““[Don’t Cry],” definitely [was] for his mother. My favorite one, of course, was “Waves,” which he morphed a 10cc sample from Johnny “Don’t Do it,” to “John Do It, John Do It,” which, of course, is his little brother, Illa J. The way he found to have messages in all the songs—even the nihilistic nature of him flipping “I Don’t Really Care,” [on “Airworks”] nothing in there was [an] accident, at all. [And] that even displayed his genius more, that he communicated via sample.”—Questlove of The Roots (Speaking on Dilla)
“Dilla realized something was wrong with his health in January of 2002. He’d just returned from Europe and thought he had a bad flu. Sick to his stomach and complaining of chills, Ma Dukes took him to the emergency room at Bon Secours hospital in suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. His blood platelet count should have been above 150, but it was below 10. Doctors told his mother they were surprised he was still walking around.”—I was reading another interview of his (In XXL magazine) where they asked about his hospital stay and if everything was alright. HE SAID HE HAD FOOD POISONING. While the interview is in 2005, I read on a forum (I’m a Dilla nerd. I fiend over stuff like this) from 2002 talking about J Dilla’s kidney problem, and the rumor that he was in a coma (the rumor was only cleared in the XXL magazine interview above). They were clearly talking about the same thing. He was diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, and he told his fans it was food poisoning. I personally think that took a lot of character. He had die-hard fans and friends that would’ve sent him heaps of money for treatment yet he avoided it with the downplay.
Dope article on how Dilla’s family was really getting screwed over by his previous estate. The way Dilla’s mom handled Dilla’s death is really great. I watched another recent interview of hers and she says she still hasn’t cried. Instead of mourning over her oldest son’s death, she claims she’s rejoicing over the fact he’s not sick anymore and he got to share his gift with the world. That’s powerful.
Sucks how the estate was treating them tho. Dilla’s mom couldn’t use her son’s name or likeness. That’s really jacked up. None of Dilla’s money was going to his mom, nor his two daughters. That’s not what he would’ve wanted. I think it’s all cleared up now but this is still great.
“By the mid-1990s, Dilla was getting calls from some of the hottest stars of the day. He produced tracks for The Pharcyde, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest, and Q-Tip, with whom he founded the production collective The Ummah. Yet despite these high-profile projects, Dilla shunned the limelight. His love of music eclipsed any concern for dealing with industry politics.”—Kelley Louise Carter (In her article for Vibe Magazine)
“He can do a Dre beat better than Dre, and he can out-rock Pete Rock,” says fellow Detroit producer House Shoes. “But none of them could duplicate a Dilla beat. Much respect to those three. They were pioneers. But that’s the fucking truth.”—DJ House Shoes (Speaking on J Dilla)
“One of the things that he did say was… as he was like in a solid prayer, to his maker was… ‘I just wanna give to the world, my gift. I wanna give my music to the world.’ And this is what he said. We were in a coronary ICU and he was on like, 5 or 6 different monitors. Hooked up to, seemed like 10 machines, ya know? And during this time when he said that, not once, but more than once and this was his wish. And when I would come out of the hospital, he lived a good year and a half later… after that. So it’s so important that I feel that he was given this extra time, to do just what he asked. ‘Cause they didn’t think he was coming out of ICU. (Smiles)”—Ma Dukes (J Dilla’s mother) R.I.P.
I like you. And only you. No, I will not get bored of you. No, I will not lie to you. No, I will not lose feelings for you. No, I will not hurt you like someone from the past did. No, I won’t leave you for someone else. I understand these things happened before, but that doesn’t mean it’ll happen with me. If you spend most of our relationship being scared, it’ll end because you pushed me too far away. If things change, we’ll deal with it then, but until then, I’m all yours.
i hate the city i live in and how the school i go to consists of a majority of dumbasses that i want to kill on a daily basis.
Me too. I wanna go back to Downey.
god no, hahah i hate downey so much.
You’re so lucky you don’t live in Lakewood and go to Mayfair. There’s two or three people I’m down to kick it with outside of school. Downey has my niggas, we mob everywhere. Mayfair I just go home after school cuz everyone’s freakin lame -.-