Donuts was made on a hospital bed and in a home studio, on a stripped-down setup with a stack of vinyl. Released on its maker's 32nd birthday, three days before he passed away, the album has a resonance deeper than anyone could've hoped for or even imagined. Some who were close to Dilla have said that there are hidden messages in the samples, the track titles, and who knows where else.
J Dilla died last Friday, February 10, three days after his latest record Donuts was released on his 32nd birthday. The heralded hip hop producer had been diagnosed with lupus and finally succumbed to an incurable blood disease. Twisting the oft-dropped hip hop phrase “respect is due.” In the case of Dilla, respect was earned. Also known as Jay Dee, James Yancey was one of the heavyweights of this rap game.