Posts tagged J Dilla
Un-Common is more like it…
… because there are few people out there who are consistently putting out soulful and truly awesome hip hop.
Since December of 1996, Common has been a favorite emcee. Upon hearing his albums Resurrection and One Day It’ll All Make Sense while still in junior high, I discovered a whole new genre of hip hop – one with some soul. His beats were unique, and had a jazzy feel to them. I am only now learning that much of that sound was due to Common’s work with J Dilla on his album Like Water For Chocolate.
Enjoy these selections, and all of his other great work, these are a few of my favorites:
Common – The Light (Produced by J Dilla)
Common – Invocation
Common – The 6th Sense (Feat Bilal) (Produced by DJ Premier)
Common and many other names in hip hop have touted J Dilla as the greatest producer ever…
I couldn’t agree more. J Dilla, aka James D. Yancey and the beats that he has produced over the years have been a staple within my music collection.
From his collaborations with the likes of Common, Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde and Erykah Badu to his time as a member of Slum Village J Dilla has been killing it.
Unfortunately for all of us, his music career and his life were cut short by a blood disease (TTP) in 2006. The music community has continued to sing his praise since his passing and we have seen his influence ring true through the genres and sub genres he helped create within hip hop.
This is my shout out to J Dilla. Rest in peace good sir. Your beats will continue to rock in our headphones and in our hearts.
J Dilla – Dreamy (Brabe Cover)
J Dilla – So Far To Go (featuring Common & D’Angelo)
Slum Village – Fourth and Back (featuring Kurupt) (produced by J Dilla)
Here is an interview with Common where he talks about J Dilla, their work together, and his influence over the entire hip hop music scene: