J Dilla

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The Anniversary

Like Water For Chocolate Turns 20

Rappers diversify. That's how it's been for a couple of decades now. Black artistry and ingenuity have always sold well, no matter the shape in…
Collin Robinson | March 27, 2020 - 9:30 am

Breaks With Tradition

Breaks With Tradition: “Handclapping Song”

When Art Neville's passing was announced on Monday, the role he played in the musical heritage of postwar New Orleans was given the kind of…
Nate Patrin | July 25, 2019 - 11:38 am

Breaks With Tradition

Breaks With Tradition: “King Of The Beats”

It can be bittersweet reminiscing about J Dilla during his birth week: celebrating his 2/7 birthday and the 2006 release of his instrumental beat tape/masterpiece…
Nate Patrin | February 11, 2019 - 10:52 am

More J Dilla stories

Breaks With Tradition

Breaks With Tradition: “Handclapping Song”

When Art Neville's passing was announced on Monday, the role he played in the musical heritage of postwar New Orleans was given the kind of…
Nate Patrin | July 25, 2019 - 11:38 am

Common – “HER Love” (Feat. Daniel Caesar & Dwele) Video

With his 1994 single "I Used to Love H.E.R.," Common gave the conscious hip-hop movement one of its anthems. My colleague Collin Robinson once elaborated
Chris DeVille | June 14, 2019 - 2:10 pm

Watch Anderson .Paak Cover Slum Village With Robert Glasper In NYC

Anderson .Paak says his upcoming album Oxnard is "the album I dreamed of making in high school, when I was listening to The Blueprint, the…
Chris DeVille | October 8, 2018 - 12:12 pm

Breaks With Tradition

Breaks With Tradition: “Fly Like An Eagle”

Steve Miller, one of the real majordomos of '70s rock and a far stranger artist than he's traditionally gotten credit for, turns 75 today. His…
Nate Patrin | October 5, 2018 - 10:45 am

Gotcha Covered

8 Earth, Wind And Fire Covers That Work

I don't believe in superstition, but here I am, a writer with a cover-songs column, discovering on Friday, April 13 that Taylor Swift did a…
Nate Patrin | April 23, 2018 - 3:44 pm

J.Rocc Shares J Dilla x Michael Jackson Mashup Project

J Dilla passed away in 2006, and Michael Jackson passed away three years later. Today, the veteran turntable master J.Rocc has found a fascinating way…
Tom Breihan | February 15, 2018 - 11:49 am

Arcade Fire, A$AP Rocky, Nas, RZA Are In The Lonely Island’s Popstar Movie

The Lonely Island's mockumentary Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is coming out in a little more than a week, and we already know that it'll…
Tom Breihan | May 25, 2016 - 11:50 am

Phife Dawg – “Nutshell” Video

Before A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg passed away last month, he had been working on a new album called Give Thanks. "Nutshell," a song…
Peter Helman | April 5, 2016 - 8:50 pm

Stream J Dilla’s Previously Unreleased “Gangsta Boogie” Feat. Snoop Dogg & Kokane

The vaults of unreleased J Dilla music are seemingly endless, but most of it is instrumental stuff, beats that never ended up getting used for…
Peter Helman | April 3, 2016 - 2:25 pm

J Dilla – “The Introduction”

More music has surfaced from the seemingly endless J Dilla archives. The man who many cite as one of the most important and influential hip-hop…
Collin Robinson | February 18, 2016 - 2:24 pm

The Anniversary

Donuts Turns 10

There's a lot to break down on the massive hip-hop production pillar known as Donuts. In terms of emotion, technique, and legacy this thing is…
Collin Robinson | February 5, 2016 - 8:06 am

Sounding Board

The Immortal Soul: The Revival Of Soul Music And Its History In Hip-Hop Production

Last week, the internet was taken by storm with scheduled and unscheduled hip-hop releases. Mac Miller premiered the track "100 Grandkids" off his long-delayed upcoming…
Stereogum | August 11, 2015 - 1:04 pm

Stream Slum Village Yes!

Before he struck out on his own and became the sort of producer whose name other beatmakers speak in hushed tones, the late legend J…
Tom Breihan | June 11, 2015 - 10:54 am
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