Hailing from San Diego, “bonafide sample chopper, storyteller, and bar dropper” recently released “The Sound (Dilla Tribute)” as an ode to someone who has influenced him musically – the legendary producer J Dilla. February marks not only J Dilla’s birthday month (2/7/74) but also the release of his last project (not including posthumous releases) “Donuts” 12 years ago, which blessed the ears of fans just a few short days prior to his death. Thus, it is an honor to feature the talent of someone who was not only influenced by J Dilla but also helps to keep his legacy alive. But before you get into the track, see El Blue’s response when he was asked how J Dilla has inspired his craft:
“Ahhhh… Dilla was everything for me as a producer. He showed me the possibilities of how much I can do with a sample. The man gave us freedom in terms of sample choice and really showed off how anything can be chopped. The whole mystique behind Dilla lead to my initial interest, but I just took it and ran with it from there. I consider myself a versatile artist and Dilla is a main reason why. He had so many styles ranging from soul, to jazz, to electronic, to funk, to neo soul… I mean that made me say “Imma be the same way… Imma do it all” and I do now. Beyond Dilla’s sampling ability, he made me realize how important it is to learn how to play instruments and sample yourself, which is something I do all the time. Freedom was the biggest thing Dilla gave me.”
– El Blue
R.I.H. James Dewitt Yancey aka J Dilla. And, El Blue, thank you for allowing TGSofHH to feature your tribute and keeping J Dilla’s legacy alive.