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In contrast to the often understated, mellow vibes and minimal, crisp drumbeats he brought to the boards for those groups, Ruff Draft revealed — to those who heard it the first time around — a whole new side to Dilla's musical genius. Freewheeling, in-your-face synthesizers, blend perfectly with an uncharacteristically sample-heavy approach that was as bangin' as it was experimental. And, as he indicated in the intro to the album quoted aboveit's supposed to bump in your car like an old cassette — one of those well-loved ones that get played over and over and over.
This album marked a geographical change for Dilla, as well as a musical one. At the same time as he was completing Ruff Draft, Dilla was crafting the beats that would become his contribution to the Jaylib album, Champion Sound Stones Throw, — his collaboration with the L.
The two iconic visionaries had been influencing each other from halfway across the country; now, they were collaborating on wax — each rhyming over the other's beats. Dilla's stylistic unpredictability and technical rawness announced first Album) Ruff Draft became undeniable with his work on Champion Sound, as he and Madlib joined forces to champion all things "ruff. Dilla would spend his last few years in Los Angeles.
As his health gradually declined, his pace of music making never did. His beats became, if anything, more urgent — the product of a visceral need to create, as if he knew he had only so much time left. This album may have single-handedly birthed a trend of already established solo hip-hop artists collaborating on full-lengths.
This Album) the last project released in his lifetime, recorded and produced in his final days and released on his birthday Feb. He would pass just three days later, Album). Completely instrumental with tracks seemingly not intended for rappers or singers, the myriad vocal samples employed help the album tell its own story if listened to closely enough. Listen Interested in seeing more articles like this one?
Want to join the Discogs community of music lovers? Sign up for an account here. I debated including it, but wanted to keep it to releases he actually produced or appeared on. Shoulda done an honorable mention! Great post!
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