When I learned about the fire that destroyed Q-Tip's record collection, I realized the magic of future A Tribe Called Quest albums was in jeopardy. In my mind, how could Q-Tip outsource production of some of the most important music in hip hop history to the Ummah? Who and what is Ummah? When I heard Dilla's drum beats later on and recognized them as the sound from Beats, Rhymes & Life, I then had someone to lay blame on. That was until I heard and fell in love with Slum Village's Fall In Love.
The mark of classic, timeless material is that you can revisit it at a later date and discover new dimensions and information you were not aware prior. I was listening to a Dilla tribute and heard one of the Donuts for the first time in years since buying the CD. It was the one with the sample of When I Die. It had not occured to me, or maybe I overlooked the fact, that he compiled Donuts before he died. Using that sample was more than appropriate. It was prophetic.
I think about the grand scheme of things especially when I can't understand why good people go too soon before what I think is their time or when tragedy strikes. Had it not been for that fire or Q-Tip even working with Dilla, there might not be a legend of J Dilla for us to speak of, listen to, write about or mourn today. That's divine intervention if I ever came close to understanding it.
For those that don't know, Donuts is not a conventional, traditional beats & rhymes hip hop album. There are no rhymes on Donuts. This is J Dilla left to his own devices before he died. The album is symbolically the last will and testament of one of hip hop’s most talented to the culture. Even non-hip hop heads reach for the album or aim to add it to their crates.
His death still impacts hip hop today. J Dilla could have possibly been one to save hip hop or at least resurrect it. With my knowledge of his importance to hip hop, I will again pay tribute to him on the anniversary of his death in February. The February 10 Suite Delight playlist will feature the artists listed above performing during Dilla Weekend.
R.I.P. J Dilla
The Suite Delight new time slot is Tuesday morning 1-2am EST on www.ckut.ca & 90.3 FM.
Below are some playlists to bring you up to speed.Check out the player below as well as the more recent podcasts here.
The Suite Delight - February 2, 2015 Playlist:
1. J Dilla – Don’t Cry
2. J Dilla – 100,000 Watts
3. J Dilla – Lightworks
4. Mobb Deep – Hoodlum Featuring Big Noyd & Rakim
5. Mobb Deep – Hell On Earth
6. Reflection Eternal - Fortified Live (Sensitive Ears Version)
7. Lootpack - Crate Diggin'
8. Lootpack - Long Awaited feat. Dilated Peoples
9. Diamond D - Only Way 2 Go feat. Pete Rock
10. Brand Nubian - Slow Down (Pete Rock's Newromix)
11. Slum Village - Jealousy
12. Jay Dee - Say How I Feel (Remix) feat. Rhian Benson, Slum Village & Dwele
13. Buff1 - Never Fall feat. Black Milk
14. Elzhi - Motown 25 feat. Royce da 5'9"
15. Camp Lo - Say Word feat. Jungle Brown
16. Aesop Rock - Limelighter feat. Camp Lo
The Suite Delight - May 27, 2014 Playlist:
1. Quantic & Anita Tijoux - Doo Wop (That Thing)
2. Sola Rosa - Turn Around Ft. Iva Lamkum (DJ Vadim Remix)
3. The Seatbelts - Cat Blues (Mr. Scruff Remix)
4. James Brown - Funky Drummer
5. The Cactus Channel - Wooden Boy (Part 1)
6. The Roots – Don't Feel Right feat. Maimouna Youssef
7. J Dilla (aka Jay Dee) - Love Movin' feat. Black Thought
8. Nas - It Ain't Hard to Tell
9. Termanology - How We Rock Feat. Bun B
10. Marco Polo - Lay It Down Feat. Roc Marciano
11. Buff1 - Never Fall feat. Black Milk
12. The Extremities - New Season feat. Ohmega Watts & Moka Only
13. Lords Of The Underground - Tic Toc (Remix)
14. Lone Catalysts - The Ultimate (Kev Brown Remix)
The Suite Delight - February 25, 2014 (2) Playlist:
- Nas - It Ain't Hard To Tell (Large Professor Remix)
- Diverse - Uprock
- Jay Dee - Pause feat. Frank-N-Dank
- Strong Arm Steady - Questions
- Souls of Mischief - That's When Ya Lost (Remix)
- Soul Khan - Knuckle Puck
- Quasimoto - Rappcats, Pt. 3
- Supastition - Yada Yada
- Murs & 9th Wonder - Murs Day
- Mobb Deep - Win or Lose
- Wale - Um'Ricka feat. K'Naan
- K-Solo - Letterman (Pete Rock Remix)
- The Extremities - Cold Cheese
- D-Sisive x Tone Mason – Maybe I Will feat. DJ Grouch
The Suite Delight - January 14, 2014 (2):
1. Robert Glasper Experiment - Perservere feat. Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco & Luke James
2. Outkast - Prototype
3. Shad - He Say She Say
4. A Tribe Called Quest - Bonita Applebaum
5. Keith Murray - Get Lifted (Erick Sermon Remix)
6. Theophilus London - Life of a Lover (Remix) feat. Blu & Jesse Boykins III
7. Edo G - Righteous Way
8. Donovan - Get Thy Bearings
9. Rare Earth - Born To Wander
10. Minnie Riperton - Reasons
11. Clarence Carter - Patches
12. Roy Ayers Ubiquity - The Memory
13. Easy Star All Stars - Time (Groove Corporation Remix)
14. Elaquent - The Official
15. J Dilla - Last Donut of the Night