Monday, February 07, 2011

Thank you Jay Dee.

"J.Dilla: Still Shining" from B.Kyle on Vimeo.

Dilla believed in me and my nigga when no one else did and that's as real as it gets. I'm honored he was a part of my album and even had time to fit me in his busy schedule to smoke a blunt. He will definitely be missed but not forgotten.

I want to thank you, J Dilla, for being a constant source of inspiration for all of us. It's a shame that you had to go, but somehow I think you knew you didn't have much time and that's why you always worked so tirelessly. Your contributions go deeper. than music, and I apprecate that and I want to do the same. I miss you, and I look forward to seeing you again.


He was one of the few producers who was good enough to have all the most important artists in soul and hip-hop constantly knocking on his door. The first time he called me, I had to pinch myself. He went out of his way to work with Madlib and Stones Throw at a time when he didn't have to and for that, I'm forever thankful. He told me "I'm gonna take y'all on a ride, Wolf" and that's exactly what he did.

We put out Fantastic Vol. 1 and went down to St. Andrew's with two hundred tapes and sold all two hundred that same night. They started leaking into Ann Arbor, into Canada. MC Lyte got hers from Canada. The first "Fantastic" 12-inch, I think, came out in Japan, then hit over in London and started getting bootlegged heavily. That's when we really got our start. - BAATIN, MEMBER OF SLUM VILLAGE

Dilla, forever now, is number one in my eyes, just because he's gone, and that makes him even more of a number one. People ask, "What about Premier? What about Pete Rock? What about such and such?" Pete was out here for the funeral and everything, and he came to the club tribute and me and him just rolled one up, building on Dilla, and he was like, "Man, that cat was the illest, yo... my whole next album's gonna be on some Dilla shit." [laughs] Pete definitely knew. It's dope to see that someone that only had ten years in the game can change things that much and get that respect from his peers-people he looked up to, people he bit when he first started, people he learned from. That's dope. It's humble for those cats to be like, "Hands down, that guy was the illest. We're ill, too, don't get it twisted, but that guy right there was the illest. Jay Dilla." J.ROCC, BEAT JUNKIE AND JAYLIB'S DJ

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