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Old 1st April 2007
Originally Posted by linndrum9000 View Post
Hi there Russ, I read over your discography of work and noticed you worked on commons "like water for chocolate". This being my favorite Common album as well as my favorite work of the late Jay Dee, I was wondering if you had any interactions with this brilliant man that you would like to share as well as any techniques he used that stood out to you. Thanks.

R.I.P Jay Dilla!
wow what a major loss for us! i rememeber first hearing about Jay Dilla when D came in one day and he was all excited about this cassette Dilla gave to him. he had spoken about him before but i hadn't met him yet. the casssette (back then, CDR had not made it's way to many studios or homes) was The "Slum Village" demos, his original demos. i flipped out when i heard it. it was like he was doing exactly what we were doing, but on the hip hop side. D and Dilla were the same but each leaning on the opposite side.

i remember he had a vibe about him that was just positive and humble. he would always tell me how good i made things sound and we had many conversations about techniques, music, life... he was very inquisitive and asked me lots of questions about engineering. he just absorbed everything we did on the voodoo and common sessions. and he could pick up any instrument and get something happening with it.

a lot of the stuff we recorded were beats that Dilla came in with and we just recreated it and rearrangend them with live instruments. he had amazing skills on the mpc and would just come up with crazy things. he could make like 3 crazy beats in one hour. i don't really have anything i could tell you of any techniques that dilla used...sorry. he just did his thing and and it just sounded good, a natural!

ps: i mixed the song "can't stop this" on the roots "game theory" album. i mixed part ll of the song that's a big tribute to Dilla. ahmir had everyone leave messages on his voicemail and he sampled different excerpts from those voicemails and we inserted them in various parts of that section. it's pretty trippy...

thanks for remembering dilla