Dilla >>>>> Meka


At the risk of drawing the ire of the all-important Internets community, I’ll say that I was never the biggest Jay Dee fan. Sure, he was a great producer and I liked what he did with The Pharcyde on Labcabincalifornia, and I count Slum Village’s “Fall-N-Love” among some of my favorite songs of all time (somewhere between Mary J Blige and Smif-N-Wessun’s “I Love You” and Hall & Oates’ “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”), but I never considered him to be the greatest producer of all time; that distinction I’ll always bestow upon DJ Premier.

But much like those people who’ll say the McRib is the greatest sandwich of all time when McDonald’s takes it off their menu (and not just a bizarre concoction of random animal parts mashed between some buns and a bottle of KC’s Masterpiece), the collective of hip hop hypocrites will claim that J Dilla is the greatest thing to happen to urban music since Gilbert O’Sullivan (look it up). I’ve never been convinced that most of Dilla’s fans today were purveyors of his music in the past, and seeing something like Drake perform “Climax” and get virtually an crowd full of blank stares only confirms my suspicions.

When James Yancey passed away four Februaries ago, hip hop lost a talent that was in the midst of peaking, having hitting a stride and developing his own distinct sound. Unfortunately for him he took the road less traveled, and had to deal with getting mixed up with Jermaine Dupri on many occasions, forcing the name change. Hell, I’m sure that some folks who heard Jay Dee had died confused him with the guy who brought us such awe-inspiring talents like Kriss Kross, Xscape and Bow Wow instead. Perhaps due to the manner in which he passed – cardiac arrest, unlike Big Pun’s whose heart simply gave out on him from years of abusing it – Dilla wasn’t looked at as some sort of mystical force whose life was tragically cut short due to violence.

There was even a time when Dilla was looked upon as the catalyst for A Tribe Called Quest’s breakup. Coming in when ATCQ was in the midst of their issues (never mind the fact Consequence came in around the same time as well, but to far less scrutiny), Dilla was wrongfully was accused of sabotaging their sound on Beats, Rhymes And Life when in actuality Tribe’s internal strife was what fucked up everything between them.

Seeing the way J Dilla is “appreciated” now is, quite frankly, almost sickening at times. Some of his “fans” today likely did not care about him while he was alive, and the type of faux devotion he receives from them now is just wrong. Yet I’m sure I’ll run into a few of these types at the next Donuts Are Forever party. Good grief.

Can you believe this disrespectful son of a bitch. First off he starts of by saying he was never a big fan of Dilla which is cool but the way he makes him out it’s like you made a couple of “aight” joints and that was it. DILLA’S BODY OF WORK IS INCREDIBLE (http://www.ohhla.com/YFA_jdilla.html)

Now it’s fine that you don’t appreciate that but many do and we have a right to claim Dilla as one of the greats because he was just because he wasn’t on MTV all day doesn’t mean shit his body of work speaks for itself. Go and listen to Busta Rhymes albums and tell me that the Dilla songs are not the best beats on the album same goes for Common.

I just recently received the “History” instrumental produced by Dilla from the good people over at Stonesthrow which is on Mos Def’s album “The Ecstatic” and nothing is fucking with that beat right now.

Dilla’s beats on Only built for Cuban Linx 2 (House of Flyin Daggers, Ason Jones and 10 Bricks) were exceptional and are now among some of Rae’s best tracks.

You have a point that alot of people not familar with his work have hopped onto the bandwagon but even so many of us TRUE HIP HOP HEADS out there knew of Dilla or Jay Dee’s work way before he died and only want to carry on appreciating his music for the short time that he was here with us. And even if you didn’t know about him till Champion Sound so what let people rep Dilla because i’d rather people jumped on the Dilla bandwagon then all over Drake’s nuts to be quite honest.

Your blog was pointless and lacked direction also you start off by saying your not a fan as if to turn your nose up at the whole thing and say what’s all the fuss about. Well let me tell you there was alot to get worked up about when my Dilla Donut Shop arrives I’ll do a mix especially for you to enjoy lol

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  1. I read that article yesterday and didn’t pay it much mind — what it says most is how low XXL writing standards are.

    You’re right, first he says he’s not a Dilla fan, which makes the article pointless to begin with – and also ironic, since he has posted plenty of Dilla on his blog. But he never really follows through on the title of the piece. That and little typos like “an crowd” just makes it come across like the typical cloudy-headed message board post.

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