Recently, We got familiar with M. Josephine who promised to deliver a Dilla tribute EP. Well, that EP is here! You can stream and download the 4-track tribute via Bandcamp and Soundcloud. After you listen, head over to Facebook, and show M. Josephine some love!
Not many names excite hip hop heads the way “Dilla” does. Through his work with A Tribe Called Quest (ATCQ), Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu and his own group Slum Village, the producer’s name has become synonymous with legendary.
Without knowing it, i became a J. Dilla fan when ATCQ’s “Stressed Out” hit the college radio waves. My appreciation grew with De La Soul’s “Stakes Is High,” the Pharcyde’s “Runnin’” and many other hip hop classics. Sometime between Common’s Like Water for Chocolate and Ms. Badu’s “Didn’t You Know”/Mama’s Gun, i began to consider myself a “true” Dilla fan.
Now, several years after his death, a number of documentaries have taught me just how expansive his catalog and influence were/are. Only DJ Premier, Diddy (yes, you read it correctly), Pete Rock, and a few others have impacted hip hop music and culture to the degree that Dilla has. I don’t know if any have made such a large imprint as he did in the short time that he was actively involved in the music industry.
For that reason — his influence on and contribution to hip hop culture — i’m making Feb. 7 Dilla day! Just kidding… sort of. To celebrate, here are a couple of my favorite Dilla songs.
What are some of your faves?
Dilla fans, check out this 60 min. radio documentary. It’s only available through Saturday, Nov. 5 so make time to listen before then. The link is embedded in the pic.
UPdate: the “Gone Too Soon” Link doesn’t work anymore. However, in response to the original post, some of my fam sent me other links to documentaries. One, “J. Dilla: Still Shining,” is embedded in the picture below. Another link follows. Many thanks to EVERYone who responded and put me up on these links.
- Brotha Onaci
Stussy’s Documentary on Dilla