Guest Star: "J.Dilla Is The Greatest Producer That I've Ever Met"
Monday, Feb 7, 2011 11:05AM
[As today marks what would have been J Dilla's 37th birthday, Busta Rhymes recalls how the iconic hip-hop producer's undying love for music prevailed until his final days.]
J Dilla ain't really the type of person who wanted all of his business out there. So I ain't really gonna get into anything too much about his personal side because Dilla was really a reclusive type of individual. That's probably why we know more about Dilla now that he passed away than we did when he was alive.
When it was up to Dilla, he definitely made sure to keep the accessibility that people had to his personal world to a minimum. You know what I'm saying? Now that he's gone, he's not able to filter that accessibility. Now we know a lot more about him and his music now than we could imagine when he was alive.
My thing about Dilla was that he was just a real hip-hop dude. He loved making his music and he really was the type of dude that wasn't about following anybody's moves or sh*t anybody else's way. And that's pretty much how he did things. He wanted to do things his way based on the way he felt and I think that's what made him so genius.
He was music until the day he passed away. Seeing him in his last days, when the sickness that he was dealing with was getting the best of him, he still kept his energy up and he still was making that music, man.
He was staying in L.A. at the time because he had to be close to the specialist that was treating him for his sickness and he would still come out of his crib when he couldn't walk and he was in a wheelchair rolling around his crib because he was too weak to walk. He would roll to his equipment and still make beats as incredible as he always did. Even in his weaker state, physically, because he would never let his conditions mess up his vibe or his spirit.
He was just one of those incredible dudes and that's pretty much it. I don't really want to get into too much more but Dilla is the greatest producer that I've ever met personally.
Busta Rhymes is a renowned rap veteran who has mastered the craft of emceeing, producing and acting within his long career within the entertainment industry. In addition to being a close friend to J Dilla, Busta has used the late producer's sound on every solo album he has released.