Donuts (Stones Throw)
The GOAT will always be Donuts by J Dilla for me. This record transformed my approach to making music. Every track is a masterclass in sampling and beats. I was in college the first time I spun the album and I keep coming back… It truly stands the test of time and I always hear something new and unique when I listen.
J Dilla had the magic touch. His tracks were effortless, but complex at the same time. The use of repetition, tempo changes and intense compression still blow my mind. Donuts introduced me to side-chain compression, which you’ll hear all over the upcoming MG single, Treehouse. We lost a legend when J Dilla passed, but when I put Donuts on and cruise through L.A. with my windows down, I’m back in college just vibing and falling in love with the process of making music.
More Giraffes plays with Figs Vision and August 08 at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21 at the Hi-Hat.