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J Dilla Talks About His Sampling Inspirations in Rare Interview From 2003

J Dilla

The hip hop icon talks about his family in Detroit and how he only discovered Fela Kuti while working on Like Water For Chocolate.

J Dilla
J Dilla

The name “J Dilla” is enough to get my attention. Add “sampling inspirations” and I’m already sold. P3 Soul is a Swedish radio show featuring soul and hip hop interviews and in honour of 40 years in the profession, he uploaded a rare 2003 interview with J Dilla. He talked about his musical roots in Detroit as well as those sample inspirations.

From the open, Dilla talked about feeling like he’d “been here before” and shared a kind of soul link with the drummers who inspired him. He also talked about how, when he made music, he didn’t have a particular genre in mind. It was just music for him. We could all hear that too.

Stream the audio below.

40 år med P3 Soul: J Dilla

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