mainstream singles produced or co-produced by J Dilla, 1995-2001

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I thought it'd be interesting to look at this portion of his discography since I was always kind of surprised to learn, after he became a hero of 'underground' hip hop, that he'd been involved in all these hits and album tracks by big name artists but I just didn't know it because the production was usually credited to The Ummah or The Soulquarians or someone else.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Janet Jackson f/ Q Tip - "Got 'Til It's Gone" 8
Q-Tip - "Vivrant Thing" 7
De La Soul - "Stakes Is High" 7
Q-Tip - "Breathe & Stop" 7
Erykah Badu - "Didn't Cha Know?" 6
The Pharcyde - "Runnin'" 5
Common - "The Light" 5
The Pharcyde - "Drop" 4
A Tribe Called Quest - "1nce Again" 3
A Tribe Called Quest - "Find A Way" 2
A Tribe Called Quest f/ Faith Evans - "Stressed Out" 2
Erykah Badu - "Cleva" 1
Q-Tip - "Let's Ride" 0
De La Soul - "Thru Ya City" 0


let a :) be your ☂ (some dude), Monday, 27 June 2011 13:32 (ten years ago) link

voted "didnt cha know"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDBIvE9J4xk

arachno-misogynist (D-40), Monday, 27 June 2011 13:41 (ten years ago) link

these were all hits?

arachno-misogynist (D-40), Monday, 27 June 2011 13:41 (ten years ago) link

these weren't all bit hits or necessarily charted obv -- but these are all officially released singles by established 'name' artists, mostly on major labels

let a :) be your ☂ (some dude), Monday, 27 June 2011 13:47 (ten years ago) link

gotcha

arachno-misogynist (D-40), Monday, 27 June 2011 13:48 (ten years ago) link

Gotta be "Breathe & Stop". Although i do have a soft spot for "The Light", the beat anyway

Number None, Monday, 27 June 2011 13:54 (ten years ago) link

yeah i'm voting for "Breathe & Stop," that beat is so awesome. does he have any other great clubby uptempo beats like that?

let a :) be your ☂ (some dude), Monday, 27 June 2011 14:03 (ten years ago) link

also interesting that aside from Tip's solo career and Common, pretty much all of these artists saw their sales go down w/ their Dilla-produced projects compared to the previous albums

let a :) be your ☂ (some dude), Monday, 27 June 2011 14:08 (ten years ago) link

I suppose something from D'Angelo's Voodoo could be on here but it was never really clear what role he had in which songs on that album

let a :) be your ☂ (some dude), Monday, 27 June 2011 14:09 (ten years ago) link

my attempt to provoke pipecock into posting again was a total failure :(

some dude, Saturday, 2 July 2011 01:51 (ten years ago) link

Anyone who votes for anything other than "Vivrant Thing" (or maaaayyyybe "Got Til It's Gone") is a disgusting savage imo.

these goons were made for waka (The Reverend), Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:25 (ten years ago) link

"Breathe & Stop" is so so so so much better than "Vivrant Thing"

some dude, Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:26 (ten years ago) link

"Vivrant Thing" is top 10 jams all time imo

these goons were made for waka (The Reverend), Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:30 (ten years ago) link

"Breathe and Stop" is the weakest single from that album.

these goons were made for waka (The Reverend), Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:31 (ten years ago) link

it's not even top 10 songs q-tip has made (xpost)

some dude, Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:31 (ten years ago) link

shit it's not even top 30 songs q-tip has made

some dude, Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:32 (ten years ago) link

fuck you, that's one of my favorite songs ever and fuck you, fuck you fuck you

these goons were made for waka (The Reverend), Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:33 (ten years ago) link

i feel strongly about this fuck you

these goons were made for waka (The Reverend), Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:33 (ten years ago) link

i was being nice, for real i hated "Vivrant Thing" for like 10 years and have only recently been like it's aight

some dude, Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:34 (ten years ago) link

like i am literally fucking trembling right now that's how strongly i feel. there are some songs i will not stand to see dissed.

these goons were made for waka (The Reverend), Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:34 (ten years ago) link

like even after The Love Movement i was like Tip this shit is wack what are you doing

some dude, Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:35 (ten years ago) link

It's been one of the songs I am most happy to hear ever since it dropped.

these goons were made for waka (The Reverend), Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:35 (ten years ago) link

I wasn't really familiar with ATCQ at the time so there's no reason it would have that effect for me. I've always just heard it as one of the best party jams ever.

