Producer: J Dilla
Album: Xtended Play
Label: Needillworks? Ent.
You can't make a best of J Dilla list without including his long time associates, Frank-N-Dank. Introduced to the world on Dilla's Welcome 2 Detroit album, the duo followed Dilla throughout his digital phase, and their sound was shaped around Jay Dee's bouncy Detroit electro-funk.
The group secured a deal alongside Dilla at MCA, but their album was subsequently shelved (as was Dilla's). However during these 2002 recording sessions, Frank-N-Dank crafted the out-of-this-world “Okay,” which sounded like something recorded in another galaxy. The record was too great to go unheard and finally found a home on their 2004 album Xtended Play.