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J Dilla: Ruff Draft

Artist: J Dilla
Title: Ruff Draft

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J Dilla: Ruff Draft
Artist: J Dilla
Title: Ruff Draft

1. Product Details

Let me explain it. Its Ruff Draft. For my real niggaz only. DJs that play that real live shit. You wanna bounce in your whip sound like its straight from the mafckin cassette Ruff Draft... Lets do it.... Thus begins Ruff Draft. Released only on vinyl in February 2003 with European distribution this sought-after album remains the elusive key release in J Dillas catalog. Ruff Draft would later prove a turning point in Dillas career. He spent the 90s making a name for himself as an all-around top-notch hip-hop producer for A Tribe Called Quest Common and de la Soul eventually branch-ing ut to work with a variety of heavy-hitters in hip-hop and R&B including Busta Rhymes The Roots and Erykah Badu. In contrast to understated mellow vibes and minimal crisp drumbeats he brought to these groups Ruff Draft first revealed a whole new side to Dillas musical genius. Reewheeling in-your-face synthesizers and an unchar-acteristically sample-heavy approach that was as bangin as it was experimental. After Ruff Drafts limited release Dilla relocated from Detroit to Los Angeles where he would continue working on tracks for Commons Be Geffen 2005 hostface Killahs Fishscale Def Jam 2006 Busta Rhymes Big Bang Aftermath 2006 and his own material - all of this while dealing with a life threatening illness that was unknown outside his immediate circle. J Dilla died on February 10 2006 after suffering for over 2 years from complications of TTP a rare blood disease and Lupus. His passing came 3 days after the release of his album Donuts Stones Throw 2006. Coverage of his lifes work in Rolling Stone Spin XXL NYTimes Scratch Fader MTV The Source and his subsequently released The Shining BBE 2006 have presented Dillas music to countless new fans. Stones Throw Records is proud to release Ruff Draft for the first time on CD together with 4 previously unre-leased tracks and a bonus CD of the Ruff Draft instrumentals - all from the original master tapes.

1.1 Intro
1.2 Lets Take It Back
1.3 Reckless Driving
1.4 Nothing Like This
1.5 The
1.6 Interlude
1.7 Makeem NV
1.8 Interlude
1.9 Crushin Yeeeeaah
1.10 Shouts
1.11 Intro Alternate Take
1.12 Wild
1.13 Take Notice
1.14 Shouts Alternate Take
2.1 Lets Take It Back Instrumental
2.2 Reckless Driving Instrumental
2.3 Nothing Like This Instrumental
2.4 The Instrumental
2.5 Makeem NV Instrumental
2.6 Crushin Yeeeeaah Instrumental
2.7 Intro Alternate TakeInstrumental
2.8 Wild Instrumental
2.9 Take Notice Instrumental
2.10 Shouts Alternate TakeInstrumental

H 0.21
W 11.68
L 12.30

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