these goons were made for waka (The Reverend), Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:36 (ten years ago) link

mostly i think it's just hilarious that i touched a nerve without even barely saying anything bad about the song initially, because i could've been much meaner right off the bat!

some dude, Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:36 (ten years ago) link

Like...how the fuck can you be mad at Q-tip doing this fun song over one of the funkiest, most incessant beats ever? It doesn't compute.

these goons were made for waka (The Reverend), Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:38 (ten years ago) link

i agree that the beat is incessant, but not in the way you mean

some dude, Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:39 (ten years ago) link

Yeah, I recognize you weren't trying to be provocative or anything, there's just some moments where it's like you're getting told something that has brought so much joy to your life sucks and you have to react against it whether you want to or not, you know?

these goons were made for waka (The Reverend), Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:39 (ten years ago) link

right

some dude, Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:40 (ten years ago) link

i can't even give you the benefit of age gap because there were like 50 better rap hits in 1999

some dude, Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:40 (ten years ago) link

It's just like, that's been one of my favorite songs ever since I was a kid and I feel like I'm having the very core of my foundation spat upon. (I realize I'm doing some horrible mixing of metaphors but forgive me.)

these goons were made for waka (The Reverend), Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:42 (ten years ago) link

i can't even give you the benefit of age gap because there were like 50 better rap hits in 1999

― some dude, Friday, July 1, 2011 7:40 PM Bookmark

I'm struggling to think of one.

these goons were made for waka (The Reverend), Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:42 (ten years ago) link

Like...I can think of a few that are close and all but

these goons were made for waka (The Reverend), Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:43 (ten years ago) link

Jigga What Jigga Who, The Block Is Hot, What's My Name, My Name Is, Who Dat, Simon Says, Still DRE, Back That Azz Up, My Name Is, Money Cash Hoes, Bling Bling, Quiet Storm, Forgot About Dre, Ms. Fat Booty, Watch Out Now, Down Bottom, Guilty Conscience, Cash Money Is An Army, Bitch Please, Holla Holla, What Ya Want, You Got Me, Nas Is Like, Do It Again...

ok sorry, only 24

some dude, Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:45 (ten years ago) link

rev isn't easily trolled, so i'm just taking advantage of a rare opportunity here

some dude, Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:46 (ten years ago) link

I'm gonna call no on all of those. "Watch Out Now" is closest tho.

these goons were made for waka (The Reverend), Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:48 (ten years ago) link

"Got Your Money" is almost as good as "Vivrant Thing".

these goons were made for waka (The Reverend), Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:57 (ten years ago) link

ok fuck that song and fuck you

some dude, Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:58 (ten years ago) link

that's a serious piece of shit

some dude, Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:58 (ten years ago) link

smh

these goons were made for waka (The Reverend), Saturday, 2 July 2011 02:59 (ten years ago) link

sorry i'm just taking it out on you that ILM voted "Got Your Money" the 33rd greatest rap song of all time

some dude, Saturday, 2 July 2011 03:00 (ten years ago) link

I just discovered one of my very first ILM posts was about the greatness of "Vivrant Thing" tho haha. Didn't find what I was looking for tho. :(

xp: I never got around to voting in that poll so it would have been even higher if I had. :D

these goons were made for waka (The Reverend), Saturday, 2 July 2011 03:01 (ten years ago) link

ugh

some dude, Saturday, 2 July 2011 03:02 (ten years ago) link

i mean how that song can place over "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" and "Brooklyn Zoo" is in itself ridiculous but 33?

some dude, Saturday, 2 July 2011 03:03 (ten years ago) link

You hate fun, etc.

these goons were made for waka (The Reverend), Saturday, 2 July 2011 03:03 (ten years ago) link

so none of the 24 songs i posted upthread are fun?

some dude, Saturday, 2 July 2011 03:04 (ten years ago) link

Love both those songs, but would take "Got Your Money" over either. But this is another case of experiencing something as a hit vs. hearing stuff in retrospect.

xp That was a joke, obv.

these goons were made for waka (The Reverend), Saturday, 2 July 2011 03:05 (ten years ago) link

i would like to think my perspective isn't this warped and rong about my favorite songs from 1994 but it probably is

some dude, Saturday, 2 July 2011 03:08 (ten years ago) link

Fwiw, I think both "Vivrant Thing" and "Got Your Money" are both way more bright and disco-y than any of the songs you listed? That's kind of where my bias was at the time. I was fresh off the era of Puffy/Ma$e and "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It".

these goons were made for waka (The Reverend), Saturday, 2 July 2011 03:15 (ten years ago) link

Also listening to my mom's old disco records a lot.

these goons were made for waka (The Reverend), Saturday, 2 July 2011 03:18 (ten years ago) link

BOOM

SB OK (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 2 July 2011 11:52 (ten years ago) link

it's the worst Wu Tang hit and the worst early Neptunes hit, shit is just corny

― some dude

^ fucking ridiculous

Looking for that #Swagu? (contenderizer), Saturday, 2 July 2011 11:53 (ten years ago) link

Got til it's gone is the only Janet single I like. The other artists on this list have better songs.

