Repetition, Rupture, and Groove
|By AMIR SAID (SA’ID)|
What’s dope about any J Dilla interest is the fact that he’s increasingly being recognized for: samples, chops, ruptures, loops, and soul—hip hop. Just as with DJ Premier, Pete Rock, and Large Professor, a study of J Dilla brings you back, fundamentally, to the study of soul music. That being said, listen to this joint “History” by Mos Def and Talib Kweli—one of the best beatworks I’ve ever heard by J Dilla. It’s subtle yet direct and defiant at the same time… And yo, as you listen to this, ask yourself: Would this song have gotten any real strong reaction five years ago and why?
The music and videos below are presented here for the purpose of scholarship.
Mos Def – “History” Feat. Talib Kweli (Prod. By J Dilla)
Here’s the music video for “History”
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