Tragically passing away in 2006, J Dilla's impact can be felt far beyond the hip hop world.
The producer's approach - bold, continually inventive - has been referenced by voices which wouldn't connect in any other way with rap music.
Stones Throw documentary 'Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton' shone renewed light on the producer's legacy, with all manner of performers paying tribute.
Kanye West pays his respects in a new out take, in which he praised Dilla's impact on his own work:
"It’s amazing: How could we lose Biggie, Pac, Dilla, Steve Jobs, Michael Jackson? It almost feels like the devil’s winning. We gotta make music and we think, 'If Dilla was alive, would he like this?' I have to work on behalf of Dilla. When I put a weird-ass Jamaican sample, it works at first but it’s not until I put the [makes discordant musical noise] that it sounds like art or sounds slightly wrong. And now it’ll go to the radio now that it’s wrong, motherfucker. Now play this. Play this five-minute song that completely fucks up your programming. Play this. It's best respect that we can pay to great artists that have inspired us so much is to never fuckin'...never sell out."
Watch the clip below. (via Pitchfork)