Of all the official Dilla tribute releases, Madlib’s Beat Konducta Vol. 5-6 is one of the best.
Beat Konducta Vol. 5-6: A Tribute to…(Dil Cosby and Dil Withers Suite) was an instrumental album by Madlib released in 2009. With help from J-Rocc, the album paid homage to the late Dilla in style and form. The beats were as dusty as hell and there were plenty of them. If there was ever a natural successor or expansion of Donuts, this would be it. But this was more than your usual tribute. Madlib managed to put his own stamp on the tracks, as Madlib and Dilla helped to influence each other before Jay’s unfortunate death. The Cosby Suite (Vol. 5) was jazzy while The Withers Suite (Vol. 6) packed more of an eclectic punch, taking inspiration from video games, house music and more. It was samples aplenty and captured the soul that Dilla exuded in his music during his “Dil Withers” era.