Producer: J Dilla, Erykah Badu
Album: Mama's Gun
Label: Motown Records
Featured on Erykah's sophomore album, Mama's Gun, which was recorded during the much-hyped Soulquarian era, Dilla's signature sound can be found all over the album. “Didn't Cha Know” was one of Dilla's many contributions to the project, and even snagged a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Song of 2001.
However, the song wasn't without its controversay, as Tarika Blue, whose “Dreamflower” was sampled on the track, never granted Dilla or Erykah permission—a common occurence throughout Dilla's career, though he usually avoided getting caught. A settlement was later reached out of court.
“Didn't Cha Know” proved that Dilla was more than just a hip-hop producer. He could dominate the R&B spectrum just as well, if not better than his contemporaries—many of whom would go on to flat-out bite his sound.