In memory of the late, great J Dilla, I had the honour of a guest post over at bboytechreport.com in which I explored his magnum opus, 'Donuts'.
The post was published on 10 Feb. in memory of J Dilla passing away on 10 Feb. 2006, three days after his 32nd Birthday and the release of the game-changing album.
Without giving too much of the post away here, my feature focuses on the following topics.
- The context of 'Donuts'.
- How J Dilla, a revolutionary producer in his own right, pays tribute to fellow iconic and innovative producers on 'Donuts'. The producers being Pete Rock, Rza, and The Bomb Squad.
- J Dilla's mastery of the vocal snippet throughout 'Donuts'. How these snippets either explicity convey an emotion, or subtly add another, often haunting, layer to the track.
- The paradox inherent in an audience consuming art from an artist exploring their imminent demise.
Many thanks to Bboy Tech Report for giving me the platform.
Rest in peace to James 'J Dilla' Yancey.
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