How this legendary hip-hop producer humanized a machine



J Dilla made his MPC3000 musical.

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There's a halo of reverence around J Dilla, a producer and beatmaker from Detroit who made some of the most fascinating and influential beats in hip hop history. Before his early death in 2006, J Dilla worked with countless artists and producers - from Erykah Badu and Janet Jackson to Busta Rhymes and Madlib - and developed an off-kilter style of rhythm and sampling that transcended the machine he used to create music, the Akai Midi Production Center, otherwise known as the MPC.

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Bria n "Raydar" Ellis' music:

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Compiled list of Dilla samples:

Redbul l Music Academy: res/questlove-new-york-2013

Don't Cry breakdown: ry/

Why J Dilla May Be Jazz's Latest Great Innovator via NPR: e/2013/02/07/171349007/why-j-dilla-may-b e-jazzs-latest-great-innovator

Waajeed breaks down Dilla samples: KVfrYf-_90KMHFIA

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