Actually strike that. Breathe and stop and didn't cha know are way better than the janet single... still... nostalgia factor is winning for me this time so Janet it is.

joni mitchell never lies

Looking for that #Swagu? (contenderizer), Saturday, 2 July 2011 12:00 (ten years ago) link

Got til it's gone is the only Janet single I like.

it's good to know that no matter how far i stick my neck out, Moka will always be more o_O than me

some dude, Saturday, 2 July 2011 12:02 (ten years ago) link

haha true

SB OK (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 2 July 2011 12:03 (ten years ago) link

got to say 'runnin', but to be really real,

A Tribe Called Quest - "1nce Again"
A Tribe Called Quest f/ Faith Evans - "Stressed Out"
De La Soul - "Stakes Is High"
Janet Jackson f/ Q Tip - "Got 'Til It's Gone"
A Tribe Called Quest - "Find A Way"
Q-Tip - "Let's Ride"
Common - "The Light"
Erykah Badu - "Didn't Cha Know?"
Erykah Badu - "Cleva"

would all feature on my ipod playlist of fucking sublime awesome stuffz

his name was rony. rony from my cage. (stevie), Saturday, 2 July 2011 12:28 (ten years ago) link

went for "vivrant thing" cuz i liked it so much then and it's stuck w me since, but this is an insanely great series of tracks.

moka OTM abt everything: "gone til it's gone" is astonishing, at least close to my favorite jj single (great video, too). and "breathe and stop" and "didn't cha know" (and "got ya money" and "stakes is high"). and nobody's mentioned it, but pharcyde's "runnin", too, no thanks to people who aren't fatlip. umm, and "1nce again" (RIGHT?). such a thick, fucked up, fogged out sound, killer hooks almost every time. jeezis. come on. fuck.

xpost - well, almost nobody's mentioned it

Looking for that #Swagu? (contenderizer), Saturday, 2 July 2011 12:31 (ten years ago) link

I mentioned it, too!

jaymc, Saturday, 2 July 2011 15:36 (ten years ago) link

voted vivrant thing

dirty deathdrone boys (J0rdan S.), Saturday, 2 July 2011 15:48 (ten years ago) link

damn, rev went ham upthread

dirty deathdrone boys (J0rdan S.), Saturday, 2 July 2011 15:49 (ten years ago) link

That's as heated as I've seen Rev! Vivrant thing is controversial!

the beta banned (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 2 July 2011 16:00 (ten years ago) link

eh al was just trolling, i dont think theres anything really shocking abt liking vivrant thing as much / more than tribe stuff, nor is liking 'got your money.'

*rolls eyez on me* (D-40), Saturday, 2 July 2011 16:16 (ten years ago) link

i thought it was in fact a myth that he produced "got til it's gone". still, that.

prolego, Saturday, 2 July 2011 16:40 (ten years ago) link

wow, mind utterly blown anyone could have a strong opinion on vivrant thing let alone a nuclear one

r|t|c, Saturday, 2 July 2011 16:55 (ten years ago) link

lots of o_O here

billstevejim, Saturday, 2 July 2011 17:12 (ten years ago) link

Yeah, obv I overreacted and all but ¯\(°_o)/¯

these goons were made for waka (The Reverend), Saturday, 2 July 2011 21:14 (ten years ago) link

al relentlessly otm in thiz thread

i voted "vivrant thing"

death to ilx, long live the frogbs (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Saturday, 2 July 2011 21:22 (ten years ago) link

i dunno how "this" became "this" except that my phone is set to 2001

death to ilx, long live the frogbs (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Saturday, 2 July 2011 21:23 (ten years ago) link

"Breathe and Stop" is the weakest single from that album.

― these goons were made for waka (The Reverend),

On an album with lots of dull shit -- the dullest of his career.

Went with "Vivrant Thing" over "Didn't Cha Know"

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 2 July 2011 21:24 (ten years ago) link

Stressed Out holds really strong memories of meeting my wife, so has to be that. Otherwise Running.

