J Dilla's final masterpiece Donuts turns 10

According to hip-hop lore, the reason J Dilla named his final album Donuts was simply because, well, he liked doughnuts. The thirty-one beats that make up Donuts ended up being somewhat of a last will and testament for James Yancey, who died just days after the release of Donuts on February 10, 2006.

The beats still turn up on albums by hip-hop’s greatest. “Lightworks” went to the supervillain MC Doom for a song of the same name, and “One for Ghost” fulfilled the title’s prophecy and became Ghostface Killah’s “Whip You With A Strap.” Elsewhere, the beatmaker still influences artists of all genres with his innovative uses of rhythm and sample placement. Celebrate the life and times by gobbling down a baker’s dozen or so of Donuts.


What’s your favorite Dilla beat? Share below.


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Kevin Stairiker is a features writer for Fly. He is a graduate of Temple University and enjoys writing in third person. When he isn't writing, he's probably playing guitar for a litany of bands, reading comics or providing well-needed muscle at The Double Deuce.

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