Producer: J Dilla Album: Ecstatic Label: Downtown Records
Black Star reunited for the first time in ages over a soulful Jay Dee instrumental, released three years after J Dilla's death. Those familiar with Dilla's legendary beat tapes had probably heard the Mary Wells–sampling track prior to the release of Mos Def's The Ecstatic, but Black Star over Dilla for the first time since “Little Brother” was enough to pique any fan's interest. History indeed.
Salute to Mos Def for actually copping a beat and putting money in Ma Dukes' pocket, thus supporting the legacy of her son. After Dilla's death many rappers recorded over his instrumentals, but few actually paid for the pleasure.