Donuts - J Dilla aka Jay Dee
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  • Summary: Acclaimed hip-hop producer James Yancey released this instrumental disc shortly before his death at the age of 32.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
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  1. Years from now these "Donuts" will still be just as fresh as the day they first hit the store.
  2. Donuts is a big black pot of sonics, comparable only to Madlib's 2002 effort, Blunted in the Bombshelter, the difference being that this is all original material.
  3. Donuts just might be the one release that best reflects his personality.
  4. Be forewarned: Donuts can be a frustrating tease when the average instrumental clocks in around the one-minute mark. But for those who hold a true appreciation for Dilla and his avoidance of predictable sounds and mainstream beats, Donuts will sound right on track.
  5. 80
    Experiencing multitudes of brief bangers is a rare treat. [Mar 2006, p.113]
  6. The end result is akin to Norman Smith and DJ Shadow sitting in on a RZA-produced session-- spry, voiceless prog-hop by any other name.
  7. Fresh and interesting. [Mar 2006, p.138]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 39
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 39
  3. Negative: 3 out of 39
  1. Jan 3, 2012
    10
    One of my favorite and best Hip-Hop producers of all time. I love them instrumental album. It's so moving, fun, raw, funky, and jazzy. He's a unique producer (among with Madlib, MF Doom, and RZA). One of my favorite album of all time.

    R.I.P J Dilla
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  2. Nov 3, 2010
    10
    This is simply amazing. I don't usually listen to this kind of music but I've learned to appreciate greatness no matter in what form it comes in and this is certainly a great album I've listened to over and over countless times. Expand

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