J Dilla’s impact in the game is never forgotten. Last Sunday (Mar. 23), Talib Kweli led the NY Loves Dilla tribute concert featuring YC The Cynic, Phony Ppl and DJ Parler. Described as a young legend in hip-hop, Jay Dee’s influence can be seen in the work of his own Detroit-bred crew Slum Village, A Tribe Called Quest, Common and more.

The producer’s popularity and success is attributed to his eclectic production. The use of soul samples and heavy drums was a welcoming style during his come up. The underground was especially fond of him, but he was also able to crossover and gain respect thanks to big artists at the time like Busta Rhymes and Erykah Badu.

Making a list of any songs with J Dilla involved is difficult since they are so many classics in his catalogue. However, in honor of Dilla’s celebratory concert here in the East Coast, we put together a playlist of some of our favorite tracks. From “The Light” to “Reunion,” here are some ill tracks that’ll make you appreciate Dilla more.


1. Mos Def "History"
2. Guru "Certified"
3. Slum Village "Reunion"
4. Busta Rhymes "Show Me What You Got"
5. Raekwon "House Of Flying Daggers"
6. Jay Dee "African Rhythms"
7. Slum Village "The Look of Love Pt. 1"
8. Jay Dee "Two Can Win"
9. Jaylib "The Red"
10. Phat Kat "Don't Nobody Care"
11. The Pharcyde "Drop"
12. Jay Dee "Baby"
13. A Tribe Called Quest "Find A Way"
14. De La Soul "Verbal Clap"
15. Jay Dee "Love"
16. Erykah Badu "Didn't Cha Know"
17. A Tribe Called Quest "1nce Again"
18. Common "The Light"
19. Q-Tip "Vivrant Thing"
20. The Pharcyde "Runnin'"