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Donuts

J Dilla

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Donuts proves that the cliché about some people just having to make music is true: producer Jay Dee/J Dilla (Common, A Tribe Called Quest) reportedly completed much of the album in his hospital bed, using vinyl, a portable turntable and a Powerbook. One of the Slum Village founder’s last works before his death just after turning 32, this is a fantasia of loops, bringing together soft-soul guitar lines and verbal warnings (Eddie Kendricks: “People, the time has come”), an early electronic-music demo record, a yearning line from “For Once in My Life” and a holler from the Beasties’ “It’s the New Style” in a dreamscape that’s playful, challenging and repays the compulsive listening it invites. Included are “One for Ghost” and “Hi,” two beats Dilla provided for Ghostface’s Fishscale.

Customer Reviews

伝説の逸品。

シンプルだけど刺激的でヒップなトラックを大量生産した天才ビートメイカー。惜しい人を亡くしたな。

アルバムの中で生きてます

この方の事は亡くなってから知りました。が、自分の持っている曲が、こんなにこの方と繋がっていた事を知り驚きました。とても、いいアルバムです。

やっぱ別格。

クラブに行き始めた当時1995年頃、良く耳にしたRunnin 。衝撃的な格好良さだった。その後も進化を遂げてウマーの曲等良く聴いていた。最近リリースされたRunnin(Philippians Remix)一つ頭を抜く格好良さで思い出し辿り着く先はこのアルバム。特に好きな曲はTime: The Donut of the Heart。なんでこんなに心地良いくらい浮遊感たっぷりの曲で、ワンループなのに飽きもこなく、冷たく暖かく、かっこ良く耳に届く。亡くなったのが本当に惜しい。

Biography

Born: February 7, 1974 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Frequently and rightly placed in the same context as DJ Premier, Pete Rock, and Kanye West, J Dilla (aka Jay Dee) built and sustained a high standing as a producer's producer while maintaining a low profile. When Pharrell Williams appeared on BET's 106 & Park in 2004, he excitedly declared that Dilla was his favorite producer and told an audibly stumped crowd that it had probably never heard of the man. At the time, Dilla had been active for well over a decade and had netted enough beats —...
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