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Ruff Draft

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Disc 1 of 2
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Intro
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Let's Take It Back
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Reckless Driving
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Nothing Like This
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The $
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Interlude
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Make'em NV
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Interlude
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Crushin' (Yeeeeaah!)
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Shouts
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Intro (Alt)
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Wild
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Take Notice
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Shouts (Alt)
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Let's Take It Back - Inst.
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Reckless Drving - Inst.
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Nothing Like This - Inst.
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The $ - Inst.
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Make'em NV - Inst.
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Crushin' - Inst.
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Intro - Inst. (Alt)
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Wild - Inst.
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Take Notice - Inst.
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Total Tracks: 24   Total Length: 53:46

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Amelia Raitt is a former writer for the television program Mr. Belvedere and has been writing about pop music of all colors and stripes for eMusic since 2005. S...more »

04.22.11
Jay Dee aka J Dilla, Ruff Draft
Label: Stones Throw

Stones Throw continues its J Dilla memorial project by releasing this, a previously little-known vinyl-only album that Dilla put out in 2003 on his own label. On it, you can begin to hear the blossoming of the sound that would make up both Champion Sound (his collaboration with Jaylib) and 2006's Donuts: a ruffer, more grab-bag approach to production. Before, Dilla had catered to rappers that flowed over his work (including hip-hop luminaries such as… read more »

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Tru Hop

RoyaleD

ITS DETROIT & HIP HOP'S FINEST AT HIS BEST, THAT IS ALL...RHYTHM IN POWER DILLA

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I accedentally upgraded

Keith-Soul

And its cool, i'm up to 50$ a month for music, and ive allready used anouther 100 downloads. Idk, i can't stop, i love music, and Jay-Dee's a part of that music, that "real live sh**"

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This is Hip/Hop

metatron

I thought I hated hip/hop then I started to open my mind and ears and found real hip/hop. What gets played on MTV all the crap like Puff Daddy or P. Diddy or what ever he wants you to call his punk ass this week just give the genre a bad name. Stones Throw puts out the real deal.

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THE DILLA'S KILLA

DANIELTHELIONCONQUERER

IF YOU ARE TRUE DILLA FAN!!YOU MUST GIVE THIS A LISTEN!R.I.P DILLA ,GO OUT WITH A BOOM , BANG!!

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classick

kosherdill

amazing production - adding to the already vast dilla discography. get it.

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While Dilla awaited the fate of a solo album set to be released by MCA — which, due to corporate upheaval, wound up being thrown into indefinite unreleased limbo — he knocked out Ruff Draft, a ten-track EP released in 2003 on he and Frank-N-Dank’s short-lived Mummy label. Distributed only in Germany, the 12″ was aimed at Dilla’s “real niggas only.” Unsurprisingly, physical copies reached the hands of his keenest followers and few others. It wasn’t necessarily scarce; it was pretty much unknown, a low-key import release from a stealth producer. Over three years since its initial issue, and a little over a year since Dilla’s passing, Stones Throw steps in with an expanded reissue, adding four tracks to the original sequence with a second disc containing the instrumentals. When compared to Welcome 2 Detroit, it’s measurably more scattered, with stray ideas adding up to a less than cohesive whole that nonetheless engages entirely. Here, he makes moves further away from his past in the Ummah and, apart from a couple brief interludes and sampled interjections, it’s all his show, with his vocals on each cut — including “Nothing Like This,” where he sings with an effective flatness. If you’ve never cared for Dilla as an MC, it’s unlikely that you will be won over by these rhymes, since they entail his usual circuit of smacking down haters, getting money, and getting laid. Those who come for the productions and nothing else have plenty to lap up. Even the relatively straightforward beats (“Reckless Driving,” “Make’em NV”) take a few listens to fully appreciate, with subtle layers hovering and swirling in the background. The two key, previously unreleased tracks are “Wild” and “Take Notice.” On the former, drums and handclaps stumble over one another as Dilla is accompanied by an ambitious, young English kid doing a spirited cover of Slade’s “Cum on Feel the Noize.” On the latter, the slow-motion sci-fi theme from the original release’s “Interlude” is extended and bolstered by a hot assist from Guilty Simpson. Nothing is likely to duke it out with Dilla’s most known tracks, but the release is necessary for anyone with the slightest degree of interest. – Andy Kellman

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