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Monday, August 3, 2009

'Ma Dukes' gets her due Dillagence

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Since his untimely death three years ago at age 32, venerated Detroit beatmaker J Dilla, née James Dewitt Yancey, has been deified like no one in underground hip-hop's history, inspiring scores of musical tributes, a run on his unreleased tracks, and a flood of praise from artists he collaborated with including Common, the Roots and A Tribe Called Quest. "He wasn't just a producer," Busta Rhymes famously said a couple of years ago, "he was the best producer."

Noted for a range that led him to craft both a Grammy-winning hit for Janet Jackson ("Got 'Til It's Gone," 1997) and an album with eccentric producer Madlib (Champion Sound, 2003), Dilla was known for chopped-up samples, delirious key melodies and soulful, downtempo beats.

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