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.