It was a dark and dreary day in the neighborhood today. . .
Okay, well it wasn’t that bad. The streak of warm sunny weather we’ve been having here in Jersey came to a bit of a dip today when some clouds and a harsh wind rolled in, necessitating some serious fuzzy sock wearing and tea consumption on my end.
Whenever a gloomier day like this comes around, I like to put on some music that I know will warm me up spiritually. Now, I don’t mean religiously, I mean spiritually. Something with great lyrics, a great groove, and a beat to warm my soul. So, naturally, I reached for J Dilla’s repertoire.
Now when most people first get to know me, they think that my music taste is going to steer clear of Hip-Hop, Rap, and RnB since I’m a huge rock fan, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
You’re talking about a girl from New York . . . who grew up in Brooklyn . . . in the late 90’s to early 00’s . . . with a sister 10 years older than her. Think about it.
Hip-Hop, Rap, and RnB are what ran the neighborhood I grew up in and ended up being some of the first music I was ever exposed to thanks to my older sister (*FUN FACT* because of her, to this day I can still rap Funkmaster Flex’s Biggie/Tupac live freestyle verbatim —come at me bro.)
But honestly, as an art form, I’ve always been a huge admirer of the genres and one person who always captivated me was J Dilla. As both a producer and an artist, it’s hard to come to his level stylistically. There’s a reason he was lauded so early in his career and continues to be in death. With Dilla’s beats, you don’t just hear them, you feel them.
And today, like I said, I was in the mood to feel something warm and I knew I’d find what I was looking for in one of my favorite euphoric J Dilla collabs (featuring two of his long time collaborators, D’Angelo and Common.)
So grab your headphones, plug ’em in and vibe with me and J Dilla’s “So Far Gone” featuring D’Angelo and Common.