Twitter had this to say earlier in the week about the previous link to Pitchfork:

The most eloquent college level non questo okayplayer dissertation breakdown of DILLA for dummies

Questlove approved. It doesn’t get much better than that. If I were Nate Patrin (Pitchfork writer credited with the piece), I’d be over the f’n moon. Here are a few tracks to acquaint or re-acquaint yourself with Jay Dee.

There’s a lot more, too.  Go find it and, most importantly, turn it up.

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