News: Big Sean Pens Special "Two Can Win" J Dilla Tribute, "I Have A Responsibility To Honor His Legacy" [Audio]

Saturday, Feb 11, 2012 12:09PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

G.O.O.D. Music's Big Sean may now be a global hip-hop star, however, he is showing love back to his late hometown producer J Dilla be penning a tribute record in his honor.

On the sixth year anniversary of his passing, Sean dropped his "Two Can Win" dedication track.

"In honor of J. Dilla being one of the most influential producers of all time, I decided to lay a verse to one of my favorite tracks off of J. Dilla's Donuts. Being from Detroit I feel I have a responsibility to honor his legacy n continue it in my own way. His soul will live forever... RIP J. Dilla" (U Know Big Sean)

In the past, hip-hop artists like New York rapper Skyzoo have used the "Two Can Win" track for tributes.

"Two Can Win" is J Dilla's sampled verse of The Sylvers' "Only One Can Win." Rapper Termanology also recorded a track titled, "Only One Can Win" using J. Dilla's track "Two Can Win." The song is a tale about a man choosing between rap and a woman. He pays respect to Dilla in the beginning of the song. Rapper Skyzoo has recorded tribute tracks using "Two Can Win" and "Last Donut," among others. (Wikipedia)

Last year, rap veteran Busta Rhymes spoke to SOHH and reflected on Dilla's legacy.

"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." (SOHH Guest Star)

Dilla passed away from medical complications in February 2006.

Despite having to perform in a wheelchair, he was still able to tour in Europe during late 2005. Donuts, an album of instrumentals that had been completed during one of his extended hospital stays, was released on February 7, his 32nd birthday. Three days later, while staying at his Los Angeles home with his mother, he passed away, a victim of cardiac arrest. (All Music)

Last June, Sean talked to SOHH about his Finally Famous debut album putting on for Detroit.

"H*ll yeah, I represent Detroit in everything I do," Sean told SOHH when asked if he is ready to carry the torch for his city. "That's my city, they show me love. Detroit is a city where you have to earn your love. I earned their love and they show me love back. Everything I do is for my city. Detroit has the most soul in the world and I feel like it's my shot to show it to the whole world and show a different perspective than Eminem shows. But shout-out to Em, shout-out to Kid Rock and Royce Da 5'9, Trick Trick, Slum Village, Street Lord." (SOHH)

Check out the "Two Can Win" dedication below:

Big Sean - Two Can Win by illRoots

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