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

J Dilla, "Bye"

Confined to a hospital bed in 2005 while fighting the rare blood disease that would eventually take his life, Dilla still didn't stop working. With a small collection of 45s and a Boss SP303 sampler, he stripped down his sound to its barest essence for the album Donuts, released just days before his death. Listening to the ominously titled "Bye," it's almost as if Dilla knew he'd soon be speaking to listeners from beyond through his intricate chops of the Isley Brothers' "Don't Say Goodnight." A beefed-up version later found its way to The Shining and Common's Finding Forever as "So Far to Go," augmented by rhymes from Com and gorgeous falsetto work from an out-of-hiding D'Angelo. It was a fitting farewell to a true legend. 

(Photo:  Stones Throw Records)

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