J Dilla Tribute Special
Recorded at Boombox in Los Angeles United States
NYC United States
Hip hop visionary, champion producer, songwriter and The Ummah mastermind - Ali Shaheed Muhammad pays tribute to the one and only Dilla.
Born and raised in Brooklyn early teachings on DJing and music production from his uncle led _(artist-name)Ali Shaheed Muhammad_ to further musical messing with high school friends Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Jarobi White: a group of gentlemen that would soon become notorious under the name _(artist-name)A Tribe Called Quest_. Over the course of five classic albums, Tribe re-defined hip hop - no more, no less. Their highly innovative approach to sampling rare jazz and funk gems, coupled with clever rhymes, sharp bohemian flows, and warm, full-bodied bass lines has been pivotal to hordes of beatmakers and rap crews ever since. Besides his output with Tribe, Ali Shaheed worked as a producer and remixer for the likes of Brooklyn underground favourites _(artist-name)Da Bush Babees_, _(artist-name)Eric Benét_, _(artist-name)D’Angelo_, _(artist-name)Fu Schnickens_, _(artist-name)KRS-One_, and _(artist-name)Gil Scott-Heron_, just to name a few. He also formed part of production unit The Ummah alongside Q-Tip and the late _(artist-name)Jay Dee_, who not only brought a whole new twist to the Tribe sound on their last two LPs but also scored big hits for _(artist-name)Busta Rhymes_, _(artist-name)Towa Tei_ and Janet Jackson (yes, credits sometimes lie, even if _(artist-name)Joni Mitchell_ might not). After both ATCQ and The Ummah officially disbanded, Ali went on to found the r&b super-group _(artist-name)Lucy Pearl_ with _(artist-name)Raphael Saadiq_ and Dawn Robinson, and continued to produce music for other artists such as _(artist-name)Angie Stone_ or _(artist-name)Mos Def_, before moving on to his solo ventures. His debut album, _(album-title)Shaheedullah And Stereotypes_, saw him taking to the mic for the first time in 2004, spurred on by his feelings of being a Muslim in America after 9/11, and he’s held his own as one of hip hop’s most unique and creative forces ever since. You on point, Ali Shaheed? You bet.