Thursday, February 8, 2024

Detroit Stand Up! It's Dilla Day 🍩

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It's J Dilla Day:
Paying Homage to the Iconic Detroit Producer



It's Dilla Day, the birthday of the legendary hip-hop producer and music icon who left a lasting impression on so many influential rap personalities: from Q-Tip, D'Angelo and Little Brother to new Detroit upstarts like Boldy James. Today would have been his 50th birthday, and we're looking back at the different ways he has influenced Okayplayer's universe — from De La Soul lauding him as the originator of the modern beat tape to us curating our top Dilla tracks of all time.

De La Soul On How J Dilla Invented the
Modern Beat Tape



Okayplayer was in conversation with Pos and Maseo about J Dilla's beginnings in the game and the role they played in the fateful introduction between the talented Dilla and Q-Tip.
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'Dilla Time' Author Dan Charnas on Why J Dilla Is In A League Of His Own



We spoke with author Dan Charnas about J Dilla's complicated relationship with Q-Tip, and why he wants to recenter Slum Village and Fantastic Vol. 2 in the Jay Dee legacy.
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The 17 Best J Dilla Beats Of All Time

J Dilla wasn't just your favorite producer's favorite producer, he was also your favorite rapper's favorite producer. As Busta Rhymes once said, "His ability to EQ and hear the music a certain way — you didn't really have too much to do but rhyme on the shit." The Okayplayer editorial team took up the task of curating our favorite Dilla beats of all time.
To see our full list, click the button below:.
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An Introduction to J Dilla the Rapper



By 2001, J Dilla was arguably at the height of his power and influence as a producer. Already considered the spiritual and sonic center of The Soulquarians, The Ummah, and a contentiously-named sub-sector of R&B, J Dilla was firmly, albeit reluctantly, the pillar of a movement in Black music striving to simultaneously expand its foundations and the scope of its trajectory. In addition to his production genius, Okayplayer wrote a piece about how Dilla also excelled on the mic too, 
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