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J Dillas Donuts From a Los Angeles hospital bed euipped with little than a laptop and a stack of records James J Dilla Yancey crafted a set of tracks that would forever change the way beatmakers viewed their artform The songs on Donuts are not hip hop music as hip hop music is typically defined; they careen and crash into each other in one moment noisy and abrasive gorgeous and heartbreaking the next The samples and melodies tell the story of a man coming to terms with his declining health a final love letter to the family and friends he was leaving behind As a prolific producer with a voracious appetite for the history and mechanics of the music he loved J Dilla knew the records that went into constructing Donuts inside and out He could have taken them all and made a much different accessible album If the widely accepted view is that his final work is a record about dying the uestion becomes why did he make this record about dyingDrawing from philosophy critical theory and musicology as well as Dilla's own musical catalogue Jordan Ferguson shows that the contradictory irascible and confrontational music found on Donuts is as much a result of an artist's declining health as it is an example of what scholars call late style placing the album in a musical tradition that stretches back centuries Hopefully this will be the first of many books to celebrate and discuss this albumFor anyone who is not familiar with who J Dilla is and wishes to start exploring one of the genius hip hop producers of all time Ferguson's book is a great primer I'm always used to reading about music which I did not live at the time it came out so to read this book for me was pretty surreal Ferguson does a great job on giving you background on who J Dilla is where he came from and why his music touched so many As with all works of genius you will probably learn some new things regarding the making of Donuts Like with all people who are so talented there's so much to discuss but I really do hope this gets the ball rolling for scholarship and in depth info on himI've been a big fan of Dilla for a long time so this for me a great tribute I read this in a couple of hours I couldn't put it down One my favorite from the 33 13 series so far J Dilla is everything I love about hip hop Donuts is his gift to the hip hop community who’ll be rapping over this for years Dilla reminds us anyone with a thorough knowledge of black American music in the 20th century has a great education in music A golden age which hip hop by recognising and celebrating it as such manages to repurpose and perpetuate Donuts is a genius curation 1 2 minute potent edits exuisite in themselves that a suggest a future and b send us back to the past At it’s best “Two Can Win” “Stop” “Last Donut of the Night” it’s thrilling heartbreaking exhilerating This happened – the grassroots uprising of soulful virtuosity that brought us jazz blues soul funk – it flourished and passed But Donuts a time machine gives it back I’ll admit to getting Donuts kind of late In England in 2010 someone I loved recommended it but I never uite settled into it Maybe my life was too slow; I preferred to luxuriate in Coltrane’s Crescent or Bitches’ Brew outtakes on the endless seeming winter busrides through Wythenshawe to my job at Manchester Airport But now with new relationship 3 stepkids studies writing music all bubbling at once on the stove of my attention the 2 minute salvos of Donuts suit me to the ground – little shots of love and adrenalin and wide eyed possibility that maybe could only have come from a guy about to be dead Check his plethora of other instrumentals mostly released since his death and see if you can find anything that breaks the rules like this does It’s a bag of seeds barely cultivated whatever he could gather in a hurry but worked with skilful vigour so it suggests near infinite outgrowths Composed – so legend has it – in a hospital bed with a turntable a sampler and some 45s gifted by his friends Donuts is state of the art love of music and community Dilla Detroit son of an opera singer and a jazz bassist with perfect pitch at 2 and his own turntable at 4 is a musical appreciator of genius Why did Dilla make Donuts Love of music plain and simple A authentic work of deep reverence and respect I doubt you’ll find RIP Jay Dee Two Can Win We all canRe the book it’s informative told me a lot I didn’t know and was glad to learn about Detroit hip hop It didn’t say a lot about the making of Donuts but there may not be much to say If you love Dilla I recommend it You can learn a bit of history of Detroit hip hop and a bit about J Dilla's history but that's about it Most of this book is an exercise in intellectual self gratification using the Donuts album as fodder Lots of pages that try to draw from philosophy literature psychology and other fields in an attempt to explain Dilla's work The author spends an entire chapter writing about himself as he tries to justify writing a book like this If you're seeking to learn about J Dilla's approach to sound and music I don't recommend reading this book The 33 13 books have always struck me as a brilliant idea with somewhat spotty execution The books generally follow the same formula analyzing a seminal album in 100 200 pages of insight interpretations andor the historical context of the work Each book is penned by a different author with a different approach so naturally there is considerable variation in uality As someone who really likes to dig into albums deserving of such mental exertion I much enjoyed the books where everything works like Ben Sisario's excellent take on Doolittle and was considerably disappointed by some of the needlessly abstruse OK Computer or autobiographical Wowee Zowee installments Thankfully Toronto freelance journalist Jordan Ferguson's examination of J Dilla's 2006 album Donuts is a well organized and illuminating read on one of the best instrumental hip hop albums everDonuts is a scattershot collection of beats that jumps from one idea to the next and pulls the rug out from the listener just when they are getting comfortable It makes for a great listen but thankfully Donuts the book is comprehensive and fully developed Ferguson follows the popular 33 13 format of beginning with historical background and the artist's career progression leading up to the album before delving into its actual content Much of the first half of the book consists of an extended biography of Dilla and his development as an artist The book draws from a wide array of interviews articles videos and other sources on Dilla as well as the history of the Detroit music scene The strongest point of Donuts is Ferguson's comprehensive research Dilla fans may already be familiar with some of the anecdotes and interviews referenced in Donuts which is to be expected to some extent but there is likely uite a bit of new material unless you have seen every YouTube video Frank N Dank DVD extra and read every random article on Dilla The book greatly benefits from the fact that Dilla and his mother who is also featured prominently was very revealing and engaging in his interviews He goes into considerable detail on his craft philosophy and his personal history and artistic evolution Ferguson also conducted some original interviews while writing the book He got time with Eothen Egon Alapatt the former general manager of Stones Throw Records who was instrumental in releasing Donuts as well as Stones Throw art director Jeff Jank These provide additional insight into Dilla's personality and how Donuts came togetherFerguson focuses on the album in the latter third of the book He is a very attentive listener pointing out small yet important details of the album I've listened to the album countless times and I never realized that while the album concludes with a reprise of the introduction there is a stutter that causes a jerky transition between the two Fergsuon goes on to explain how this plays into Dilla's affinity for samples with mistakes in them Many hip hop reviews turn into extended lists of sample sources possibly to flex their sampling knowledge musclesGoogling proficiency and this risk is clearly elevated when dealing with an instrumental album like Donuts There is a point to every sample Ferguson points out whether it is to highlight Dilla's eclectic I had no idea he was a Stereolab fan musical tastes or his knack for seamlessly integrating disparate sources into his beats While Ferguson rightfully heaps Dilla with a ton of much deserved praise especially with his gift for rhythm and drum programming need for constant innovation and disregard for the conventional rules of hip hop production Ferguson never enters mindless fawning territory another common misstep in 33 13 books He is refreshingly even handed throughout noting also much deserved critical swipes at his rapping ability and some weaker moments in his discography Ferguson's passion for his subject is evident throughout and he is clearly very knowledgeable about sampling and hip hop music in generalIn SumDonuts is definitely one of my favorite entries in the 33 13 series and is a worthwhile read for any fan of the album There are a few brief passages where Ferguson rambles a bit on critical theory but in general he held my interest throughout and offered a hefty bit of background on and reasons to appreciate one of my favorite albums of the last decade810

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