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Listen: Robert Glasper – Dillalude #3

Robert Glasper, aka “The Jazz Guy” as he’s widely known by in the hip-hop community, released his third instalment of Dillalude over past the weekend that saw musicians around the world celebrating what would’ve been J Dilla’s 41st birthday. The famed jazz pianist, composer and producer has been releasing his live interpretation of Jay Dee tracks since 2011, and they’re pretty dope.

While the first and second Dillaludes had introductions from Q-Tip and Ma Dukes, this one featured words from T3 of the one and only Slum Village. Down tempo, beautifully composed, and drawing the listener with its nostalgic undertones (we can make out hints of Stakes Is High and Fuck The Police), it’s the perfect tribute to one of the most important and influential beat makers of our time.

Read below a first hand account from Glasper of meeting Dilla for the first time.

“So when I met Dilla, the first thing I asked him was ‘Where’d you get “Still Shining?’” which was a song he did for Busta Rhymes, which is one of my favorite hip-hop beats of all time. Actually, it’s my favorite hip-hop beat of all time. He literally pulled out the record and showed me what he did and how he did it right there. He was a very sharing kinda dude, you know you asked him a question and he’d tell you exactly how he did it.

He wasn’t insecure. I know a lot of producers and beatmakers that tell me “Dilla used to send me beats, he would send me a pile of beats just to have.” He was always sharing, always giving his stuff away. Cats out here are like “yeah, he sat me down, showed me how to use the MP.” I know a lot of stories like that with different cats. And that just shows somebody who has great humility and a cat that’s not insecure. When you’re dope to the core like that, you’re not scared.” – (Via Okayplayer)

This is an outtake from Glasper, Damion Reid and Vincent Archer’s forthcoming full length, Live At Capitol Records, due to release in June.

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