Producer: J Dilla
Album: Things Fall Apart
Label: MCA Records
It's said that ?uestlove initially fell in love with Jay Dee's production style because his drum patterns seemed so organic and real. Ahmir put his admiration into action when he invited Dilla to work with The Roots on their fourth album, Things Fall Apart. The Roots project was recorded at Electric Lady Studios at the same time as Erykah Badu's Mama's Gun and D'Angelo's Voodoo—and Dilla's sound shaped the way all three albums were recorded.
This is when the Soulquarians were born. The guitar flicks and choppy rhythm on “Dynamite” were right out of Dilla's playbook, proving the producer could work the same magic with a live band as he did with his MPC. This contribution cemented a long-lasting relationship between The Roots crew and Dilla Dog, effectively shaping the sound of neo-soul for the foreseeable future.