Présentation de l'éditeur
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.
Biographie de l'auteur
is a freelance culture writer based in Toronto. He can be found online at poetryforgravediggers.com.