10 Key J Dilla Beats

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  • Janet Jackson, Q-Tip, J Dilla
  • Slum Village, J Dilla
  • 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

Common, "The Light"

Questlove, Dilla and D'Angelo went on to form the Soulquarian collective, which also included keyboardist James Poyser, Erykah Badu and others. The hard-working drummer/producer recruited the crew to produce most of Common's fourth album, 2000's Like Water for Chocolate, with Dilla doing much of the heavy lifting. D and Com would go on to collaborate for years, but their finest, most transcendent moment came on the Grammy-nominated breakthrough "The Light," an earnest, quintessentially-Common love letter anchored by Dilla's gorgeous flip of Bobby Caldwell's "Open Your Eyes."

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