Earworm just released a mini-documentary on J Dilla‘s brilliance with the MPC 3000, and how he humanized the famed drum machine. Lovers of Dilla and production will enjoy this. Shouts to DJ Rasul for sending this to me to check out.
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.