Kanye West Recalls Watching J Dilla Work. He Compares Him To Quincy (Video)

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In 2005, Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music was the label responsible for Common’s sixth album, Be. That album, which was Common’s first Top 10 release (debuting at #2) was critical to the Chicago, Illinois MC’s career, and transformation. While West was responsible for nine of the LP’s 11 tracks, the other two were credited to J Dilla. The Detroit, Michigan producer was a founding member of Slum Village. The year prior, West had worked on “Selfish,” one of S.V.’s biggest hits without Dilla. Thus, Be would be a critical intersection of two of Hip-Hop’s most celebrated producer/MCs, and Midwest natives.

In newly released outtakes from 2014’s Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records, Kanye (who spoke extensively about Madlib in the documentary) also praised Dilla Dog. “I met J Dilla at Common’s crib just down the street here in L.A.,” said the artist during 2013 filming. “They were staying together, and I just remember looking at that MPC. And those drums came out of that MPC, arguably the best drums in Hip-Hop history,” professed ‘Ye about Dilla’s Akai sampler. “I just remember vibing with him and having so much respect, and just wanting to work with him more.”

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West also compared Dilla to one of music’s most celebrated producers of the last 75 years. “[J Dilla] had the organic feel but still the sonics were breakthrough, and he could give you a warm sound that still cut through speakers. It’s like he was making Quincy Jones production sessions inside his MPC.”

J Dilla died less than one year after Be released. The Geffen Records-backed album was nominated for four Grammy awards.

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Both ’90s artists that largely broke through as MCs in the early 2000s, West and Jay Dee each worked with Talib Kweli, Royce 5’9, and Q-Tip, among others.

Elsewhere in the 22-minutes of video footage, released by HypeBeast, ‘Ye discusses his vision for fashion, including his Adidas sneaker line.