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J Dilla (Jay Dee) - Donuts, CD

$ 14.98 USD

RIP Dilla.

After serving quietly as a member of A Tribe Called Quest's production team and scoring hits for Busta Rhymes, De La Soul and Pharcyde, Detroit producer Jay Dee became known as a major hip-hop prospect by the end of the 90s. The hip-hop community took notice of his no-frills, breakbeat heavy hip-hop style as he helped craft albums for Common, Q Tip and the debut for his own group Slum Village. By the time of his major-label debut with Slum Village's Fantastic, Vol. 2 in 2000, Jay Dee was recognized as one of hip hop's most admired and desired producers. Jay Dee's debut as a solo artist came in 2001 with the release of "Welcome to Detroit" on BBE. Assuming the name J DILLA, he joined the Stones Throw roster in 2003, formed Jaylib with fellow producer/MC MADLIB, and released the album "Champion Sound".

Despite contributing two tracks to Common's career-resurrecting "Be" this year, it's been a quiet time for Dilla. So where has he been? A cover story in URB (Mar 2004) made public his recent, sudden struggle with illness, and recently rumors began circulating again about health emergencies and hospitalization. Asked about this in XXL (June 2005), Dilla himself partially confirmed these stories. ÃÃÃÃâThe rumors were like, Jay Dee is dead and all that, but I was just in the hospital. I was in ICU, with all types of tubes. It was crazy.ÃÃÃÃâÃÃÃÃÝ

Working both from his home studio and while hospitalized from a portable sound system including turntable, samplers, and small boxes of vinyl brought in and out from visitors Dilla continued making music at his usual non-stop pace, circulating beats to MCs, and coming up with the foundation of what would become "Donuts".

Begun simply enough as a production beat tape, "Donuts" evolved into a project as unusual as the environment in which it was created. It's a hip-hop album without MC's. An album of electronic music that at times sounds like a 70s soul mixtape. Its abrupt transitions and numerous interludes might make you think you're rapidly turning the radio dial in some strange city where every station is programmed by a certain Detroit hip-hop producer. "Donuts" is J Dilla doing what he does best crafting hip-hop, soul and electronic music into his own sound.

And a few have asked, ÃÃÃÃâWhat's up with the title?ÃÃÃÃâÃÃÃÃÝ Easy explanation. Dilla likes donuts.

Track Listing:

01. Donuts (Outro)
02. Workinonit
03. Waves
04. Light My Fire
05. The New
06. Stop
07. People
08. The Diff'rence
09. Mash
10. Time: The Donut of the Heart
11. Glazed
12. Airworks
13. Lightworks
14. Stepson of the Clapper
15. The Twister (Huh, What)
16. One Eleven
17. Two Can Win
18. Don't Cry
19. Anti-American Graffiti
20. Geek Down
21. Thunder
22. Gobstopper
23. One for Ghost
24. Dilla Says Go
25. Walkinonit
26. The Factory
27. U-Love
28. Hi.
29. Bye.
30. Last Donut of the Night
31. Welcome to the Show

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