10 Key J Dilla Beats

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  • Common, J Dilla, Questlove, D'Angelo, Erykah Badu
  • J Dilla, Dwele
  • J Dilla
  • Busta Rhymes, J Dilla
  • J Dilla
  • J Dilla, Jay Dee
  • The Pharcyde, J Dilla
  • De La Soul, J Dilla
  • A Tribe Called Quest, J Dilla
  • Janet Jackson, Q-Tip, J Dilla
  • Slum Village, J Dilla

Busta Rhymes, "Takin' What's Mine"

Busta Rhymes was one of Dilla's earliest and most frequent collaborators, with the Detroit boardsman contributing standouts to nearly every one of his albums. Ironically, their best work is arguably this cut — a tongue-in-cheek carnival ride of sped-up vocal samples, drunken synthesizers and hand claps — released posthumously on Busta's Dillagence, a mixtape tribute to his fallen friend. If this is what these two were capable of cooking up after so many years of working together, it's hard not to think that their partnership was only just beginning to fulfill its untapped potential.

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