J Dilla – ‘Donuts’

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J Dilla
Donuts (45” Box Set)
Stones Throw Records

J Dilla’s Donuts sits right alongside Endtroducing… and Since I Left You as one of the finest examples of instrumental hip-hop/turntablism ever recorded. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that only seven years later, the album has already been reissued. However, this is not a gimmicky attempt to cash in further on Dilla’s masterpiece by the label, but rather a fantastic box of eight 7” singles, a format that suits the sonically-fragmented layout of the Donuts album fantastically. Furthermore, there are even some bonus tracks, most notably “Signs,” a great rarity from the Donuts era that fans of the record will unquestionably dig. If you can get your hands on this box (which may be a serious undertaking, as it has nearly sold out already), picking it up would be a great call. —Jacob Eckert

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