Let me take a moment and thank everyone that has contributed to the series thus far. Toronto particularly has been showing A Month Of Donuts a lot of love. With that said Toronto rhyme spitter Spooks reflects on how he encountered Dilla’s music. Not only does he speaks on his music but about Jay Dee as a man with words i couldn’t agree more with. Grabs some donuts, grab some waffles, top it off with some beats and then hit the jump to read his legit write up.
Being someone who for whatever reason wasn’t exposed to Dilla (So I Thought) as my love for Hip Hop was budding (like Tremayne’s), I never REALLY understood the hype when i was younger. There was a time when some may even have considered me a hater. I hated on a lot of things for no real reason and I refused to give anything that was new or different a chance because i wasn’t used to it.
Boy, was i ever wrong.
Over time i started to realize (like Tremayne) that i could trace so many of my favorite artists music (The Roots, Common, Erykah Badu, Busta) – to name a few – back to one source…Dilla! it wasn’t like he just made beats for these people, he influenced their entire styles. This influence only spread further and became its own segment of Hip Hop culture. The Dilla Heads. If i was up on game from the beginning and I knew what Dilla’s slightly off rhythm drum patterns and ‘How the F*ck did he chop that’samples could do for the soul, i would have kept it to all myself and hoped that the mainstream never ever took it and tried to water it down too.
The only thing that amazes me more than Dilla’s music, is the man himself. He worked nonstop on his music day in and out for years and stayed humble. In the hip hop community its common to hear people say things like ‘imma do this or that til i die.’ but in Jay Dees case, we’re talking about a who guy who loved his craft so much he literally made beats on his deathbed. If that isn’t true passion, what is? Its taught me that when you find something you love and do it like you love it everyday, great things happen and people will be affected. ’A month of Donuts’ is a testament to that.
Now I’m a Dilla Head, a big one. Those who are familiar with my music will know that I love to rap on Dilla instrumentals and in a way, I’m glad im a ‘new’ Dilla head because I can look forward to hearing new Dilla music that I’ve never heard all the time.