Editors’ Notes Detroit’s own J. Dilla has been elevated to the status of beat-making godhead in the year since his passing. Yet amidst all the tales surrounding the wildly prolific producer’s sick-bed spawned masterpiece Donuts and his Madlib assisted underground comeback Champion Sound, Dilla’s slick yet slightly off kilter productions of the mid and late ‘90s were once viewed with a mixture of scorn and confusion by the Hip-hop cognoscenti, who accused him of suffocating Tribe Called Quest’s spare boom-bap beneath unnecessarily baroque production. Though these criticisms now seem shortsighted, they inspired a ferocious response from Dilla in the form of Ruff Draft, a scruffy, fiercely insular statement of purpose from an artist who refused to be cowed by naysayers. Detroit MCs like Frank & Dank, Guilty Simpson and Lil’ Bit make some memorable guest appearances but the focus here remains firmly on Dilla’s beats. An otherworldly fusion of genres with a hip-hop soul and an icy electro heartbeat, Ruff Draft is a purposely disjointed collage of pilfered soul loops and metronome steady drumbeats whose beautifully low-fi sound resembles little else in Dilla’s catalogue.

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Intro
1
0:17
 
Let's Take It Back
2
2:10
 
Reckless Driving
3
2:41
 
Nothing Like This
4
2:33
 
The $
5
2:43
 
Interlude
6
0:49
 
Make'em NV
7
2:25
 
Interlude
8
0:45
 
Crushin' (Yeeeeaah!)
9
3:43
 
Shouts
10
0:51
 
Intro
11
0:48
 
Wild
12
2:19
 
Take Notice (feat. Guilty Simpson)
13
4:25
 
Shouts
14
1:47
 
Let's Take It Back (Instrumental)
15
2:06
 
Reckless Driving (Instrumental)
16
2:41
 
Nothing Like This (Instrumental)
17
2:33
 
The $ (Instrumental)
18
2:45
 
Make'em NV (Instrumental)
19
2:24
 
Crushin' (Yeeeeaah!) [Instrumental]
20
3:41
 
Intro (Instrumental)
21
0:46
 
Wild (Instrumental)
22
2:21
 
Take Notice (Instrumental)
23
4:26
 
Shouts (Instrumental)
24
1:47
 

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