Producer: J Dilla
Album: Fantastic, Vol.2
Label: GoodVibe Recordings
Fantastic Vol. 2 was set to drop in 1998 as part of SV's deal with A&M Records, but when the label folded, the album was stuck in limbo. The album finally saw release in the summer of 2000, and by this point, Dilla had raised his profile considerably, becoming the toast of the underground and a full-fledged member of the Soulquarian collective.
Dilla flexed his muscles to land some high-profile collabos for Vol. 2, but the album's biggest moments didn't feature any guests at all. “Players” was one of the more fascinating inclusions on the album. Dilla was a master manipulator of noises, sounds and voices, but what he did on “Players” was the stuff of legend.
Sampling a simple “Clair” from The Singers Unlimited song of the same name, Dilla slowed the lyric down beyond the turntable's pitch capacity so you think you're hearing the word “Players.” When this sampling feat was unearthed and fully comprehended it solidified Dilla Dog as one of the G.O.A.T.s and had true heads bowing in his presence.