RIP James "Dilla" Yancey
My baby told me that you were the greatest hip-hop producer that ever lived. I took his word for it cuz he's smart like that. He played me alot of your beats and made me a believer. I knew i'd already liked your stuff from Like Water for Chocolate but didn't truly appreciate it until J played me the instrumentals and i REALLY heard what you was doing on them tracks. Wow.
I wish i'd knew more about you sooner. I hate even feeling like i'm on some bandwagon now cuz its not like that. There was even this one time (my proudest moment) when J played a song out of the blue and right away i was like "that's Dilla!" and he smiled so big cuz he knew i was learning about you and understanding the immense talent that you possessed.
I remember hearing about how sick you were some time ago. It made me sad and i knew deep down that this day would come sooner than anyone thought. Everybody says that you're in a better place now...i wish you could come back or at least send an email and tell us all if that's true or not.
But in the meantime, i'm going to continue to enjoy your music and learn from the incredible legacy that you've left us.