I guess I’m on a serious J Dilla tip. But, man this cover is good. It’s actually not really a cover. It’s more of a rendition of Slum Village’s “Fall in Love”. Bilal and Pete Rock do their best to pay tribute to one of the greatest producers of all time. I love the jazzy flow on this track. I wish Toronto could attract artists to come together like this and put on a great show. I can only imagine if I was there. These french people don’t even look like they’re having fun.
Where would you rank J Dilla on your “Top Hip-Hop Producers” list?
For me, he’s #3, behind DJ Premier and Dr. Dre. I pretty much make my list looking at longevity and artists the producer has worked with. No one can really compare to Primo and Dre in those categories. But, Dilla is definitely up there. I love his smooth, relaxing, hip-hop sound. He’s also the perfect producer for girls to love, with tracks like “So Far to Go” or “Fall in Love”.
Another track I really like is “Think Twice” which is a cover of Donald Byrd’s 1972 track of the same name. It’s actually not really a cover, more of a sample, but this is a perfect example of how Jay Dee can make a song his own.
After watching the Seahawks upset the Saints and the Jets sneak past the Colts over the weekend, it got me remembering Superbowl XXXVIII when Janet Jackson whipped out her titty on national television. I think Chris Rock said it best.
“Janet done lost her damn mind, whipping out a titty on a Sunday afternoon. A titty on a Sunday afternoon! 40 year old titty? Your man’s titty! 20 year old titty? Community titty!”(From Never Scared)
Now, there was a time Janet wasn’t so ridiculous. One of her best songs, “Got ‘Till it’s Gone”, where she collaborated with Q-Tip and J Dilla, shows us her quiet, more rooted side. It samples “Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell and that was covered by The Counting Crows and Vanessa Carlton.