Donuts

J Dilla

STH2126

2/LP and CD with the "Smile" cover. For the older edition of the 2/LP with the "Drawing" cover, see: Old Donuts

Donuts began simply enough as an idea to turn a particularly good demo beat tape into a full-length release, and has since became a classic hip-hop album, one of the defining works of the artist's life.  

Completed during a year in which J Dilla spent mostly in a hospital bed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Donuts would gain particular poignancy when, only three days after it's release, February 10, 2006, the artist passed away, losing his battle with a rare blood disease.

Announced in Fall 2005, the concept of a “rap album without rappers” struck some as minor novelty, but Donuts would prove to transcend the rigid definitions of what a hip-hop album could be.  It plays part like a DJ mix, part like a hip-hop beat maker at work, its songs starting and stopping unexpectedly, like someone turning the dial on an imaginary radio station. But it's an unmistakably modern album, and one which perfectly encapsulated the artist's reputation among his peers and fans as a top-rated architect of soulful hip-hop.

Song
Artist
Producer

Donuts (Outro)

J Dilla

Workinonit

J Dilla

Waves

J Dilla

Light It

J Dilla

The New

J Dilla

Stop!

J Dilla

People

J Dilla

The Diff'rence

J Dilla

Mash

J Dilla

Time: The Donut of the Heart

J Dilla

Glazed

J Dilla

Airworks

J Dilla

Lightworks

J Dilla

Stepson of the Clapper

J Dilla

The Twister (Huh, What)

J Dilla

One Eleven

J Dilla

Two Can Win

J Dilla

Don't Cry

J Dilla

Anti-American Graffiti

J Dilla

Geek Down

J Dilla

Thunder

J Dilla

Gobstopper

J Dilla

One for Ghost

J Dilla

Dilla Says Go

J Dilla

Walkinonit

J Dilla

The Factory

J Dilla

U-Love

J Dilla

Hi.

J Dilla

Bye.

J Dilla

Last Donut of the Night

J Dilla

Welcome to the Show

J Dilla

Donuts

J Dilla

STH2126

2/LP and CD with the "Smile" cover. For the older edition of the 2/LP with the "Drawing" cover, see: Old Donuts

Donuts began simply enough as an idea to turn a particularly good demo beat tape into a full-length release, and has since became a classic hip-hop album, one of the defining works of the artist's life.  

Completed during a year in which J Dilla spent mostly in a hospital bed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Donuts would gain particular poignancy when, only three days after it's release, February 10, 2006, the artist passed away, losing his battle with a rare blood disease.

Announced in Fall 2005, the concept of a “rap album without rappers” struck some as minor novelty, but Donuts would prove to transcend the rigid definitions of what a hip-hop album could be.  It plays part like a DJ mix, part like a hip-hop beat maker at work, its songs starting and stopping unexpectedly, like someone turning the dial on an imaginary radio station. But it's an unmistakably modern album, and one which perfectly encapsulated the artist's reputation among his peers and fans as a top-rated architect of soulful hip-hop.

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