10 Key J Dilla Beats

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  • 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
  • Common, J Dilla, Questlove, D'Angelo, Erykah Badu
  • J Dilla, Dwele
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  • Busta Rhymes, J Dilla
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  • J Dilla, Jay Dee

A Tribe Called Quest, "Get a Hold" 

In 1995, Detroit music vet Amp Fiddler introduced Dilla to Tribe, who recruited him to produce for their 1996 album Beats, Rhymes & Life, as part of their beat-making crew, the Ummah. Though Dilla and Tribe's partnership may have peaked two years later with "Find a Way," this 1996 banger was the stunning debut of his late '90s signature sound — hypnotizing, beautifully manipulated samples juxtaposed with woofer-wobbling bass and impossibly hard drums.

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