J Dilla’s Donuts Gets The Ultimate 44-Minute Fan-Made Visual Companion (Video)
Besides the posthumously-released “Last Night Of The Donut,” J Dilla’s 2006 album Donuts was not the kind of album that yielded videos. Stones Throw Records, who are independent greats at making compelling, cool visuals to match their extensive, dynamic discography, let the music do the talking when it came to the heralded instrumental LP, released just three days before James Yancey sadly lost his battle to an autoimmune disease.
YouTube user HoustonLovesJDilla added a 44-minute mega-video of far-reaching spliced footage set to Donuts. No question, Dilla would be proud, given the sample-matching (in video, no less…not an easy feat!). Also, the gritty, lo-fi style translates from album to video.
Found elements include Jackson 5, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, and others’ concert footage, the 1971 version of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, American Graffiti, and more.
If you want to begin with a toe in the jacuzzi, HoustonLovesDilla also released the videos a la carte on his YouTube page.