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Released only three days before J Dilla passed away in February 2006, Donuts is one of underground hip-hop's most legendary projects. Sketches of songs segue into one another, creating a soulful and emotional journey, with hypnotic moments like "Workinonit" and the dreamy "Waves" giving way to coded messages on mortality, such as the wistful "Bye." and the bittersweet "Last Donut of the Night." Even though this is an all-instrumental album packed with short, sample-based loops, we feels like Dilla's talking right at us.

Customer Reviews

You will agree!

I don't normally put forth the effort to write a review; coincidentally I hardly ever read the darn things. But I was appalled to see that some tasteless listener gave this album 1 star. So in lieu of that person’s bad judgment, I have decided to jump on the 5 star bandwagon. Let me say this is one album that any true music fan, being a hip-hop, soul, funk, or r n b head, will truly come to adore and love. Dilla goes above and beyond with this one kiddies, it is mental ingenuity at its finest. The samples are A class; the rhythms are unorthodox, one minute syncopated and the next min totally switching bpms. Some of the tracks have a deep emotional feel that touch the very root of existence. With this album it is very clear, that Jd is in among the sample gods that grace our ears today. Along with Doom, Madlib, Pete Rock, dj shadow, and so on, he is now an elite member within the sampling lexicon. Good on you Dilla, good on ya. One last word to the wise, if dirty south hip hop or pop hop stuff is what you prefer, don’t waste you time with this album, I recommend that you go rot your brain with that un-mitigated dreck, I think dem franchise boys just released something.

R.I.P J Dilla

I never post any reviews, but I just found out that Jay Dee died earlier today, February 10th, 2006. I'm a huge fan of his work, and I think that nobody in the game today was doing anything that could even come close to touching Jay's skills. Cop this album, and every other one of his pieces of work. His music takes a little time to get used to, but once you're in, it makes you feel like no other music out there. RIP Jay Dee. You're already missed.

The art of hip hop: J Dilla's final statement

Might not want to miss this. Did you hear Jay Dee/J-Dilla of Slum Village/Soulquarians/Stones Throw/organic Detroit hip hop/Common/De la Soul fame passed on? Crazy, crazy another young brother died and crazy is his diverse, blacktronic music. If you did not know the medical culprit was a blood disorder akin to lupus.  His new album "Donuts" is an emotional nonstop collection of instrumental vignettes. A lo key banger full of 31 tracks about one minute to two minutes long. Straight old school soul(full) vocals layered with subtle scratches and pushed by extreme, crisp head nodding production. Peep it. It's worth the money and worthy of your time. Makes me lean easy when I drive, sing the samples throughout the day to my wife's annoyance/amazement, bop my head like it's the early nineties and openly pray for Dilla's soul and fam.  Commercial, capitlaist hip hop pales in comparison. Word.


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 -- including...
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