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Author: Jordan Ferguson
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014.
Series: 33 1/3.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From a Los Angeles hospital bed, equipped with little more than a laptop and a stack of records, James "J Dilla" Yancey crafted a set of tracks that would forever change the way beatmakers viewed their artform. The songs on Donuts are not hip hop music as "hip hop music" is typically defined; they careen and crash into each other, in one moment noisy and abrasive, gorgeous and heartbreaking the next. The samples
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: J Dilla; J Dilla; J Dilla
Material Type: Biography, Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jordan Ferguson
ISBN: 9781501396953 1501396951 9781623561833 1623561833 9781623567194 162356719X
OCLC Number: 1069685269
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 136 pages).
Contents: Machine generated contents note: --
1. Welcome to the Show 2. The Diff'rence 3. Hi. 4. Waves 5. Stop! 6. The Twister (Huh, What) 7. Workinonit 8. Two Can Win 9. Geek Down 10. The New 11. Bye.
Series Title: 33 1/3.
Other Titles: J. Dilla's Donuts
Responsibility: Jordan Ferguson.

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"From a Los Angeles hospital bed, equipped with little more than a laptop and a stack of records, James "J Dilla" Yancey crafted a set of tracks that would forever change the way beatmakers viewed their artform. The songs on Donuts are not hip hop music as "hip hop music" is typically defined; they careen and crash into each other, in one moment noisy and abrasive, gorgeous and heartbreaking the next. The samples and melodies tell the story of a man coming to terms with his declining health, a final love letter to the family and friends he was leaving behind. As a prolific producer with a voracious appetite for the history and mechanics of the music he loved, J Dilla knew the records that went into constructing Donuts inside and out. He could have taken them all and made a much different, more accessible album. If the widely accepted view is that his final work is a record about dying, the question becomes why did he make this record about dying? Drawing from philosophy, critical theory and musicology, as well as Dilla's own musical catalogue, Jordan Ferguson shows that the contradictory, irascible and confrontational music found on Donuts is as much a result of an artist's declining health as it is an example of what scholars call "late style," placing the album in a musical tradition that stretches back centuries."--

"A compelling, multidisciplinary analysis of hip-hop producer J Dilla's deathbed record Donuts as both a cultural artifact and an example of historical 'late style'"--

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This intelligent book uses the records and insights of Dilla's contemporaries to examine his approach to production, his relationships within the genre, love of records and how Donuts can be seen as Read more...

 
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