He Didn’t Read Equipment Manuals

As Jay confessed in his final interview with Scratch in February 2006, he was self-taught on virtually all of his production equipment—a trait he adopted at the behest of mentor Amp Fiddler, who introduced Dilla to the MPC, but stopped short of showing him how to actually operate it. “‘Don’t use a book,’” Jay recalled Amp telling him. “‘You gotta learn on your own.’”