J Dilla - Ruff Draft
In retrospect "Ruff Draft", originally out on the Mummy label back in 2003, marked a turning point in Dilla's career. In contrast to the often understated, mellow vibes and minimal, crisp drumbeats he brought to the boards for A Tribe Called Quest, Common, Busta Rhymes, The Roots, Erykah Badu and many more well-known names, "Ruff Draft" revealed ‰ÛÒ to those who heard it the first time around ‰ÛÒ a whole new side to Dilla's musical genius. Freewheeling, in-your-face synthesizers blend perfectly with an uncharacteristically sample-heavy approach that was as bangin' as it was experimental. And, as he indicated in the intro to the album, it's supposed to bump in your car like an old cassette ‰ÛÒ one of those well-loved ones that get played over and over and over. Stones Throw Records now presents the reissue of "Ruff Draft" as a crucial milestone in the evolution of one of hip-hop's greatest producers.