J Dilla

Chances are you’ve probably heard of J Dilla and if you haven’t you probably have without knowing it. J Dilla is one of the most talented and musically gifted producers to hit the buttons. His collaboration list is endless and includes artists like Slum Village, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Common, Madlib and even Janet Jackson to name just a few. His technical jazzy style incorporates swung Chris ‘Daddy’ Dave style beats with discordant chord progressions that will twist your face into the most aggressive jazz face ever made. His baselines are anything but root note based and harmonize the chords underneath with new melodic dimensions and to top it all off his pad and string orchestration is second to none. Unfortunately with most things, the fame of an artist increases after their death and on February 10, 2006, Dilla passed away due to a blood disease. However it’s a statement in itself that he’s constantly being remembered and honored as one of the world best producers with new remixes coming out and lost remixes constantly being found from his archives. Check the links below for a few of my favorite cuts.

~ by overlanda on January 20, 2010.

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