Dilla in his home studio. Photo: Raph Rashid. And while those of us in the underground will never forget the valiant battle Too Poetic of Da Gravediggaz faced in before succumbing to colon cancer, the experience of watching such a universally beloved figure such as Yancey slowly succumbing to his illnesses was indeed new territory for the art form.
Peanut Butter Wolf: To me, Donuts was a combination of all different styles of music. Prog rock, sweet soul, early electronic music, you name it. You know, a lot of his beat CDs, and Donuts especially, were all so heavy on soul. And I think that sense of versatility he showed on those recordings affected everyone, because a lot of those beats were polar opposites. You have a 10cc sample one song, and then Dionne Warwick on another.
•Elefanten-Crème - Loriot - Loriots Festival Dilla was up for sampling any genre of music at any time. Adam Dorn: I totally think Dilla inspired jazz in recent years. Chanting - J Dilla - Nahh..Never Too Much Donuts with drummers. A non-drummer has influenced more jazz drummers or rather jazz-like drummers than any other drummer in recent memory.
It affected Tortoise, however, especially when we were making Beacons of Ancestorship and the whole way we constructed that record, or at least parts of it. Photo: Courtesy of J Dilla. Does it look like that from your end? Why or why not? But I was intrigued only because what he did with an SP was so advanced.
He was a real musical visionary in terms of how he created sounds, and that is forever relevant. Stones Throw was never meant to be genre-specific nor is Madlib, nor was Dilla.
It was really unique, man, and really refined. I would say Madlib is way sloppier in his stuff than Сальваторе Адамо* - Старуха, Идол И Птицы / Ты Не Узнаешь Это (Flexi-disc) was. Everything was just grabbed and Love Came Tumblin Down - The Monks - Black Time behind the beat, too.
In your opinion, do you think Dilla had this magnum opus in his mind or was the creation of these beats done on a more cathartic level or therapeutic level for him that summer he was in the hospital? Riggins: He would make the beats from his hospital bed at Cedar-Sinai.
Wolf: I think the pain and suffering he dealt with off and on through his final years contributed to the album he created coming out the way it did, but when he gave me the first Donuts demo on CD, he was in between hospital stays.
He was in my car with Madlib and I and we were going record shopping and he just gave it to me to play in the car. But, after I told him I wanted to release Donuts as an instrumental album, he told me he wanted to go back and work on the tracks even more and make it even longer, which he did, and then he got sick and went back to the hospital. I still have the original early version of the album on CD that he gave me somewhere in my garage or storage and have been meaning to dig it up and hear how different it was from the final album.
Was it based on an actual shop? So the story goes the album was named as such because Jay loved donuts. But what was the true meaning behind the title? Riggins: Listening to music with Dilla was really comedy. We would all go record shopping and spend the whole day at the record store. He was a funny dude. Esqueça Tudo Que Passou - Rodrigo Otarola - Rodrigo Compacto de 1979, who was the most famous person to reach out to Stones Throw about Donuts?
He did it back in before he was really known. It definitely made me feel appreciated! While Dilla was alive, Ma Dukes had his back more than anyone. She stayed Chanting - J Dilla - Nahh..Never Too Much Donuts the hospital with him the whole time and tended to him as much if not more than any of the nurses.
She went through so much during his final years and was the rock that held us all together. That freaks me out the most. Combine that with churches churning out players and you Chanting - J Dilla - Nahh..Never Too Much Donuts a rebirth of musicianship.
Jeff Parker: We were all giant fans of that record in Tortoise, man. I mean, we all loved Dilla in general.
It was a very exciting time. It was totally different from the stuff that he had been doing. When I first put it on, I was actually kind of put off by it. I was actually just listening to it very recently and I always hear new things every time I listen to it.
I was so moved and touched to be in the audience for that one when they did it in L. It was really incredible. Riggins: I feel like the music created on Donuts was really timeless and genius, especially in the way he used those chops and the way he manipulated those samples. He was not just a beatmaker.
When I listen to Donutsit still sounds totally fresh. We get it: you like to have control of your own internet experience. But advertising revenue helps support our journalism.
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