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Diggin' In The Crates: J Dilla(Jay Dee)

By @TrueGodImmortal




One of the greatest producers of all time, J. Dilla aka Jay Dee has built up a legacy that seemed to only get greater with his unfortunate passing. However, Dilla lives on forever and today, I wanted to look back at some of his most famod productions and some of his lesser known ones as well. It is entirely impossible to list every great Dilla production, as he has endless amounts, but we tried to come up with a solid list to concentrate on every era of Dilla and even some of his beats from his instrumental albums.



*The Pharcyde- Runnin


-There is no way you could have a J Dilla list and miss this one. The song is iconic itself but the track here is so smooth. Amazing work.

*A Tribe Called Quest- Get A Hold & Stressed Out



-As a part of the Ummah, Dilla contributed beats to Tribe's last two albums. These two tracks in particular stick out heavily, as one is driven by drums and the other driven by melody.

*Slum Village- The Look Of Love


-The smooth melodic sounds of this track off Slum's first album are truly undeniable.

*Busta Rhymes- Still Shining


-Off Busta's solo debut, this track was indeed a favorite of mine. Knocking beat with a smooth melody.

*Mad Skillz- It's Goin' Down


-The boom bap heavy sound of this track carries Skillz in this dope track.

*A Tribe Called Quest- Find A Way & 4 Moms



-Find A Way is known and loved. However, the production on 4 Moms, which is essentially just an amazing instrumental, is superb. One of my favorite Dilla tracks ever.

*Q-Tip- Breathe and Stop, Vivrant Thing & Things U Do




-I chose these three for a reason. Breathe and Stop was high energy and bouncy, while Vivrant Thing was more club orientated yet knocking, while Things U Do was laid back and almost jazz influenced.

*Busta Rhymes- Enjoy The Ride


-Off of Busta's Anarchy album, this track is so ridiculously smooth and the boom bap drums are amazing.

*Common- Like Water For Chocolate Album




-Dilla's work with the Soulquarians is absolutely amazing on this album. "Thelonious", "Nag Champa", "A Film Called Pimp", etc... His work made this classic album EVEN stronger.

*Slum Village feat DJ Jazzy Jeff- I Don't Know


-The jazzy track here allows Slum to kick their shit. Dilla doesn't disappoint on production here.

*Erykah Badu- Didn't Cha Know


-Mama's Gun album is a classic(more coming on this soon to the site) and this is my all time favorite Badu song. The production is absolutely flawless. The song is flawless.

*Bilal featuring Common and Mos Def- Reminisce


-Bilal's first album is amazing, and this song is one of my favorites off of it. The reflective feel to the beat fit perfect.

*Busta Rhymes- It Ain't Safe No More & Turn Me Up Some



-The title track to Busta's It Ain't Safe No More album is completely fire. The jazzy soulful feel of Turn Me Up Some is amazing as well.

*Talib Kweli- Stand To The Side


-Off of Kweli's Quality album, this track is simple yet effective with simple grooves and melodies, backed by a hook from Novel.

*Jaylib- Starz


-The boom bap is heavy on this one, as Jay and Madlib combine for a great track here.

*De La Soul- Much More


-This track is absolutely beautiful. The LTD sample, the drums, the hook from Yummy Bingham. Flawless.

*Common- Love Is... & It's Your World



-Dilla's work on Common's "BE" album was absolutely amazing. These two songs are two of the best on the album.

*Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip- You Can't Hold The Torch


-The smooth soulful joint from Busta's album "The Big Bang" is a classic.

*Slum Village- YES! Album



-The recent released album from Slum features unheard Dilla beats. Some great work here.

*Think Twice


-Off his dope Welcome To Detroit album, Jay Dee provides us with a dope joint here. The beat is flawless.

*Brazilian Groove(EWF)


-Jay takes an Earth, Wind and Fire sample and creates a great track here.

*Shake It Down


-The smooth track from Welcome to Detroit. Boom bap is heavy here.

*Waves


-The dope track from his classic instrumental album "Donuts". The sample is perfect and drums are just right.

*Airworks


-The soul sound is flawless here. Dilla chops a sample amazingly to create this joint.

*Two Can Win


-The soulful sample once again is amazing here and Dilla gives it the right amount of boom bap to make it work.

*Gobstopper



-This beat has been used often by now, with great reason. Smooth, soulful, and once again flawless.

*U-Love


-The soulful essence of all the songs here is amazing. This one is no different and this track is one of my favorite on Donuts.

*Last Donut Of The Night


-A track that features a smooth melodic groove with solid drums, this closes out Donuts perfectly.

*Ghostface Killah- Whip You With A Strap


-Ghostface's storytelling needed this simple but effective beat. Smooth as hell.

*Love Jones(The Shining)


-Live instrumentation and horn heavy, this beat was absolutely perfect. I personally would love to rap on it.

*Baby(featuring Madlib and Guilty Simpson)


-The soul samples are Dilla's strong suit to me along with drums and he once again kills it with the sample here.

*Won't Do


-The electric soul feel here is amazing. Solid flow that creates a Dilla anthem.

*J-Dilla- Crushin'


-Bouncy track off Ruff Draft album, which sounds extremely breezy and smooth. Perfection.

*Requiem 


-This is classic Dilla, a bit melancholy yet melodic but still perfection as only Dilla could do.

*My Victory


-Yet again another smooth soul sample but this one felt glorious. Even more than usual.

*House Shoes Was Spinnin


-The melodic sound backed the boom bap drum patterns is vintage Dilla. This beat is relaxing.

*King



-From the Jay Stay Paid project, this is a grungy track laced with pure dopeness and an airy soul sample with sinister keys.

*Mythsysizer


-A different paced Dilla beat from usual, the knocking drums and pianos create a perfect sound.

There are so many tracks we could pick, but let it be known that Dilla is a legend and we wanted to give you a blend of the popular and some of the lesser known. You have more favorite Dilla productions? List them in the comments below. Long Live Dilla!

-True

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