Influential producer J Dilla would have celebrated his 42nd birthday today (Feb. 7). Sadly, the late studio maestro is no longer with us. The Detroit native passed away on Feb. 10, 2006, after a long battle with lupus. Thankfully, his music and legacy continues to be celebrated year after year.
Although illa is a great producer, he was also a formidable MC. Granted, he wasn’t no Kendrick Lamar, but the Donuts creator could spit some quotable bars whenever it was requested.
While his discography is filled with memorable beats, we wanted to take a look back at his work as a rapper. When it came to his lyrical skills, Dilla Dawg didn’t take himself too seriously. He would often spit braggadocios rhymes, but he also could get abrasive particularly on his most controversial song, “F— the Police.”
In honor of Dilla’s 42nd born year, as well as the 10th anniversary of his classic album, Donuts, here is The BoomBox’s list of 10 Best Lyrics from J Dilla.
R.I.P. J Dilla!
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