Straight out the oven is another round of everybody's favorite weekly segment -- Jaison's Beats & Eats. This week i'm setting up the table for something special, and throwing some spice up in this piece. You know, for the kick. This week's edition goes out, in honor of one of hip hop's most renowned producers, to the late, the great J Dilla. I think I speak for just about every dignified hip hop head when I say that everyone in the game has some idea of J Dilla, and if not, has in some way, shape or form been influenced by the beats he's put out. Dude's music got more flavor than anything I've ever heard, or tasted. The month of February is recognized by many as the unofficial-official Dilla month; having been born on February 7th, and tragically passing away on the 10th of the same month. So in tribute, this week we're looking at --
J Dilla's Donuts
It has now been just a little but over 8 years since J Dilla released Donuts on his birthday on February 7th, 2006; a mere 3 days before his tragic death on the 10th of the same year. Boasting an impressive 31 tracks, nearly all of Donuts was recorded from his hospital bed after having been diagnosed with a rare and incurable blood disease the previous year. Now, Donuts is looked upon by many as one of the greatest hip hop records of all time, having topped many hip hop heads' lists. Donuts' oh so sweet sound is one that you just can't get enough of. It's a must-have in any record collection. SO --
I can personally confirm that donuts to Donuts is indeed a glorious combination, possibly the best pairing of any beat and eat I've had in a while. This sugary baked delight is the perfect accoutrement to Dilla's music. While the pairing for Donuts is painfully obvious (Donuts), let's take this one step further -- otherwise this is way too easy. I have experimented with many a donut whilst listening to Donuts, and I motion that donut holes in particular are the best donuts to enjoy Donuts to. The bite size nature of the donut hole complements the tracks on Donuts almost perfectly; almost every track on the record is less than two minutes long, keeping things short and sweet. At the same time, like donut holes, it's impossible to just have one. When listening to Donuts, each song does great on its own, but only when listening to them all straight does one get the full experience. Maple bars are a close second, but that's just cause they're tasty as fuck. Next time you feel like slapping "Gobstopper", "The Diff'rence", "Mash", or any other song off Donuts, grab a couple dozen of these and you'll be just fine.