After teasing fans with a trailer earlier this week, Fuse has released the full episode of its ”Crate Diggers” series featuring J Dilla.
In the mini-doc, which can be viewed above, Fuse explores the music and legacy of the late Detroit producer and rapper, who passed away in 2006 from a blood disease brought on by a lupus-related autoimmune disorder. Collaborators and family members like Talib Kweli, J. Rocc, House Shoes and Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey weigh in on the Slum Village alum’s career and impact on hip-hop.
“My brother’s an old school producer like Quincy Jones, where it’s like he doesn’t got to be in the video, like, ‘Hey, I produced [the song],” says Illa J, Dilla’s brother and musical collaborator. “He played the background. He didn’t want that spotlight, he had a love for the music and wanted people to feel it. He didn’t need for people to know that, ‘Oh yeah, I produced this joint for Janet, or I did that for Busta.’ I would have to find out about tracks that he did. I would hear about it, like, ‘Yo, I didn’t even know you did that track!’”
In his 12-year career, Dilla produced songs for the likes of Busta Rhymes, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest and numerous others.