Sunday, February 7, 2010

Happy Birthday to (the Late, Great) J. Dilla

Influential producer James Dewitt Yancey, a.k.a. J Dilla, was born today, February 7, 1974.

The Detroit producer, who began collecting records at the age of two, is remembered for producing classics for the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, Common, De La Soul, Slum Village, and The Pharcyde.

In most circles, he is heralded as one of the top five producers of all time as his beats are still being used in today's music  (most recently, Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2).  His untimely death (cardiac arrest) occurred on February 10th, 2006 due to complications associated with TTP, a rare and incurable blood disorder.

Here are my two favorite Dilla beats (R.I.P):

"Runnin" by Pharcyde... Dilla rearranged the horns, guitar and piano on Stan Getz’ “Saudade Vem Correndo” to make this classic.

"Vivrant Thing" by Q-Tip... This one samples "I Wanna Stay" by the Love Unlimited Orchestra.  TIMELESS.

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