"I met Dilla by working in Battery Studios when Dilla was with Tribe Called Quest and Busta Rhymes. He was doing production for many of the artists that we would interact with at that studio, and we just became friends. We became huge fans of one another. And we became one of the artists he regularly collaborated with. At the end or top of each year, a lot of us would go out to Detroit and kinda shop for Dilla beats. There'd be Common, Proof, Pete Rock, The Roots, Erykah Badu, and Busta Rhymes, and Q-Tip. The list goes on and on. We'd all make our way out there to get Dilla tracks.
Dilla was around, and Proof, and Baatin from Slum Village; three great hip hop minds, three dope Detroit MC's. None of which are now with us.
"The way that 'Dynamite' came about was that one year we were all at Dilla's mom's house for New Year's Eve, trying to put together something that was gonna be on the new Roots album. And we found this loop, Dilla linked it up, I had my boy Rehani [ELO the Cosmic Eye] on that song with me. He happened to be with me in Detroit that year so we jumped right on it. We'd been drinking, so we decided to play around with a little tricky pattern and that's how we wound up with the intro.
"It was kind of like an echo style that we were kicking. We were just joking around at Dilla's mom's crib. Dilla was around, and Proof, and Baatin from Slum Village; three great hip hop minds, three dope Detroit MC's. None of which are now with us. That was a great time to be in the room. It was all those guys, like Pete Rock, Common, Questlove, and Dilla. We didn't realise how precious the moment was at the time."