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J Dilla
The Shining

Known for his crisp snares and flavorful melodies, J Dilla carved out his own niche in the hip-hop landscape by crafting hits for everyone from De La Soul to Busta Rhymes. So the Detroit beatsmith’s death this past February left a void that can’t be easily filled. But mournful fans can find solace in Dilla’s soulful swan song The Shining, which commemorates his musical genius by juxtaposing lush loops with formidable flows. The Motown maestro sets the mood with the high-powered “Love,” where anxious strings and horns back Pharoahe Monch’s lyrical assault. Then he provides Common and D’Angelo with the watery ...

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