Undeniably one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever, J Dilla’s influential “rap album without rappers” LP Donuts is now back in stock at Stones Throw. The story of Donuts is widely known but for those unfamiliar or just now diving into the genius of James Dewitt Yancey, this is a great place to start. Recorded with just a Boss SP-303 sampler and a portable turntable during a year when Dilla was in and out of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Donuts captures the essence of hip-hop with its wildly creative reimagining and flipping of seemingly disparate samples into completely new sounds. The album would later be described as “pure postmodern art” and influence generations of musicians and producers including Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Panda Bear, Erykah Badu, Kanye West, Joey Bada$$ and many many more.
– Phil Cho
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Tags: Breakbeat / Essential Listen / Samples