Label: Stones Throw Records
It's hard to overstate the greatness of James "J Dilla" Yancey's final album. These are minute-long loops created with a variety of production techniques, from chopping up and repeating seconds-long sequences of a given sample to playing others at half-speed so they take on a hallucinatory quality. Heard through the prism of his untimely demise, it's a farewell letter to the world that's full of incredibly beautiful moments, such as when he loops Dionne Warwick's "You're Gonna Need Me" for "Stop!" The simplicity and elegance of his technique leaves you open to the depth and power of his music.