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J Dilla’s Exhaustive Vinyl Collection Unearthed on Fuse’s ‘Crate Diggers’

J Dilla is, undoubtedly, one of the most influential producers in hip-hop. On Fuse TV’s informative music series ‘Crate Diggers,’ the show travels to Dilla’s hometown of Detroit to examine his expansive vinyl collection.

The late producer’s friends — rappers Frank Nitt and Grap Luva — along with DJs J. Rocc and Spinna, went to a storage facility in D-Town to dig through Dilla’s boxes of rare vinyl records. The group found old vinyl from artists Johnny Tillotson and Eberhard Weber that Dilla may or may have not sampled on one of his songs.

Dilla’s mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, supports the excavation and explains in great detail her son’s love for music production and collecting old vinyl. She also shows a colorful painting done by the SoulAquarian members Questlove, James Poysner, Q-Tip and Erykah Badu, which was created after Dilla’s death from lupus in February 2006. Badu wrote in paint, “Music is love…ain’t nothing real but love.”

The 24-minute episode also explores the life and career of the late producer. So check out the show and learn why there was no one illa than J Dilla.

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