Strictly vote-splitting (DL), Saturday, 2 July 2011 21:29 (ten years ago) link

'stakes is high' imo

Lamp, Saturday, 2 July 2011 21:40 (ten years ago) link

uhm love Tribe's Stressed Out

"breathe & stop" is great, just on the track alone, steamrolls the (sometimes) weak rapping, just need to ~listen~

Looking for that #Swagu? (contenderizer), Saturday, 2 July 2011 22:15 (ten years ago) link

Stop the nonsense. We're voting for J Dilla, there's no wrong answer.

Stakes Is High.

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 2 July 2011 23:32 (ten years ago) link

Love the reggae echo and just about everything else about "Find a Way," so many great lines. I always felt like "Runnin'" never lived up to its chorus and sound, but that's not Dilla's fault. "Stakes Is High" is so funky for being that sour. "Vivrant Thing" never did a thing for me.

Pete Scholtes, Monday, 4 July 2011 12:28 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 4 July 2011 23:01 (ten years ago) link

Rev otm like a motherfucker itt. Voting Cleva just over Vivrant Thing and Didn't Cha Know

Last Friday Night (G.T.F.O.) (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 4 July 2011 23:53 (ten years ago) link

al relentlessly otm in thiz thread

i voted "vivrant thing"

― death to ilx, long live the frogbs (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Saturday, July 2, 2011 5:22 PM (2 days ago) Bookmark

those seem like 2 contradictory statements though? or anyway i'm just mad at votes for vivrant thiz

some dude, Monday, 4 July 2011 23:58 (ten years ago) link

All of that first Tip album is garbage. Utter shite.

� (a hoy hoy), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 00:00 (ten years ago) link

Vivrant Thing is awesome! Totes voted for both that and Got Your Money in the rap-tracks poll

Last Friday Night (G.T.F.O.) (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 01:00 (ten years ago) link

(Sorry al)

Last Friday Night (G.T.F.O.) (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 01:10 (ten years ago) link

::shakes fist::

some dude, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 01:16 (ten years ago) link

the love movement's production is really underrated. some of the best stuff dilla ever did imo. didnt hurt that tribe put their normal engineering stamp on it either.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 10:12 (ten years ago) link

I despise The Love Movement so much. I tried to go back and listen to it with fresh ears last month but after a fantastic opening track I just feel like the entire rest of the album is ATCQ shitting in my ears; primarily using flat beats with no syncopation was really not my bag at all.

DJP, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 15:13 (ten years ago) link

Pulled the trigger on "Vivrant Thing." May be the only time I've ever not voted for Erykah when she's on the ballot.

ephendophile (Eric H.), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 15:30 (ten years ago) link

i could go for most of these really but i'm voting "got til it's gone" because the weather achieved in that track is something special, i think.

preschoolin' life (BradNelson), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 15:31 (ten years ago) link

like every element of the song seems transmitted from a distance? janet's voice, the sample, the bass. the only thing immediate and intimate is the rhodes which is basically predicting voodoo

preschoolin' life (BradNelson), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 15:34 (ten years ago) link

I dunno, I'd say Janet's voice sounds very intimate (but not immediate) on that song, like she's telling you a secret.

these goons were made for waka (The Reverend), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 16:13 (ten years ago) link

Listening to the last two minutes of "Drop" and wondering how I didn't vote that.

ephendophile (Eric H.), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 16:38 (ten years ago) link

i have a hard time thinking of "Drop" as anything but an annoying sample with a schticky video

hoovers like jagger (some dude), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 16:41 (ten years ago) link

tbf music video never gets to the song's denouement.

ephendophile (Eric H.), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 16:52 (ten years ago) link

So many good choices, but in the end nothing else hits me quite like Didn't Cha Know.

and I think Let's Ride may be the best of those 1st wave of Tip solo singles. As great as the other 2 are, I don't think that big mainstream club bangerz were really the best look for a Q-Tip.

The dad guitar, or "bass" in muso terms (Whitey on the Moon), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 21:32 (ten years ago) link

I heart the "Drop" video--that's beautiful schtick.

Pete Scholtes, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 22:31 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 5 July 2011 23:01 (ten years ago) link

Fine by me.

ephendophile (Eric H.), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 23:03 (ten years ago) link

they're all awesome awesome songs

YOUTUBE ...the people over there tell the truth. (stevie), Tuesday, 5 July 2011 23:05 (ten years ago) link

the beatminerz remix of drop is better than the original

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Wednesday, 6 July 2011 08:39 (ten years ago) link


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