Back in 1994, Dilla (known then as Jay Dee) produced a beat for Da’ Enna C.
It’s always interesting to find out the humble beginnings of musician’s work, especially when they’ve gone on to be so influential. J Dilla is no exception. In 1994, a hip hop group named Da’ Enna C from Detroit gave the production reins to a young producer named Jay Dee. The track, Now, featured all the classic 90’s hip hop delights one would hope for: a chopped up break, an old jazzy sample and fun upbeat lyricism.
Da’ Enna C went onto release two more albums and disappeared into obscurity. Jay Dee, obviously, did not and found his way into the music of California’s The Pharcyde. As a starting point in hip hop, this was a great effort from Dilla and, knowing what he went on to create, just goes to show how much his work expanded.
Stream Now below.
(P.S. – If anyone knows more about Da’Enna C, be sure to let us know!)