J Dilla, 'Ruff Draft' (Stones Throw)

Ruff Draft
Critical Mass
Label: Stones Throw

by Thomas Golianopoulos

The late producer/rapper James "J Dilla" Yancey had his signature sound: thick drums, expertly placed samples, and melodic keyboards (think A Tribe Called Quest's "1nce Again"). But on Ruff Draft, those sounds aren't so warm and fuzzy. "Nothing Like This" is all abrasive guitars and hammering drums, while "Reckless Driving" is nearly as aggressive. And though Dilla's rapping is never more than competent, Ruff Draft is still a platform for the versatility of his eccentric genius.

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